It proved to be a tough evening for the College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, as the pair dropped their CUNYAC openers to Baruch College on Thursday evening.  The CSI men fell 120-85, while the Bearcats scored a 121-79 win on the women’s end.  The CSI men evened to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the CUNYAC, while the women fell to 1-3, 0-1, respectively.

Despite the losses, CSI scored some solid wins on the night in individual and relay events.

On the women’s side, CSI finally struck gold in their fourth event, when Victoria Crea raced in the 50-meter Freestyle at 29.93.  One event later, fellow frosh Ewa Wojciechowska scored a 2:42.43 finish in the 200-meter Individual Medley, and later, Crea struck again in 100-meter Freestyle competition with a top time of 1:05.15.  Finally, CSI scored their final first place finish when Wojciechowska powered to a 4:57.85 finish in the 400-meter Freestyle, beating the competition by 43 seconds.

Kelly Walsh also turned in two second-place performances in the 800-meter Freestyle and 100-meter Backstroke, while Tina Chen earned a pair of silvers in the 100-meter Butterfly and 100-meter Breaststroke.

The men’s side had more success at the top, but Baruch was able to power by with their depth, scoring a majority of second, third, and fourth-place finishes.  First up, the team of Derek Villa, Danila Novikov, Tim Sweeney and Sergio Miranda came in tops in the 200-meter Medley Relay, and then Sweeney took gold in the 200-meter Freestyle with a race time of 2:00.28.  In 100-meter Butterfly competition, newcomer Chris Sorenson top top billing with a time of 1:19.40, while Nolan Reese placed second at 1:28.67.  Novikov then took the first of two first place finishes in the 100-meter Backstroke with a time of 1:04.45, and added another in the 100-meter Breaststroke at 1:08.24.

CSI will next be in action on November 19, when they host William Paterson University at 6pm at the Sports & Recreation Center in both men’s and women’s action.