The College of Staten Island men’s swimming and diving unit scored an emphatic victory on Wednesday evening, storming past Brooklyn College, 153.5-87.5, in the Brooklyn natatorium as part of conference play. CSI leveled to 3-3 overall this season and 1-1 in the CUNYAC.
CSI was convincing in victory, winning 11 out of the total of 13 races. It started with a 1:49.85 run by Chris Pinto, Brandon Lei, Tim Sweeney, and Derek Villa in the 200-yard Medley Relay, setting the course for a great night. One event later, Villa struck gold with a great 11:06.15 showing in the 1000-yard Freestyle, winning the event by over two full minutes.
Stephen O’Driscoll added a first place finish in the 200-yard Freestyle, an event where teammate Chris Sorenson placed third. Later, in the 200-yard Individual Medley, Andrey Tarasov took his first of three individual first-place finishes. He would later add wins in the 100-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Breaststroke.
Sorenson added a big victory in the 100-yar Butterfly, beating his own teammate O’Driscoll by less than half a second. Pinto added a winner in the 100-yard Backstroke, while Sweeney added a healthy 4:57.73 race time in the 500-yard Freestyle, winning the event by over a minute and a half.
In diving, John Pignatelli kept his torrid pace alive, winning on both the one and three-meter boards by a combined 100 points. Ayman El Haddad placed second on each board as well.
The meet against Brooklyn is CSI’s final in 2014. They will pick up action again on January 8, 2015, when they travel to face York College at 6pm.