The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are getting set to introduce their season tonight, and will be travelling to Queens College for a 6pm dual meet with the Knights to officially ring in the year. The CSI men are the defending CUNYAC Champions, while the women are looking to add to the history-making run of last year when they set 20 new school records.
CSI vs. QUEENS COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI Men (0-0 Overall) Women (0-0 Overall) vs. Queens College Men (0-0 Overall), Women (0-0 Overall)
Where: Queens College – 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
Meet Time: 6:00pm
Last Year’s Result: Men: CSI won 130-98 / Women: CSI won 115-111
Players To Watch (CSI): Tim Sweeney is the anchor of the men’s unit and is coming off of a super season where he was named the CUNYAC Championship Meet MVP. Look for swimmers like Stephen O’Driscoll and Derek Villa will look to provide ample supporting points. On the women’s ledger there is no doubt that two central pieces are Dakota Dawkins, CSI’s Female Athlete of the Year a year ago and Ewa Wojciechowska, the CUNYAC Championship Meet MVP and multiple record holder. They will look to guide the Dolphins again this season.
Players To Watch (QC): Senior Lawrence Lai is expected to be among the leaders for the men’s unit this season. Juniors Matesuz Stypulkowski and Benjamin Yakubov will be expected to deliver valuable points. On the women’s side, Kailey White is a superior diver who will look for valuable points on the boards. The young Knights have a roster that boasts 10 freshmen and sophomores out of 11 total athletes.
News and Notes: Last season was the first meeting between these two teams with CSI taking both races. The women’s race was one of the closest of the season, with CSI winning by just four points. Divers will compete tonight, but in two separate one-meter competitions.