MEET RESULTS Staten Island, NY | The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams took to the pool this afternoon at the CSI Sports & Rec Center to take on CUNYAC rival Baruch College in a dual meet at 6:00 p.m.  After the water calmed from what was a heated race the Dolphins came out on top 237-207.  The men improved to 2-3 overall on the year and moved to 2-0 in the CUNYAC with a 144-87 win in the men’s portion.  The women unfortunately came out on the losing side of this contest and fall to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the CUNYAC after losing 120-93 to the Bearcats.

The meet opened up with the women’s 200 yard Medley Relay which saw the Dolphins touch the pad second just four seconds behind the top team of Baruch with a time of 2:02.12.  Ewa Wojciechowska picked up some much needed points for the women in the 50 Free with a first place finish with a time of 26.02. Caitlin McLoughlin is not normally a diver but was called upon for the 1 Meter Diving portion of tonight’s meet and came up big with a score of 123.45 to give the Dolphins 9 points and a first place finish to keep them within distance of the Bearcats.

The women’s 100 Free was one of the closest races this year as it was a battle between CSI’s Naomi Gaggi and Baruch’s Amy Sung as the two finished only a couple hundred of a second apart. Gaggi found herself touching the pad second with a time of 1:02.99.

Dakota Dawkins continued to strive in the 100 yard Breast stroke and recorded a time of 1:12:16 a full six seconds before the second place finisher.

The men started the meet off with a solid relay as the team of Tim Sweeney, Derek Villa, Roberto Hidalgo, and Nicholas Defonte placed first and gave the Dolphins 9 points and the lead early on.  The men would hold onto that lead throughout the meet and never surrender the lead to the Bearcats.  Villa gave the Dolphins another 9 points in the 1000 Free when he posted a time of 10:56.86.

Tonight was the night of close races and the men’s 50 Free was no different as Defonte posted a time of 23.42 while Andrew Lubrino posted a time of 23.55 to come in second.

The lanes to watch in the men’s 200 IM were Sweeney and Jacky Lau, the top swimmers from each school.  Lau had a lead early on but Sweeney was determined to finish in the top spot and switched gears late in the race to pick up a first place finish with a time of 1:58.22 while Lau finished with a time of 2:00.68.

Ayman El Haddad once again led the way for the Dolphins on the boards with a series of flips and twists and posted a score of 223.50 in the 1 M diving.  He once again led the Dolphins on the 3 M with a score of 189.75.

The women are back in action on December 1 when they take on CUNYAC opponents John Jay College.  The men will return to the pool on December 18 where they will face off against CUNYAC opponents Lehman College in another dual meet.