The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving units were on the road this afternoon, traveling to Bronxville, NY, to take on Sarah Lawrence College in non-conference competition. The CSI men soared to a 137-52 win, extending to 6-1 overall on the season, while the women fell 133-45, to fall to 4-5 overall.
The Dolphins rolled to a big win in the opening 200-yard Medley Relay and then coasted from there. Derek Villa earned the first individual event with an 18:23.32 run in the 1,650-yard Freestyle, winning the event by an even three minutes. Nick Defonte then won convincingly in the 200-yard Freestyle, and in the 50-yard Freestyle, Timothy Sweeney followed with a slim win, racing in at 22.23, beating SLC’s Anthony Lee who came in at 23.08.
Before Sweeney won another in the 200-yard Butterfly, Jonathan Gorinshteyn joined the party with a win in the 400-yard Individual Medley. Defonte won his second gold in the 200-yard Backstroke and before that freshman Omar Zaky raced in 54.78 in the 100-yard Freestyle. Villa earned another first-place finish in the 500-yard Freestyle installment and then Gorinshteyn added another win in the 200-yard Breaststroke with a race time of 2:27.75. To end the race, the team of Sweeney, Villa, Chris Pinto and Brandon Lei won the 400-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:37.94.
The CSI women had a lot less luck in the pool, running into a very strong Gryphons team in the pool. Naomi Gaggi turned in CSI’s lone first place finish, with a time of 6:08.18 in the 500-yard Freestyle. She also turned in a second place faring with a time of 21:10.60 in the 1,650-yard Freestyle, and later, Ewa Wojciechowska also gained second in the 50-yard Freestyle with a time of 26.95. CSI didn’t compete in the next two events and then Wojciechowska scored her second silver medal with a 58.29 turn in the 100-yard Freestyle.
Samantha Escobedo gained her highest faring in the 200-yard Backstroke, coming in at 2:33.39. To wrap up, Alicia Defonte, Jamilia Mambetalieva, Escobedo and Olivia Brown took second in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay.
The Dolphins will now be idle until Thursday, January 19, when they travel to Adelphi University for another non-conference meet.