The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the Metropolitan Swimming & Diving Championships this evening at Rutgers University, and took their share of laurels and records back with to the campus with many highlights.  The Dolphins men finished 9th among 16 teams while the women placed 15th.  Below is a rundown of how the team fared on the third and final day:

– The men opened with the 200-yard Backstroke and Nick Defonte earned into the evening finals with a run of 2:01.78 in the morning preliminary heat.  Defonte then bounced up one spot and finished 20th overall in the field in the evening heats with a time of 2:00.35, a personal-best time for him.

– Up next was the 100-yard Freestyle.  Ewa Wojciechowska with a time of 54.70 earned 12th place in the prelims while teammate Naomi Gaggi placed 36th at 1:00.18, while Alicia Defonte was in next at 1:00.99 good for 38th.  In the evening’s final heats, Wojciechowska would fare a time of 54.41 good for a tie for 11th place and a new CSI school record.  On the men’s side, Derek Villa posted a time of 49.90, good for 37th place overall, while Omar Zaky placed 49th with a time of 52.79.  Chris Pinto finalized with a time of 58.66, good for 70th overall.

– Up next in the 200-yard Breaststroke, Jonathan Gorinshteyn posted a prelim time of 2:50.53, good for 18th overall and a trip to the evening final.  There, he moved a spot into 17th with a time of 2:18.11.

– CSI senior Tim Sweeney was up next and scored a 1:50.82 finish in the 200-yard Butterfly, good for second overall in time for the evening heats.  Then, Sweeney finished third overall with a time of 1:51.04.

– The final event was the 400-yard Freestyle Relay.  The CSI men’s unit of Nick Defonte, Zaky, Gorinshteyn and Villa secured an 11th place finish in the preliminaries to secure a return trip the final.  There, CSI moved up to 9th overall with a time of 3:15. 52 from Sweeney, Villa, Gorinshteyn and Defonte.  Sweeney’s split time in his 100-yard Freestyle sprint was good for the CSI and CUNYAC Record.

– For his efforts Sweeney was named the Co-Outstanding Senior Award with defending national champ Jessie Novak from Rowan University.  It was the first such honor ever for a CSI swimmer at the Metro Championship.