CS MAKES INITIAL SPLASH AT ECAC OPEN

The College of Staten Island made it’s initial splash at the U.S. Naval Academy in the ECAC Open Championships today, wrapping up an exciting day with a set of records to boot.  The collection of five CSI swimmers participated in four total events this morning and evening, and below is how they fared in each:

– The team of Nick Defonte, Jonathan Gorinshteyn, Timothy Sweeney and Derek Villa first participated in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay.  In the morning preliminaries, CSI registered a 17th place finish with a time of 1:29.51, narrowly missing the evening’s final cut.

– Next up was lone women’s swimmer Ewa Wojciechowska in the 50-yard Freestyle.  She would clock in at the preliminaries with a time of 25.78, which was good enough to register 38th place overall.

– Sweeney was next up in the men’s version of the 50-yard Freestyle.  In the preliminaries, Sweeney had a fantastic swim, beating his seed time by nearly half a second and coming in 13th overall with a time of 20.92.  That was good enough to be a CSI and a CUNYAC record and it guaranteed him a spot in the evening’s final heat.  Once there in the late afternoon, Sweeney turned in a time of 20.97, good enough for 12th overall.

– To cap things off, CSI was able to register a 16th place finish and a trip to the final heats in the 400-yard Medley Relay.  Defonte, Gorinshteyn, Sweeney, and Villa raced in at 3:36.88 in prelims, advancing their seed time by nearly three full seconds.  CSI then swam an almost equal 3:36.94 in the evening heat to again finish in 16th place.

Complete Results so far are available HERE.

CSI will continue the ECAC Open tomorrow for morning preliminaries in four more events.

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