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.