The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming & diving team were in action for the first time this afternoon at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center. The Dolphins and Knights of Mt. St. Mary College squared off for the first time since 2009 where the Knights also claimed victory. On the men’s side, the Knights defeated the Dolphins 114-103 while the Dolphins women fell 54-150. The loss drops both the men and the women to 0-1 on the year while the Knights improved to 2-1 on the men’s side and 3-0 on the women’s.
The women’s 200-yard medley relay team (Gabriella Bartley, Lisnette Salano, Victoria Crea, and Victoria Musarella) opened the meet with a third-place finish with a time of 2:20.88. For the men, Ibrahem Hassan, Jonathan Gorinshteyn, Peter Carle, and Nicholas Defonte earned a first-place finish with a time of 2:04.36, 14 seconds faster than their opponents. Ewa Wojciechowska torched her competition in the pool during the 1000-yard freestyle, coming in with a time of 11:48.74.
Crea would back up Wojciechowska’s first-place finish with one of her own in the 50-yard freestyle. Crea would earn her team 9 points with a time of 27 seconds. Ayman El Haddad would close the gap during the diving portion after he placed first with a score of 99.1. Also helping in the diving was Alyssa Dunn who also placed first for the Dolphins with a score of 77.3
After coming in third during the 50-yard freestyle, N. Defonte was determined to earn 9 points for his team. He was able to do just that in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.26 to keep within reach of the Knights. As the meet began to draw to a close, Gorinshteyn picked up a clutch first place finish before the 400-yard freestyle relay to bring them within four points.
The Dolphins were unable to make the most of Gorinshteyn’s work as they would place second in the final race of the day.
The swimming & diving team will return to action on Friday, November 3 when they host Brooklyn College in CUNYAC action at 5:00 pm.