The College of Staten Island swimming & diving team took part in their first CUNYAC meet of the season when they hosted Brooklyn College tonight at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center. The Dolphins were able to sweep the Bulldogs. The men won a close one, 116-112, while the women were able to cruise past their opponents with a score of 117-81. The wins boost both the men and the women to 1-1 on the year and 1-0 in the CUNYAC.
The women’s 200-yard medley relay which consisted of Alicia Defonte, Lisnette Salano, Victoria Crea, and Ewa Wojciechowska was able to ease their way to a first-place finish with a time of 2:05, 20 seconds faster than the Bulldogs. The men’s squad would reel in a second place finish with a time of 1:47, just three seconds behind the first place finisher’s.
Defonte would earn another first-place finish for the Dolphins when she won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 13.17.77. The men got their first win of the evening when Leo Litovsky placed first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 12:44.84. The Dolphins continued to roll, picking up first-place finishes to stay ahead of the Bulldogs. On the men’s side, the lead continued to switch and it was Ayman El Haddad and Adil El Haddad that were able to pick up first and second place finishes to help lift the men to their first win of the year.
Reigning CUNYAC Diver of the Week, Alyssa Dunn, once again put on a show on the one-meter board. Dunn posted a score of 124.50 which aided the Dolphins’ win. A big swing for the men came in the 200-yard IM. Brandon Lei was sitting in third heading into the final stroke. Lei was able to make up ground and touch the wall a mere two-tenths of a second quicker, to earn his team four points instead of three.
Wojciechowska, Crea, and Defonte would keep the Dolphins heavily ahead of the Bulldogs as they continued to pick up first-place finishes. The men needed every point they could get to stay an arm’s length ahead of the Bulldogs. Jonathan Gorinshteyn picked up a clutch win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:28.82 right before the three-meter diving portion of the meet. Roberto Hildago and Lei came in second and third, respectively in the 100-yard breaststroke to seal the win for the Dolphins as the Bulldogs didn’t have enough in the last relay to cover the spread.
The win for the men increases their win streak to six over the Bulldogs while the women won their 12th straight.
The Dolphins will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host FDU-Florham at 1:00 pm at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center.