After a pair of sessions on Friday, the College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams remained in their respective positions through three more sessions on Saturday. The CSI men finished in third place overall out of four teams, while the women came in fifth place among the five competing units. The host Rangers won both ends of the meet.
Despite the final standings, there were plenty of highlights in the final day of competition. In the 100-yard Backstroke, junior Nicholas Defonte earned a bronze place with a 56.67 run, his personal best this season. On the men’s side one event later, a pair of Dolphins placed. Jonathan Gorinshteyn won the race outright with a time of 1:05.14. Right behind him and coming in with a personal best of his own was Brandon Lei, who turned in a time of 1:08.76.
A pair of personal bests showed themselves in the 200-yard Butterfly, as Pete Carle (2:29.27) and Christopher Sorensen (2:43.81) came in eighth and ninth respectively. Both Sorensen brothers then hit personal-best marks in the 100-yard Freestyle event, with Christopher setting pace with a 57.29 run. Concluding a great event personally, Defonte then won the 200-yard Backstroke competition with a time of 2:02.54.
In diving competition, CSI shined. On the women’s side, Jessica Shaw posted a fourth place finish with 125.35 points, followed closely by teammate Alyssa Dunn who posted a score of 123.15. On the men’s side, Adil El Haddad won the event comprised of three divers with a score of 189.85 on the one-meter board and then won again on the three-meter with an even better score of 194.70.
On the men;s side, Drew won the event with 303 points while FDU-Florham took second with 169. CSI placed third with 161 points with Queens placing fourth with 39 points. On the women’s side, CSI (56.5) was behind host Drew (316), Queens (220), FIT (146), and FDU-Florham (143.5).