Miami, FL | The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams put their winter training in Florida to good use, scoring positive results in the Sprint Invitational, hosted by NCAA Division I Florida International University.  The CSI men placed 8th out of 11 schools, while the women placed 10th of 12 competing institutions.  Host FIU won the event on the women’s side, while Carnegie Mellon won on the men’s side.  

The FIU Sprint Invitational, as the name suggests focused mainly on sprint events in the four major strokes and includes diving, with 22 events on each side.  Below is a breakdown of how the team fared in each event.

Women’s Meet
50 Backstroke – Alicia Defonte placed 65th out of 69 with a time of 35.90.  Gabriella Bartley placed 69th with a time of 38.83.

50 Breaststroke – Lisnette Solano debuted to a 37.71 finish, good for 46th among 61 finishers.

50 Butterfly – Rachel Beyer made her CSI debut and posted a mark of 33.53, good for 82nd among 90 swimmers.  Cecelia Mauro posted a time of 38.34 (88th) and Victoria Musarella was clocked at 41.71 (89th).

50 Freestyle – Rachel Beyer was CSI’s first finisher in the field of 139.  She posted a time of 30.43, good for 112th.  She was followed by Defonte at 30.67 (117th), Bartley at 31.03 (120th), Thiyasha Kodituwakku at 33.72 (132nd), and Musarella swimming exhibition at 34.72 (135th).

200 Freestyle – Beyer again topped the Dolphins with a time of 2:28.77, good for 66th in the field of 75.  Solano was next in at 2:31.80, improving her personal best by nine seconds, to finish 69th.  Mauro ca,me in at 2:33.90 (71st), while Kodituwakku came in at 2:55.84 (75th).

100 Individual Medley – Beyer was in first again for CSI with a 79th place finish and a time of 1:16.94 in the field of 88.  Solano also placed with a time of 1:20.33 (85th).  

100 Freestyle – Defonte was tops for CSI this time with a time of 1:09.12, coming in 83rd out of 92.  Mauro cashed in at 1:10.27 (84th), while Bartley came in at 1:12.06 (87th), and Musarella came in at 1:15.08 (90th).

100 Backstroke – Defonte was CSI’s lone finisher with a time of 1:21.43 (45th).

400 Freestyle – Mauro was tops for CSI with a time of 5:28.33, coming in 36th overall.

1-meter Diving – Alyssa Dunn made her debut on the boards and finished 9th out of 10 with a score of 142.05

Men’s Meet
50 Backstroke – Leo Litovsky got CSI started with a 39th place finish and a time of 31.85 in the 45-person race.  Michael Blacharski came in at a time of 36.50 (45th).

50 Breaststroke – Michael Stora had a great run of 29.56, good enough for 26th overall in the 45-man race.  Trevin Robinson also placed with a time of 35.57 (44th).

50 Butterfly – in the 55-man race, Pete Carle earned a tie for 33rd place with a race time of 26.70.  He was followed by Sami Jindyeh with a time of 28.26 (46th), and Michael Sorensen’s time of 33.56 (53rd).

50 Freestyle – Carle was tops for CSI with a time of 24.37 which placed him 49th in the 84-person event.  Jindyeh was 57th with a time of 25.13, and Alex Semchenko tied for 63rd with a time of 25.61.  Rounding out the event was Sorensen, posting a time of 26.90 for 78th.

200 Freestyle – Carle continued his good approach in the freestyle with a time of 2:05.55 which placed him 38th in the field of  52.  Semchenko was next at 2:06.63 for 43rd.  Also placing was Blacharski (2:11.82m 47th), Jindyeh (2:13.55, 48th), Litovsky (2:22.39, 49th), Sorensen (2:24.57, 50th), and Robinson (2:29.15, 52nd).

100 Individual Medley – In the field of 69, Stora was CSI’s top finisher with a time of 1:02.61 for 49th.  Robinson came in at 1:19.78, good for 67th.

100 Freestyle – Carle had a fine finish here with a 29th place faring and a time of 53.84 in the 60-person event.  Stora came in 39th with a time of 55.87, and Jindyeh was right behind in 40th with a time of 56.24.  Semchenko placed 45th with a time of 56.69 while Soresen rounded out the field with a time of 1:01.77, placing him 57th.

100 Backstroke – Blacharski was CSI’s lone entrant and he placed 32nd with a time of 1:13.99.

400 Freestyle – Blacharski was  25th in the field of 32 with a run of 4:24.52.  Litovsky was next at 4:24.89 for 27th, while Semchenko put up a time of 4:34.69 to finish 31st.

100 Breaststroke – Stora put in a great run of 1:06.72, placing him 22nd in the field of 31. Robinson also placed with a time of 1:19.20, good for 30th.  

1-meter Diving – CSI did very well, with Thomas Bridgeman making his CSI debut with a score of 113.20, coming in 3rd place overall and Xavier Nicholson earned 108.85 for 4th place.  

3-meter Diving.  Nicholson was CSI’s lone entrant and he posted a second-place finish with a score of 145.85.