Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten Island women’s swimming & diving program hosted John Jay College and Kean University tonight at the Sports & Recreation Center. Tonight was the final meet for the Dolphins and they didn’t disappoint as they downed John Jay 111-95 to improve to 3-5, 2-2 while knocking John Jay down to 3-6, 1-3. Kean University swept the meet, beating the Dolphins 107-79, swimming their way to a pair of victories to end their losing skid. The pair of wins boosted the Cougars to 4-4 on the year. 

The women got off to a great start, touching the wall one, one-hundredth of a second before John Jay in the 200 Medley Relay. Alicia Defonte, Lisnette Salano, Rachal Beyer, and Gabriella Bartley came in with a time of 2:10.70. Cecelia Mauro came in second in the 1000 Freestyle, touching in 14:05.94. 

Defonte came in second place in the 200 Freestyle, keeping the Dolphins in the race for the top spot early on. In her final swim of the night, Defonte cruised to the top spot with a time of 1:13.14 in the 100 Backstroke. After being honored for senior night, Alyssa Dunn put on a shot from the 1-meter boards, coming in first with a score of 174.00. 

Kimberly Hernandez stretched the Dolphins’ lead over John Jay by picking up a second-place finish in the 500 Freestyle which also narrowed the gap on the Cougars. The Cougars, however, were able to keep their distance and stifle the Dolphins’ opportunity at a comeback. Salano’s second-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke was enough to put them out of reach of the Bloodhounds. 

With the CUNYAC win in hand, the Dolphins were confident heading into the 200 Freestyle Relay and produced a second-place finish.  Danna Pineda, Thiyasha Kodituwakku, Victoria Musarella, and Hernandez touched the wall with a time of 2:21.81. 

The Dolphins will now look ahead to yet another CUNYAC meet against Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm.