Bronxville, NY | The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams suffered a pair of tough defeats on Friday, falling to Sarah Lawrence College in women’s and men’s competition. The CSI women fell 86-74 while the fell dropped an 87-72 decision. CSI fell to 4-6 on the women’s side and 5-2 on the men’s side, snapping a three-match win streak.
CSI got off to a great start, racing uncontested in the 200-yard Medley Relay and the 1,000-yard Freestyle to take a big 20-0 edge. licia Defonte, Lisnette Solano, Rachel Beyer, and Kimberly Hernandez took the win in the relay, while Cecelia Mauro’s time of 14:02.85 won the 1,000.
From there, however, SLC did not surrender a single race. Beyer would add a pair of silver finishes in the 200-yard Individual Medley and the 500-yard Freestyle, while Lisnette Solano would score a second-place finish in the 100-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Breaststroke.
Up 75-70 going into the final race of the day, SLC was able to clinch it when the team of Devon Peal, Audrey DeSzendeffy, Andrea Corbin and Drew Lei Alerta came in at a blazing 4:07.67, beating CSI’s team to take the overall meet by a larger 86-74 score.
The Dolphins got their first victory early, when Michael Blacharski raced in uncontested in the 1,000-yard Freestyle in 12:40.54. From there, however, SLC exercized their srong swimming with six-straight wins, interupted finally when Michael Stora posted a 1:05.34 race in the 100-yard Backstrole.
In the next race, however, Chaz Stafford for SLC was able to take a win in the 500-yard Freestyle with a time of 5:09.84 and even though Leo Litovsky took second, SLC had the points they needed to clinch the win.
To end the meet, CSI managed a second and third place finish in the 100-yard Breaststroke and then raced to an uncontested win in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay, as Litovsky, Blacharski, Michael Sorensen and Trevin Robinson raced in at 4:05.30.
With their final non-conference meet now in the books, the Dolphins will next focus on their final meet of the season, a conference showdown with York College in Jamaica, Queens, on Thursday, January 24, at 6pm.