Brooklyn, NY | The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams stayed hot this evening by turning in another set of victories, this time against Brooklyn College as part of CUNYAC play. The CSI women scored a 116-73 victory over the Bulldogs, while the men won by the smallest of margins, taking a 108-107 victory by the end of the final race. The CSI men improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 within the CUNYAC, while the women extended to 4-5 overall, and 3-2 within the conference.
MEN’S MEET – CSI 108, Brooklyn 107
The CSI foursome of Leo Litovsky, Michael Stora, Peter Carle and Sami Jindyeh got CSI started with a quality run of 1:49.67 in the 200-yard Medley Relay, putting CSI ahead. The Dolphins were able to build the lead after Carle turned in a gold-medal performance in the 200-yard Freestyle, posting a time of 2:03.44. The lead would grow to as many as 17 points after Stora took a win in the 200-yard Individual Medley, winning the event by over seven seconds, and then Xavier Nicholson and Thomas Bridgman swept one-meter diving.
Carle would earn another gold finish in the 100-yard Freestyle with a time of 59.88, and two events later, Litovsky earned another first place finish in the 100-yard Backstroke, winning by less than a second with a time of 1:08.28. Another round of diving, this time on the three-meter platform saw CSI build the lead again. Even though Brooklyn would take the 100-yard Breaststroke competition, CSI was still able to score points in the event by Stora’s second-place finish and Trevin Robinson’s fourth-place finish. With just one event left, CSI had themselves a 12-point lead, 108-96.
That lead was exactly what they needed, because CSI did not have a 200-yard Freestyle Relay team, and so Brooklyn took the event uncontested, which yielded them 11 points. Still, it proved just short, as the Dolphins were slip out of Brooklyn with the narrow, one-point, win.
WOMEN’S MEET – CSI 116, Brooklyn 73
CSI led from start to finish in this one that saw plenty of great performances from the women’s side. The foursome of Alicia Defonte, Lisnette Solano, Rachel Beyer and Gabriella Bartley took the 200-yard Medley Relay event by over 14 seconds to get CSI started, and sophomore Cecelia Mauro followed with a swim of 13:52.52 in the 1,000-yard Freestyle, winning that event by almost a minute. Brooklyn would take the next three races, but the Dolphins had the better depth, as Beyer, Kimberly Hernandez, and Bartley all took second place finishes, while Bartley and Defonte added third-place finishes over that stretch.
CSI then scored big points in diving as Jen Basini took the one-meter boards with a score of 200.62 while Alyssa Dunn followed at 170.10. That gave CSI a more comfortable advantage, and then Beyer added a win in the 100-yard Butterfly to improve on the lead with her 1:15.42 performance. Bartley then added another win in the 100-yard Freestyle, winning by less than a second with a time of 1:05.64. The 100-yard Backstroke was next and again CSi took the win, this time with Defonte great time of 1:16.93, winning by nearly 20 seconds in the race.
Mauro grabbed her second win of the evening with a 6:42.80 run in the 500-yard Freestyle, again almost winning by a full minute. Solano followed with a second-place finish in the 100-yard Breaststroke, and then CSI ended with another relay win, this time in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay with Mauro, Hernandez, Victoria Musarella and Thiyasha Kodituwakku doing the honors, posting a time of 2:06.93, and winning the event by over six seconds.
Up next for both teams is a date at Sarah Lawrence College this Friday in a 3pm matinee. Both the men and the women will be competing.