Bronx, NY | The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2019 CUNYAC Championship by taking second on the men’s side and third on the women’s side, collecting a bunch of highlights in the meet’s third day of action. Baruch College won the Championship on both sides.
CSI entered the last day of competition in the exact same place in the overall standings, and after the final 12 events, the scores would hold up. The meet started with the 1,650-yard Freestyle (one-mile), and CSI’s women’s tandem of Rachel Beyer and Cecelia Mauro took sixth and seventh, respectively. On the men’s side, CSI scored their first medal of the morning, as Leo Litovsky earned the bronze with a race time of 19:24.79.
CSI’s next medal performance came three events later as part of the Men’s 100-yard Freestyle. There, freshman Sami Jindyeh scored a race time of 51.62, just a second off of the top time to earn the bronze in the event. Up next, Lisnette Solano scored her first medal, posting a terrific time of 2:49.41 in the 200-yard Breaststroke, earning a third-place finish and the bronze medal in her event.
Michael Stora completed a very fine meet for himself with yet another silver finish, as he put up a time of 2:12.68. It was his third silver medal of the race, and Stora earned a place as an ECAC finalist in his events thanks to his top times in the CUNYAC Championship.
Before the meet was out, Peter Carle also concluded his fine meet with a bronze medal in the 200-yard Butterfly event with a time of 2:25.92.
The final event of the race was the 400-yard Freestyle Relay. The Staten Island relay team of Rachel Beyer, Gabriella Bartley, Mauro, and Alicia Defonte posted a time of 4:17.19, good enough for a third-place finish. On the men’s side, it was a feverish finish, as CSI’s team of Litovsky, Carle, Stora, and Jindyeh posted a time of 3:25.62, coming in second place and missing the win by less than seven-tenths of a second.
For the CSi men, they finished with 192 points, in second place behind Baruch’s 308. Brooklyn College finished in third place with 148 points, with Lehman next at 124 and York College with 8. In the women’s bracket, Baruch’s 279 points was just two better than Hunter College’s 277. CSI was next in line with 103 points followed by Lehman’s 64, John Jay’s 56, Brooklyn’s 51, and York’s four.