Flushing, NY | Freshman diver Xavier Nicholson led a group of six honorees from the College of Staten Island men’s swimming & diving team that gained accolades from the City University of New York Athletic Conference.  Nicholson took Diver of the Year honors, and joined Peter Carle, Sami Jindyeh, Leo Litovsky, and Michael Stora as CUNYAC All-Stars.  Michael Sorensen was also cited by the conference as part of the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Nicholson had a sensational debut season for the Dolphins on the diving blocks.  Despite joining the team late, he gained two CUNYAC Diver of the Week citations during the season, and he backed it up with a gold medal performance in both one-meter and three-meter diving at the CUNYAC Championships this past weekend.  Nicholson finished the year with 122 total points earned, and was second on the team with 10 first-place finishes in individual events, all as part of diving.  He concluded year one of his career undefeated on the boards in every dual event he competed in.

CSI’s other All-Stars were just as good in the pool all season long.  Stora was seemingly the headliner, as he amassed 234 total points this season for the Dolphins, the most on the team.  He led CSI with 11 first-place finishes and seven second-place finishes in individual events this season, a run that included three silver medals at the CUNYAC Championship.  His 21 total Top Three finishes in individual events led the team as well.  Stora was also a part of strong relay teams in his debut year, collecting eight Top Three finishes in relay events, good for fourth on the squad.

Next in line for the Dolphins was the tremendous play of junior Peter Carle.  Carle missed the CUNYAC Championship last year due to illness, but this year he came on with a force, winning a gold medal in the highly competitive 50-yard Freestyle.  Carle finished his year with 230 points, second on the team.  He finished third on the team with seven first-place finishes in individual events and was tied for tops on the team with six first-place finishes as part of relay teams.  Carle’s 18 Top Three finishes in individual events this season also placed second on the team.

A major force in distance events all year long, Litovsky shined for CSI at the CUNYAC Championships as well, and it was enough to finish him with a total of 210 total points this season.  Litovsky finished tied for the team lead with seven second-place finishes in individual events and finished with three race wins this season as well.  A major part of relay work, Litovsky finished tied for the team lead with six first-place and 12 Top Three finishes as part of CSI relay teams.

Rounding out the All-Stars was freshman Sami Jindyeh, who concluded a great first season with a tremendous effort in the CUNYAC Championship, finishing with a silver and bronze medal there in freestyle competition.  For the season, Jindyeh finished with 187 total points, good for fourth on the squad, collecting a total of 10 Top Three finishes in individual events.  Jindyeh was also a part of CSI’s terrific relay work, finishing tied for the team lead with six first-place and 12 overall Top Three finishes in relay events.

Honored for his exceptional degree of sportsmanship and leadership service to the team, sophomore Michael Sorensen set himself apart this season for his unwavering work ethic and commitment to the team, something not lost on his teammates and coaches.  In the pool, Sorensen amassed 73 points in total, collecting a pair of third-place finishes in dual meets while earning a total of four Top Three finishes in relay events.

Thomas Wong, a senior from Brooklyn College, was named Performer of the Year in the CUNYAC, while Baruch College’s Erich Moeslinger was named Rookie of the Year.  Baruch Head Coach Charles Lampasso was named Coach of the Year.  For a complete list of All-Stars, click here.