Individuals From the Men’s and Women’s Squad Shine Bright in Rutgers
By Frank Costagliola
Following a third straight CUNYAC Championship victory, the Men’s and Women’s swim and dive team represented CSI at the annual Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championship at Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ.
The Metro Championship took part over the course of three days and the Dolphins participated in 18 of the 42 events held at the swim meet. Furthermore, the Dolphins also managed to make eight finals appearances.
Swimmer of the year and captain, Tim Sweeney, was poised to make a splash at the meet after an impressive performance at the CUNYAC Championship.
The junior took first in every single race he was a part of and was an obvious choice for Performer of the Year.
“It is a great accomplishment that I am very proud and honored to receive. I’ve worked hard all season and to be recognized by all of the coaches in the conference means a lot,” said Sweeney during an interview after the CUNYAC Championship.
“I have to thank my teammates so much for this because they pushed me to be better each and every day,” Sweeney continued. “I also have to thank all of my coaches, and Mike Wilson because I wouldn’t be swimming nearly as well without them.”
Sweeney has been the Dolphins’ most consistent swimmer all season and has the numbers to prove it.
He has broken multiple school records and leads his team in overall points and first place finishes.
Sweeney got his team on the board after placing 15th in the 50 yard Freestyle sprint. Finishing with a final time of 21.61, the junior came within mere tenths of a second in finishing in the top eight.
On the second night of the event, Sweeney secured a seventh place finish in his signature swim, the 100 yard Butterfly. ; while in the process, setting a new personal and school record.
The team of Derek Villa, Jonathan Gorinshteyn, Nicholas Defonte, and Tim Sweeney represented CSI in a number of relay races.
In the 200 yard Freestyle Relay the men took 12th place. Following the 200 yard Freestyle Relay the team of four tied for 10th in the 400 yard Medley Relay.
Following a solid performance on the first day, the four were back at it the next day. The first event of the day was the 200 yard Medley Relay.
This was their overall worst performance and finished 13th with a time of 1:51.55.
Their final and best showing of the meet was 400 yard Freestyle Relay. The foursome took 9th place in their final event and shedded off six seconds of their seed time.
Sweeney also broke another school record during the 400 yard Freestyle Relay and capped off an impressive showing for the four of them.
Other notable performances included Jonathan Gorinshteyn’s 21st place finish in the 200 yard Breaststroke, while the duo of Derek Villa and Nicholas Defonte broke their own personal records in the 200 yard Freestyle.
Villa scored a 1:48.10 and Defonte swam a 1:51.56.
Junior Naomi Gaggi was the member of the women’s team to participate in any events.
Gaggi swam in three total events and improved her seed time by seven seconds in the 500 yard Freestyle with a time of 6:00.10.
She also competed in the 100 yard and 200 yard Freestyle events.
Brothers Adil El Haddad and Ayman El Haddad competed in the one meter and three meter diving events.
Ayman placed 11th in the 1M and had an overall score of 305.50 points, while Adil finished in 14th with a 276.05. Both brothers would improve their scores in the 3M event. Adil placed 9th with a score of 233.88 points, while his brother took 11th with 219.40 points.
The Metro Swimming and Diving Championship was the conclusion of an exciting season for the Dolphins.
Led by Head Coach Michael Ackalitis and his assistants, the Dolphins enjoyed a lot success this season