Swimming into CSI’s Big Sports Weekend

CSI Men’s Swimming Has an Impressive Week

By: John Buscini 

The Men’s Swimming team is looking forward to a season of wins. Photo Credit:

CSI Men’s Swimming team pulled through with a solid win over Mount Saint Mary College. The men tallied a 102-94 win, while the women prevailed in a 124-46 loss.

For the men, the Knights had the lead up until the break.

The boys wound up coming back after the break with impressive performances by multiple swimmers.

Ibraham Hassan scored the first gold medal for the Dolphins with a 11:53.13 run in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Alex Semchenko also added a solid win in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.84, winning by less than four seconds.

Khaled Hammam was next to get gold, winning in the 100-yard freestyle with a 52.41 time, which was less than a tenth of a second by the next clocked in time.

It came down to one more match to determine who would come out with the win as CSI was up at 91-90. The CSI team finished strong to solidify the men’s team win.

Michael Blacharksi, Hassam, Sami and Leo Litovsky delivered in the last event, winning by just two seconds, with a time of 3:45.

For the women, the first gold medal of the season was won by Gabriella Bartley in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:07.78.

The Men’s Swimming team are off to a hot start with a key win to kick off the season and are expected to have a dominant year in the CUNY conference.

CSI’s next matchup is against the College of New Rochelle on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00pm.

“It came down to the last relay, we ultimately had better depth over Mount Saint Mary,” said freshman swimmer, Michael Stora.

The Men’s Swimming team looks forward to challenging Lehman College, Brooklyn College, FDU Florham, Sarah Lawrence, and York College all before the CUNYAC Championship meet in early February.

Currently, CSI’s pool in the Athletic Center is now back up and running. For majority of this semester, the pool has been undergoing renovations.

Some of these renovations include a “new Dehumidification System, the addition of an Ozone Generator, a new heater, new lighting and freshly painted beams and ceiling. With renovations now complete, the CSI Community now has access to one of the premier pools on Staten Island,” according to

Since the pool is accessible again, all CSI students and faculty are welcome to use the facilities from Monday through Friday from the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm.

“With a building year ahead of us, we’re looking to stay competitive within CUNYAC. With the completion of the CSI pool project, our team is excited to back home and are maintaining high energy into the end of the semester and winter break. Our team looks forward to training hard and testing ourselves on our Florida training trip in January and come back ready to battle, compete and win the 2018-2019 CUNYAC Championship!” sophomore swimmer Michael Sorensen states.

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