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    Men’s Swimming and Diving Swoop Unexpected Win

    The men’s swimming and diving team faced Boston University on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the University Pool. The team tied right before the last event, the 200 yard freestyle relay, to swoop a dramatic win by taking first, second and third place in the relay. With a wining score of 152-139, the team now stands at 4-2.

    The Seawolves started out extremely strong taking first and second place in the 200 yard medley relay. Team ‘A,’ composed of Rafael Labour, Jon Sigurosson, Alexei Smirnov and Ozcan Omer, came in first place with a time of 1:36.98. Team ‘B’ followed closely with a time of 1:40.15.

    The Seawolves were not as impressive in the next event, the 1000 yard freestyle. SBU’s Bryce Cullinane came in third place with a time of 10:33.57 to BU’s John Passaro who had a time of 10:28.44. The same placement occurred in the 200 yard freestyle, as SBU’s Jonathan Eldor came in third place with a time of 1:51.72, losing to BU’s Kyle Berg, who inched ahead with a time of 1:49.80.

    SBU performed a lot better after these first few events. They dominated the 100 yard backstroke, with Labour placing first with a time of 53.47, followed by teammate Ruslan Safarov who had a time of 55.22, and Ray Sato who had a time of 55.86. SBU’s Vladimir Sreckovic, with a time of 1:02.10, lost first place in the 100 yard breaststroke to BU’s Griffin Moodie, who had a time of 1:00.37.

    Stony Brook hit a down spot in the 200 yard butterfly, when BU took first, second and third place. SBU’s Smirnov came in fourth place with a time of 2:12.52, losing to BU’s Passaro who had a time of 2:06.46.

    The Seawolves regained strength in the 50 yard freestyle with Ozcan winning first place with a time of 22.19. This was a close match, as BU’s Arik Seiler closely followed with a time of 22.49. SBU’s Alexander Kissel came in third place with an extremely close time of 22.58.

    They also placed well in the 100 yard freestyle. Although Ozcan barely lost first place to BU’s Seiler (who had a time of 48.62) with a time of 49.34, he earned second place. His teammates, Dan Piastuck who had a time of 49.44, and Eldor who had a time of 49.90, came in second and third, respectively.

    Stony Brook really picked it up from there, taking first, second and third place in the 200 yard backstroke. Labour placed first with a time of 1:58.33, followed by Safarov who had a time of 2:01.22, and Sato who had a time of 2:04.39. In the 200 yard breaststroke, SBU placed first and second, as Jon Sigurosson glided to first place with a time of 2:12.69, followed by his teammate Sreckovic who had a time of 2:16.83.

    The Seawolves slacked off a little at this point, as Cullinane was the only one in the first three in the 500 yard freestyle. Cullinane came in second place with a time of 5:03.52, losing to BU’s Ben Kaiser, who had a time of 4:57.82.

    Cullinane was also the only one from SBU in the top three spots in the 400 yard Individual Medley (IM). He had a time of 4:26.51, closely losing to BU’s Passaro who had a time of 4:26.25. The Seawolves did well in the 100 yard butterfly as Smirnov took first place with a time of 53.52.

    SBU was not as impressive as the women’s diving team. In the 1 meter dive, BU’s Brian Lawler took first place with a score of 283.20. The Seawolves took second and third place with Alexander Demin earning a score of 191.18, and Matt Florio earning a score of 118.43. In the 3 meter dive, of the two competitors, Demin came in second place with a score of 175.65. BU’s Lawler beat Demin with a marginally higher score of 324.53.

    Before the last event, the Seawolves were tied. Team ‘A’ composed of Ozcan, Kissel, Piastuck and Labour came in first with a time of 1:27.15. Team ‘B’ composed of Eldor, Sigurosson, Christopher Pai and Jake Dorfman came in second place with a time of 1:28.49, just ahead of BU’s Team ‘A,’ which had a time of 1:29.19. Both wins added 15 points to earn the Seawolves a well-deserving victory.

    The Seawolves will now compete against the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Dec. 9 at 1:00 PM.

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