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    Swimming and Diving Falls to Fordham

    SBU’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving team competed against Fordham University on Nov. 8. Fordham swept a win with 148.50-87.50 in the women’s division, and 146-91 in the men’s division. The men’s team had several close finishes, while the women’s team lost some key events.

    In the 400-yard women’s relay, Fordham’s teams ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ took first, second and third place. SBU’s team ‘A’, composed of Maeve Leong, Jessica Peters, Angelica D’Esposito, and Brittany Whipple, came in fourth with a time of 4:30.71. Fordham’s team A was 27 seconds ahead with a time of 4:03.10.

    SBU combated this by taking first, second and third place respectively in the 400-yard women’s relay. SBU’s team ‘A’, composed of Courtney Teague, Autumn Griggers, Lucy Liu, and Rebecca Sayles came in first with a time of 3:45.85, 13 seconds ahead of team ‘B’, which was made of Krista Klicpera, Kym Sgrignoli, Jayme Burns and Kari R. Albery.

    Whipple lost her first race because her goggles fell off. She did redeem this performance by winning the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:33.71, and tying for first place in the 50-yard freestyle with Kristin Colton of Fordham who had a time of 25.91. SBU monopolized its win in the 200-yard breaststroke, as Shelby Mirabelli, and Rebecca Porteus finished second and third, respectively.

    The Women’s Diving team was the highlight of the night, with Hailey Lewandowski sweeping first place in both the 1 meter and 3 meter dive. Lewandowski earned a score of 213.90 in the 1 meter, followed by Fordham’s score of’ 194.70. In the 3 meter dive, Lewandowski earned a score of 216.73, followed by Fordham’s score of 196.73.

    Even Lewandowski and Whipple’s winning performances did not muster a victory. Fordham’s women’s team dominated most of the events. They took first, second and third place in the 1000-yard, 500-yard, 200-yard and 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley (IM), and 200-yard butterfly. SBU’s Rebecca Sayles was five seconds short of winning first place in the 200-yard backstroke. She lost to Fordham’s Caitlin Napoli, who came in first with a time of 2:09.56.

    On the men’s side, SBU’s team ‘A’, composed of Rafael Labour, Jon Sigurosson, Alexei Smirnov and Omer Ozcan had a close win with a time of 3:32.16 in the 400-yards relay. Fordham finished second, just six seconds short with a time of 3:38.13. Labour came through for the team, winning first place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47:30. Ozcan followed with a time of 49:72 to earn second place, and Eldor came in third place with a time of 50:14. Labour finished second in the 200-yard freestyle to Fordham’s Ryan Coombs by three seconds, who won first place with a time of 1:45.32.

    Ozcan came in second with a time of 22.45 to Fordham’s Richard Woyma in the 50-yard freestyle, who won first place with a time of 22.43. In the 200-yard backstroke, Ruslan Safarov came in first with a time of 1:59.26. Ray Sato followed with a time of 2:01.41 to earn second place, a second before Fordham’s Benjamin Marzolf who placed third with a time of 2:02.59. In the 200-yard IM, Sato lost second place to Fordham’s Kyle Silbernagel by an extremely close 0.35 seconds. Silbernagel came in first with a time of 2:05.05, followed by Sato who had a time of 22:05.39.

    The men’s team took first, second and third place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Team ‘A’ composed of Smirnov, Sigurosson, Eldor, and Safarov came in first with a time of 3:18.43. Team ‘B’ followed seven seconds later with a time of 3:25.67, and team ‘C’ followed 20 seconds later, with a time of 3:45.49.

    Fordham’s men’s division, like their women’s division, dominated most events by taking first, second and third place in the 1000-yard freestyle. They took first and second place in the 200-yard IM, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. The men’s diving team, which had only one diver, was not as impressive as the women’s diving team. SBU came in fourth place with Alexander Demin earning a score of 157.28 in the 1 meter, and a score of 161.60 in the 3 meter. First place in both dives was earned by Donato Callaro, who earned a score of 242.03 in the 1 meter, and 231.60 in the 3 meter.

    Fordham came into this meet with a record of 2-0 in the women’s division, and 1-1 in the men’s division before it faced the SBU last week. Fordham stands at 3-0, and 2-1, respectively. SBU currently stands at 0-2 because of its loss to UMass early this season.

    The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams face Maine next. The away meet is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 11:00 AM.

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