THROGGS NECK, NY – The Queens College men and women's swimming teams scored a season-high 17 event wins in tri-meet action against York College and hosts Maritime College Thursday night leading the men to a close split decision in their competition and the women to a full-on sweep of theirs.
The men's team defeated York College in their dual results, toppling the Cardinals by a final score of 118.00 to 67.00, and fell just short of the sweep after losing places in the final event to fall to hosts Maritime 115.00 to 102.00. The Knights women swept both competitions, defeating York with a resounding 144.00 to 37.00 final, and sliding past the Privateers 117.00 to 106.00.
The Knights set an auspicious tone for the meet with two tight wins in the separate 200-yard medley relays to open the night's competition. The women were first in action, and the grouping of Anna Lee, Katie Waszkiewicz, Jennifer Arana and Elizabeth Hodges swam well below their seed time to finish in 1:56.95, just a tenth of a second quicker than the Privateers' relay finishing in 1:57.08. The men followed suit thanks to the strong combination of Joseph Mo, Matthew Stypulkowski, Louis Alers and Moustafa Ibrahim. The Knights' group touched the wall for the final time in 1:42.92, less than two seconds ahead of Maritime's 'A' team.
Building from this strong start, the Knights women were led in the individual events by Hodges, who captured victories in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. The freshman first swam 2:09.33 in the free to beat out another Knights freshman, Amanda Giordano, finishing in second. Hodges returned later to complete the 100-yard breast in 1:14.62, putting her just off her seed mark. Junior Nicole Weinsheimer was also impressive scoring two convincing wins the women's diving events, winning the first by nearly 40 points. Beyond their exploits, Arana in the 50-yard free (26.59), Waszkiewicz (1:06.17) in the 100-yard fly and Leung in the 100-yard back (1:11.75) all scored individual wins. For Arana and Leung, the times were both season-bests.
Meanwhile, four different Knights achieved double victories in their individual events on the men's side. Stypulkowski was the fastest sprinter competing in the 50-yard freestyle, covering the distance in 22.52 seconds to nudge out second place by just more than two-tenths of a second. He later swam 1:04.39 in the 100-yard breaststroke to win by over a second. Only a freshman, Mo scored wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. He powered away from his nearest competitor during the final leg of the free to win by just over two seconds in 1:52.81, and came back to swim under his seed time in the backstroke to win by nearly seven seconds in 56.68. Both results were season-bests for Mo, continuing his impressive first year at Queens.
Alers and Ibrahim were the other two Knights to score wins in both of their events. Alers accomplished his first in the 200-yard individual medley, winning comfortably in 2:07.46 before doubling back in the 100-yard butterfly to claim first in 53.77. Ibrahim was the meet's most imaginative diver, scoring 314.05 to come within reach of doubling the point total of the Privateers' number one in the first 1-meter event, and returning later to win by 90 points in the second.
Looking to continue this positive momentum, the Queens College men and women's swimming and diving teams return to the pool on Friday, February 3, at the NYU Invitational, held at the Palladium Athletic Center on the campus of NYU. The first event of the two-day invitational is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Friday before the action picks up again on February 4 with the morning session beginning at 10:00 a.m.