Bronx, NY - The women's team from Hunter College and the men's squad from the College of Staten Island took home the
championship hardware for the third straight season in the 2004 CUNY Athletic Conference Women's & Men's Swimming and
Diving Championships in the Bronx. Hunter's women edged the College of Staten Island by just two points, 488.50 to 486.50,
while Staten Island's men easily outdistanced their closest competitor (Lehman), 625-431.
In the women's competition, Hunter trailed College of Staten Island prior to the final event by 16 points, but the Hawks won the
200 Free Relay and the Dolphins finished in just sixth place. Freshman Terri Delese (Staten Island, NY), senior Lorena
Carvajal (Brooklyn, NY), senior Rita Tolan (Woodside, NY), and junior Adrienne Ford (Bronx, NY) finished the race in 1:58.50
to help the Hawks overtake the Dolphins. “We knew that it would be close and it turned out that way, “ said Hunter head coach
Delon Callender. “We had several performers swim their best times. They were
nervous all day, but somehow they were able to overcome it," Callender added.
Hunter freshman Claudia Chan was named the Most Valuable Performer after winning three gold medals. The Fresh Meadows,
New York native took the 1000 Freestyle (12:50.76), 200 Individual Medley (2:31.15), and the 100 Freestyle (59.87). Tolan
added a first-place finish in the 200 Freestyle (2:22.12) and placed third in the 500 Freestyle (6:27.26). “I wanted to do my best
today and I'm glad that I was able to perform well to help lead my team," said Chan.
Staten Island received individual wins from Staten Island native Carolina Wroblewski (50 Freesyle, 26.78) and junior Cherylle
Gwizdaloski (Staten Island, NY), who established a new conference record in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 6:16.80.
John Jay sophomore Natalia Villar (Lima Peru) captured the 100 Butterfly (1:10.70) and teammate Anne Jackson (Queens,
NY), a junior, struck gold in the 500 Freestyle (8:38.14). York sophomore Sharita Diaz (Long Island, NY) claimed the 100
Backstroke (1:11.78) and sophomore teammate Kardiea Phillips (Long Island, NY) won the 100 Breastroke (1:21.87). York
also won the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 2:13.68.
Staten Island blew away the men's competition, winning six individual events. Freshman Vlad Fedosseev (Staten Island, NY)
was named the Most Valuable Performer after establishing three new conference records. His times of 2:08.48 (200 Individual
Medley), 58.75 (100 Backstroke), and 1:03.72 (100 Breaststroke) gave him three gold medals. Classmate Eros Qama, also a
Staten Island native, captured three individual titles. He won the 1000 Freestyle (11:22.59), 100 Butterfly (55.64), and set a new
conference standard in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 5:27.01.
“This is the best team that I have ever been on," said Fedosseev. “I set my personal best in several races, and I'm really happy
that I was able to do it here at the championships." Staten Island head coach Oleg Soloviev said it was the best perormance
that Fedosseev has turned in as a Dolphin. “He was terrific today," said Soloviev. “I'm
proud of him and the performance of our team. They were great today."
Lehman senior Manny Pantiga (Bronx, NY) captured a pair of first-place finishes, claiming the 50 Freestyle (22.65) and the 100
Freestyle (51.28), while freshman teammate Juan Jose Villar (Yonkers, NY) added a win in the 200 Freestyle with a time of
Brooklyn won the 200 Medley Relay (1:58.54) and Baruch captured the 200 Freestyle Relay, with a new conference record time
Complete Women's Team Scoring:
Hunter - 488.50, Staten Island - 486.50, John Jay -304, Baruch - 226.50, York -213.50,
Brooklyn - 114, Lehman - 53, Queensborough (no team score)
Complete Men's Team Scoring:
Staten Island - 625, Lehman - 431, Baruch - 326 , Brooklyn - 209, York - 141, Queensborough
(no team scoring).