Homecoming RecapHawks see mixed results on special night
The Hunter College Homecoming took place on Friday, Dec. 5, with seven varsity sports competing in front of hundreds of alumni, students, and fellow athletes. The event was filled with free t-shirts, beaded- necklaces, and an abundance of school spirit.
The day kicked off with men’s wrestling at 3:30 p.m., as they competed in their first home match of the season against the Cyclones of Centenary College. After a strong start with junior Oliver Lopez and sophomore Ryan Gerondel defeating their counter- parts in the first two bouts, the Hawks struggled. Their next win didn’t come until freshman Luke Pragdat showed his worth by winning a decision over Mike Montgomery 7-6. Still, the Cyclones still came out on top with a 26-9 victory.
Next up was women’s swimming and diving. Despite their opponents being 45 minutes late, the team didn’t lose one ounce of focus. The Hawks claimed seven victories, including one fro sophomore Sara Pazmino who narrowly missed breaking the school record in the 200- yard breaststroke. She won in a time of 2:44.05. In addition, senior Marian Wu won the 200-yard individual medley, finishing nine seconds ahead of second place. Sophomore Jennifer Dzurita took first place in the 100-yard freestyle while Ivanna Tellez captured first place in the 500-yard freestyle, securing the Hawks win with a score of 64-31.
Attention then turned to men and women’s fencing, where they were competing against the Black Knights of Army. The women had a nail-biting match, winning by one point with a score of 14-13. Sophomore Jillian Melnick went a perfect 3-0 for the day in her bouts in sabre. Over on the men’s side, the Black Knights proved to be too strong for the Hawks, as they won 19-8. Despite the loss, junior Issac Orbe led the team by winning two of his bouts in sabre.
Women’s basketball then took the stage as they faced the Lightening Lehman College. The Hawks looked to keep their perfect record in CUNYAC, after a strong performance against John Jay a few days before. Led by senior captain Megan McKenna, the Hawks held Lehman from scoring a field goal in the first seven minutes of the game, setting them up for a 62-53 victory. Mckenna scored 18 points, while fellow captain sophomore Kristen Markoe tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Nicole Lenoard also chipped in with 12 points.
“Homecoming had a great atmosphere this year and it was really enjoyable playing in front of a large spirited crowd and getting a big win,” said McKenna. “It really exemplified college athletics and
it was a memorable experience for both spectators and athletes playing in it.”
Men’s basketball followed shortly after, where they also faced Lehman College. Unlike the women, the men had a much closer game with the Lightening. The Hawks lead the entire game until five straight free throw shots gave Lehman a 60-56 lead with two minutes remaining. The Hawks quickly retaliated, though, as senior Pete Koutsoloukas delivered two straight baskets to tie the game at 60. After a quick timeout with two seconds left, the Hawks inadvertently threw an inbound pass right into the path of a Leman player, allowing them to score a buzzer-beating layup and notch a 62-60 victory.
“Even though it was a tough loss at the buzzer, we still have a promising season ahead,” said junior Terry Carpenter. “It was great to see a support crowd for our first home game of the year. Our teams and coaches love the support and it drives us to succeed.”
Kousoloukas led all scorers with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while seniors Jeffrey Daza and Anthony Uter added eleven and ten points respectively.
Despite the disappointing ending, the Hawks had several fans in the belchers, rooting on their fellow classmates. Senior Michelle Pelan has come and supported the Hawks since she was a freshman.
“This was the most exciting homecoming I’ve been to,” she said. “There was so much energy in the air and the basketball games were both really intense and went down to the final seconds.”“For a commuter school, Hunter showed so much heart,” she continued. “I was proud to be purple!”