posted 2012-02-02 09:04:35

Women's Swimming Starts Strong

Hawks out to recapture CUNYAC title after 2 year drought

Arthur Kapetanakis

Sports Editor

On the heels of a five-meet winning streak and an 8-2 (4-0 CUNYAC) record in their first ten meets, this year’s women’s swimming team is makings strides towards reclaiming the CUNYAC title from Baruch, who has won the conference the past two years. An influx of new talent has made the squad much deeper than in previous years, and their strong start paints a promising picture of things to come.

Led by senior captains Marian Wi and Briana DiGiore, the Hawks 25-strong roster has enjoyed a fruitful six-week period as they opened their 2011-2012 campaign. Freshmen Chryzi Goco and Charlotte

Collazzo and sophomores Jennifer Dzurita and Tiffany Magno have been in impressive form throughout, showcasing the team’s youth and strength in depth.

After opening the season in late October with wins against the College of Staten Island, Farleigh Dickinson (Florham), and York, the Hawks picked up two losses to Wagner College and Manhattan College in a dual meet in Riverdale, NY.

Ten days later, on Nov. 21, the Hawks more than made up for those losses by defeating Queens College at home. Hunter had not beaten Queens College, a Division II school, since 1986. But the new-look squad was able to pull the upset and record a 51-44 win.

Magno was a key contributor in the victory, helping her team to finish first in the 200 yard freestyle relay and finishing third overall in the 50 yard freestyle.

“The fact that we beat Queens College after 25 years shows how much we want to show everyone at Hunter how good the swim team is,” she said. “The team, including our coaches, wants to make a statement that, ‘Yes, there is a swim team here, and we are good.’”

The Hawks used that win to propel them to their current five-game winning streak, claiming the scalps of CUNYAC rivals Brooklyn and Lehman College in the process.

The team now has a month off from competitive action for the holidays, with their next meet coming on Jan. 6 against arch-rivals and defending CUNYAC champions Baruch. They plan on using the time to practice and further improve their team.

“Everyone on the team is very generous in helping other girls in perfecting their stroke, flip turn, and dive,” said Magno. Sophomore Caitlin Smith echoed her teammates words. “Our team is really dedicated, and we won’t let any obstacles stop us,” she said. “We won’t stop until we reach the top.”

The team’s season goal is to beat Baruch and take back the CUNYAC title. In addition, many of the swimmers are aiming to beat school records in their events.

The three-day CUNYAC championships are set for February 2, 3, and 4. While it’s been a season to remember so far, there is still work to be done.