The Lehman College men’s swimming and diving teams captured the 2013 CUNY Athletic Conference/Applebee’s Championship. During the three-day competition, the teams amassed a total of 1,052 points, outscoring three-time defending champion Baruch by 52 points. The women’s team placed sixth, with 215 points.
This is Lehman’s first conference championship in men’s swimming and diving since the 2009 season. In the 12 years that this championship has been held, only three schools have won the title—Lehman has won the most with five titles.
“Our guys were fantastic,” said head coach Peter Kiernan. “We have such great senior leadership, and a good group of young, talented swimmers. They deserved this.”
Lehman senior Ivan Srdanovic tied for scoring the most points during the championships. “He is such a great competitor,” said Kiernan. “He came to Lehman the year after we won our last championship, and he just worked really hard.”
Sophomore Abel Dupres won the 2013 Swimmer of the Year award for his efforts during the regular season. The last time a Lehman athlete won this award was in 2006, when Darnell James earned it for the second straight season.
The men’s team set seven new school records during the competition, including five relay events. Freshman Anthony Preda set individual records in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-individual medley.
On the women’s side of the competition, senior Tais Estime-Kirkpatrick set a new school record in the 1,650-free, with a time of 23:13.45. Also performing exceptionally well were a pair of freshman: Susana Perez, who finished sixth in the 200-back, and Taylor Biegel, who finished seventh in the 100-free.
The CUNYAC will announce all of the women’s and men’s post-season awards in the coming weeks, including the conference All-Stars.
The men’s team will continue to swim, participating in the Metropolitan Championships in two weeks, to be held at Rutgers University.
The full, three-day results from the championships can be found here.