Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Captures Third Consecutive CUNYAC Title
The Lehman College Lightning captured its third consecutive CUNYAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on February 2.
"Winning the championship took team effort," said Lehman head coach and alumnus Peter Kiernan, whose team posted a total of 1,085 points in the victory. "From all our rookies coming through to the seniors who made exceptional sacrifices for the team throughout the last four years, our strength in character is what made this possible."
The Lightning topped runner-up College of Staten Island (830), along with Baruch (758) and York (243).
Senior Joseph Bodden earned 54 scoring points, becoming the first swimmer in CUNYAC history to break the 50-second barrier in the 100-yard freestyle (49.49) to help secure his team’s lead.
"I gave this program everything that I had, and I enjoyed every second of it," said Bodden. "To be able to be a part of a team that was so dedicated and so hungry to improve is something I’ll always remember."
The Lightning team members posted a 3-0 record in conference meets in the regular season and carried the momentum into the swimming and diving championship where they built a lead over the meet’s three-day span. Senior Darnell James deflected praise to his teammates.
"We won this title as a team," James said. "Everybody on this team is a diligent worker, and that’s what makes this championship special. Staten Island gave us a good challenge, but we were able to perform to the best of our abilities and capture another title."
Last modified: Oct 13, 2011