Past Features

February 5, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 1)

Men's Swim Team Wins Championship

Darnell James
Darnell James

For the second year in a row, the Lehman Lightning Men's Swimming & Diving Team has won the CUNY Conference Championship. Lehman defeated runners-up Staten Island with a score of 602-538. The two squads have been battling for the championship since 2002, when swimming and diving was reintroduced as a men's championship sport at the CUNY Conference.

Junior Darnell James, who won two events and established a conference meet record, was named Meet Co-MVP. Juniors Joeseph Bodden, Hector Pena and sophomore Johan Lopez also delivered outstanding performances. Bodden won the 100 Breaststroke and finished 2nd in the 50 and 100 Freestyle events; Pena finished third in three events: the 500 Freestyle, the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly events; and Lopez took second place in both the 1m and 3m Diving events.

Senior Jordan Kalus, juniors Jose Centeno and Oscar Ramos, and sophomores Miguel Delgado and Matt DeTiberiis all returned from last year's championship team to place in the top eight in their events. The following newcomers also scored big at the conference: Michael Toro (Butterfly), Vadim Banshchikov (Breaststroke), David Turay, Jason Santana, and Genc Hasangjekaj (Diving), Jose Toval and Matthew Martinez (Freestyle).

Senior Walter Lugo, who has been instrumental in the program's success, placed 7th in the 200 IM, 4th in the 100 Butterfly, and 9th in the 100 Backstroke.

The following swimmers have qualified for the Metropolitan Collegiate Conference Championships at Rutgers University in two weeks: Joseph Bodden, Jose Centeno, Miguel Delgado, Darnell James, Jordan Kalus, Johan Lopez, Walter Lugo, Hector Pena, as well as Yudelka Espinal, and Luisa Garcia from the women's team.