By: Raymond Costanzo ‘20
This past weekend, the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team competed in the CHSAA Championship Meet. During the meet, various members on the squad finished in the top three in their races and achieved their individual best times. In the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle, Nicholas Shopis ’21 finished in first and second place. Patrick Walsh ‘21 finished first and second place in the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Senior Kyle Cornish set a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly. New school records were also set by the medley relay team of Pat Walsh ‘21, Chris Mattone ‘21, Kyle Cornish ‘20, and Nick Virga ‘20 as well as the 400 freestyle relay team of Brandan Coward ‘20, Ryan Shannon ‘21, Pat Walsh ‘21 and Nick Shopis ‘21.
Reflecting on the match, Micheal Constable ‘20 remarks, “We didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but nobody should be upset with their final times. The multiple record breaking swims show just how much our league has improved in the past years, so it was really just incredible to be able to experience the speed of this meet.”
The Winter Track and Field team concluded the their season at this past weekend’s New York Catholic State Championships. At the meet, multiple members had their personal best marks of the season. The Flyers were able to secure a top-10 team finish. The relay team of Sean McDermott ‘21, Frank Naudus ‘21, Liam Going ‘21, and Jack Keys ‘21 performed especially well. The group won the 4 by 800 meter relay in dramatic fashion, securing qualification for next month’s statewide meet.
“Over the course of the season, all levels of the track and field team have been working hard, and the times that were run at the Catholic State Champs meet were a reflection of this hard work. The talent and dedication that comes from both the younger and older members of the team points towards major improvements and personal records for the spring season,” says Nicholas DeVita ‘20.
Coming off of a dominant team win over Staten Island’s St. Joseph by the Sea, the Flyers looked to keep momentum this past Sunday, February 9th, at the NSCHSAA Varsity & JV League Championships at Kellenberg Memorial High School.
The Flyers had 30 wrestlers compete on the mats with 21 of the 30 advancing to next weekend’s CHSAA Catholic States Qualifier tournament being held at Holy Trinity High School.
A total of nine Flyers made it to the finals, with six members being crowned league champions. These league champs include Michael Sanfilippo ‘20, Rocco DeMartino ‘21, Michael Semeraro ‘20, Davis Luckner ‘20, Joe Cosgrove ‘20, Doug Stern ‘20. Senior Joe Cosgrove won the Champion of Champions award and senior Doug Stern won the award for most pins in the least amount of time.
Michael Semeraro ‘20 mentioned, “After winning Leagues on Sunday, everyone on the team is amped up heading into Catholic States. We showed that we are the best team in the league and now we are looking to prove that we are the best in the state.”
The Chaminade Varsity basketball team looked to rebound this past Friday, February 7th as the team faced off against Kellenberg Memorial High School. The Flyers were firing on all cylinders, winning in convincing fashion by a score of 77-52. The win was capped off with senior Kieran Dorney ‘20 surpassing the career 1,000-point mark.
The Flyers looked to continue their winning ways with an away bout versus St. Marys on Tuesday, February 11th. In a high scoring game, the Flyers played competitively throughout the duration of the match. The Crimson and Gold was able to pull out the victory, winning by a score of 80-75. The team has their sights on the last two games of the season against St. John the Baptist and St. Anthony’s.
The Chaminade Varsity Hockey team’s playoff run commenced this Tuesday when the Flyers, entering the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the league, hosted the Lions of Monsignor Farrell High School at Northwell Health Ice Arena in game 1 of a best of 3 semifinal series.
After a relatively slow start to the match, the first period ended with the score being knotted up at 0-0. The game would not stay scoreless for long, as the Flyers came out shooting in the second period, netting 3 goals. Monsignor Farrell was able to score 1 in the third, but it wasn’t enough to rally back against the Flyers. In a series best of 3, Chaminade took game 1 by a score of 3-1 and will look to advance to the championship next Wednesday in Staten Island.