Bearcat swimmers end season as CUNYAC All-Stars


Jennifer Chern | Baruch Athletics

Edgar Llivisupa, Sports Editor

The Baruch College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded their seasons by competing in regional tournaments following the announcement of awardees.

The men swept the major awards, with Dayan Ordabayev winning Performer of the Year. Youssef Elkhouly won Rookie of the Year and Charles Lampasso won his fourth-consecutive men’s Coach of the Year, his seventh all-time. It is Lampasso’s 18th year as director of aquatics and head coach of the men’s and swimming team at Baruch.

Nicholas Blanco and Gary Danilyan were selected to the 2021-2022 CUNY Athletic Conference Men’s and Diving All-Stars roster. Blanco was also selected to the Sportsmanship Team.

Ordabayev was later selected as the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January, the third Baruch athlete to win the award this year.

Baruch also had a strong showing in the women’s selections. Aanya Shukul was awarded Rookie of the Year. Three more Bearcats, Amanda Lee, Katherine Lee and Joyce Wong were selected to the Women’s Swimming and Diving All-Stars roster. Lee also won the Sportsmanship Award.

Several swimmers from both teams participated in the Metropolitan Swimming Conference Finals on Feb. 18-20.

The men finished ninth after scoring 275 points. Elkhouly accumulated the 35th highest number of points, after advancing to several event finals, including the 200 yard individual medley, where he finished ninth with a time of 1:53.95, the 200 yard backstroke finishing 10th, 1:54.97 and the 100 yard backstroke finishing ninth, 52.66.

The College of New Jersey won the men’s championship after scoring 1649 points. No other CUNYAC participated in the event.

The women finished 14th after scoring 142 points. Wong was the only swimmer to advance to the finals of an event, placing 21st in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.69.

Hunter, the CUNYAC champion, finished one spot ahead with 151 points.
The University of Mary Washington won the women’s championship with 1476 points scored.

Ordabayev, Danilyan, Elkhously and Eli Meron from the men’s team also participated in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Finals from Feb. 25-27 at the United States Naval Academy.

Baruch placed 17th having scored 31 points, ahead of University of Maryland-Baltimore. Navy won the event.

The meet hosted Division I schools such as James Madison University, Yale, Columbia and Loyola University