VARSITY 2015-2016

3/5/16- NYS Federation CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over the weekend, the AquaRams travelled to Buffalo NY to compete in the New York State Swimming and Diving Federation Championships. For two days, the meet was filled with the best competition of high school swimming and diving in the state of New York and similar to past years, the Fordham Prep swimming team did not disappoint as they captured an impressive 2nd place finish overall just 12 points from 1st place!

Spencer Lafata led the team with a 2nd place finish in the 200yd freestyle with a time of 1:40.52 and an exciting come from behind 1st place finish in the 500yd freestyle with an Automatic All American time of  4:27.02.

Freshman Nick Torres also led the team with top finishes in his events including 5th place in the 200 individual medley of 1:52.64 just off our team record and 2nd place in the 100 backstroke 51.21!.

Other great individual performances were turned in by Aristides Speres in the 100 butterfly 51.51.45 along with Ryan Mairele and Stephan Gray in the 500yd freestyle coming in at  4:49.12 and 4:49.27 respectively. Gray also was nominated for the sportsmanship award of the meet for the Catholic High School Section.

In the relays, the team of Aristides Speres (46.41), Alec Nicaj (47.35), Nick Torres (45.81), and Spencer Lafata (46.10) captured 1st place in the 400yd freestyle relay for the 5th year in a row with an automatic all american time of 3:05.67, less than a second off the state record which is also held by Fordham Prep. In addition, the team of Nick Torres, Charles Lazaroni, Aristides Speres, and Alec Nicaj placed 5th overall in the 200medley relay and 4th in the  200freestyle relay with Speres, Francis Moran, Lafata, and Nicaj. 
Congratulations to the team on a fantastic meet and conclusion to the season!

2/7/16- NYCHSAA Championships

The Fordham prep swim and dive team concluded their CHSAA season on Sunday evening. The three day meet saw incredible competition throughout. Thursday evening the divers got the team some early points taking 2nd, 13, 18, and 19th. Saturday during the swimming trials the team placed themselves in a great position for sunday's finals, with all swimmers turning in best times of the season. Sunday's finals started with the 200 medley relay 1st through third place teams sepersted by less than a second. Through the next 5 events the lead changed hands between the Prep and two other teams multiple times. Prep swimmers Spencer Lafatta and Nick Torres were crowned individual champions in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley respectively. After the diving the top three teams were sepersted by only 11 points. Through the final 6 events the Aquarams continued to turn in top swims with Spencer Lafata winning the 500 freestyle, Nick Torres the 100 Back, and the 400 relay of Aristides Speres, Allan Cooke, Nick Torres and Spencer Lafata winning the final event. As the dust settled and the final score was announced the Prep had been crowned 2016 CHSAA runner ups. Congratulations to Stephen Gray, Ryan Maeirle, Allan Cooke, Charles Lazaroni, Aristidies Speres, Spencer Lafata, Nick Torres and Alec Nicaj all turned in State Championship qualifying times and will represent he Prep at the New York State Federation Championships. Congratulations to all Prep Swimmers and Divers on an excellent season!

1/25/16- FORDHAM PREP VS. st. anthonys

The Fordham Prep Swim and Dive Team concluded their duel meet season Monday evening against this years league powerhouse St. Anthony's.  What was billed to be a competitive and exciting meet surpassed all expectations.  The Aquarams turned in fantastic swim after fantastic swim, winning the first 3 events and going into the one meter diving tied 31 to 31.  The back and forth continued after the diving with St. Anthony's and the Prep swapping slim leads after each event.  Going into the final event, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Aquarams had a slight 2 point lead.  After the final touches, in what was the most exciting race of the season, the Prep came up just a tad short, conceding victory to the Friars by 2 points. The team has much to be proud of at the conclusion of the duel meet season, many swimmers and divers turned in their best performances of the season on Monday and are looking to use this momentum to catapult them even further in the CHSAA Championships that are scheduled for February 4th, 6th and 7th.  Outstanding performances were turned in by Aristedes Speres, Jared Copeland, Frankie Moran, Nick Torres, Stephen Amato, Steven Gray, Alec Nicaj, Nick Malloy, Trevor Sermon, Chris Bennianti, and Spencer Lafata.

Kudos to all swimmers and divers for an excellent duel meet season, and to the Class of 2016 Aquarams completing their duel meet careers 39-1.  Good Luck at Championships!


On Tuesday, December 22nd the Prep Swim and Dive Team had one last task to take care of before winter break.  Set for a show down with school rival Xavier, the team was committed to continuing their undefeated season moving into the holidays. Several fantastic swims were turned in highlighted by Aristedes Speres, Spencer Lafata, Alec Nicaj, Brian Chrystal, Trevor Sermon, and many more.  The team jumped out to a quick lead, and was able to maintain and build winning some exciting races along the way.  The team looks forward to capitalizing on its winter break practices at their next meet, against Xavieran on Tuesday, January 5th at the Fordham University Pool.  All are welcome to come and cheer on the team. Good Job and Good Luck to all Aquarams!

12/3/15- FORDHAM PREP VS. ST. Francis

The Prep swim and dive team welcomed the terriers of St. Francis Prep to the Rose Hill campus.  The Aquarams snapped to a quick start sweeping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the meet's initial event, the 200 yard Medley relay.  The second event saw Freshman Nick Torres win the 200 yard freestyle, followed by Junior Spencer LaFata in the third event, the 200 yard Individual Medley, also capturing 1st place.  Seniors Alec Nicaj and Brian Chrystal continued the winning ways securing the prep's 4th and 5th wins in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles. The team went on to win each of the remaining 8 events and the overall meet 93-67.  Outstanding swims were also turned in by some younger members of the team when Freshmen Andrew Wetty, Chis Garcia and Sophomores Daniel Masseo, Ryan Garvey, Lukas Petit all made their A-championship qualifying times.  The team looks forward to continuing its season against Molloy, on Monday December 14th.  Congratulations to all Swimmers and Divers on a job well done!  


11/22/15- FORDHAM PREP VS. ST. Peters

Sunday evening the Prep Swim and Dive team swam Staten Island powerhouse St. Peters.  The Aquarams got off to a quick start taking first and second place in the 200 yard medley relay, and continued their winning pace for the remainder of the meet.  The Prep won every event, including sweeping the 1 meter diving. Alec Nicaj, Michael Filaridi, Jalen Ramjohn, Chris Benninati, Brian Chrystal, Stephen Amato, Dylan Walsh and Mike Marun all turned in great swims. Congratulations to freshman Austin Hourican, Luke Rosato, Jared Copeland, Ryan Maierle, and Nick Torres all who made their Varisty A-championships cut.  The team looks forward to the annual Relay Carnival on Tuesday evening.



The Prep Swimming and Diving team kicked off its variety season Thursday night welcoming St. Dominics to the University natatorium.  The team got off to a quick start sweeping the 1 meter diving and the 200 yard medley relay event, and continued to its fast pace throughout the night.  Junior Spencer Lafata won the 200 yard freestyle in a New York State Championship qualifying time of 1:45.34 seconds.  Alan Cooke, Trevor Sermon, Frankie Moran, Aristides Speres, Ryan Maierle, Jared Copeland and Nick Torres also turned in excellent swimming performances.  The team has a quick turnaround for its second meet as they look to take on St. Peters High School, Sunday at 5:30pm.  Congratulations to all swimmers and divers on a great first meet! 


2015 Fordham Prep Freshman Swimming & Diving

Congratulations to the FP Freshman Swimming & Diving for finishing 2nd place at CHSAA Championships.  The team won 5 of the 8 swimming events. Nick Torres was named the meet MVP, breaking 3 league and team records (100 IM, 50 Back, 50 Free). Ryan Maierle won two events (50 Free & 100 Free). In the final race of the day, the 200 Free Relay team of Luke Rosatto, Jared Copeland, Ryan Maierle and Nick Torres set a new league and team record. 

2015 NY State Federation Champs

The Fordham Prep Swim team captured their 5th consecutive New York State Federation Championship this weekend in Ithica, NY. The 200 Medley Relay of Jalen Ramjohn, Ian Bidwell, Aristides Speres and Alec Nicaj began the meet with a 3rd place finish. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Michael Verini, Timothy Buttigieg, Alec Nicaj, and Steven Tierney won with a time of 1:24.92. Top eight performances were turned in by Michael Verini (50 Free & 100 Free), Steven Tierney (200 Free, 100 free), Jack Collins (500 Free), Ian Bidwell (200 IM & 500 Free), & Spencer LaFata (200 Free & 500 Free), The final event of the day, the 400 Freestyle relay, the team of Michael Verini, Spencer LaFata, Jack Collins, Steven Tierney, finished the meet with a fantastic swim of 3:06.19 and sealed the deal assuring the team's dominating win with 245 points. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to all!


Fordham Prep Seniors Make Their College Choices
Posted 05/08/2019 11:53AM


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On May 1, Fordham Prep seniors officially announced where they will be headed in this fall. For some, it will be right across the Prep at Fordham University. For others, they will make a life-changing move to other countries to start their college journey. 

"The Class of 2019 has set themselves apart with the geographical diversity of their college choices," says Director of College Counseling Maura Brennan. "This year's class is headed to 25 different states and two countries."

The 238-member senior class will be spread out from New York to California, across the northern border into Canada and across the Atlantic Ocean in Ireland, attending 94 different schools. The largest contingent of Rams, 20 in all, will head up I-95 to Chestnut Hill to attend Boston College in the fall. 

One of those headed to Boston College is senior Jackson Goodman. The Eastchester native says, "The college application process was stressful, but I found that it was more about being willing to commit yourself to writing the essays and putting in the work more than anything else. The counseling department was helpful in providing information about the process and helping to identify schools which I should consider." 

When asked about his experience at Fordham Prep, Jackson replied, "My Fordham Prep experience is honestly one that has meant the world to me. I’ve met so many incredible people and formed close relationships with both teachers and students which I know will last a lifetime. Being a part of this community is truly like being a part of a family, and the sense of brotherhood here at the Prep is unlike anything else I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve been challenged academically, athletically, and socially, but I believe all of those opportunities to grow have made me a better person, and I look forward to being able to use what Fordham Prep has taught me to continue to grow in college."

A group of 14 Rams will be headed across the Bronx to Manhattan College which is where Taeef Jihaan will be going in the fall. When asked about his college application experience, he said, "It was a stressful process, but mainly because I did a lot of things last minute. Mr. (TJ) O'Sullivan ('98) was firm about the deadlines and the requirements which helped." The Bronx native intends to study chemical engineering as a Jasper. 

New Rochelle resident Raphael Bartolome will be attending Sophie Davis CUNY School of Medicine BS/MD program which will put him on track to become a doctor in seven years. His application process was a bit different since Sophie Davis does not participate in the Common Application. "I had to write three essays: one on extracurriculars, another on an important national health or social policy problem, and finally a 'Why Medicine Essay.' I wrote about my love of music, the rising rate of obesity in the United States and steps we can take to address it, and my weight-loss journey and how I wanted to become a doctor so I can share my story with other kids who might have had the same problems as I had. We also had a three interview stages with a student and two professors. I simply kept it lighthearted and straightforward about how I felt about my experiences-I left everything genuine on the table."

While Raphael didn't hear back for an interview until late March, he was kept on track by his counselor, TJ O'Sullivan: " I had a couple of moments where I had to sit down with Mr. O'Sullivan and talk about my fears, and the most important thing he told me to do was just wait and let everything come to pass before being nervous about anything. It really helped me realize that everything was going to be alright and that even if I was rejected, it wouldn't get in the way of my dream of becoming a doctor."

One Ram will make the journey north of the border as he attends McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Larchmont native James Carcano intends to study mechanical engineering with a minor in environmental engineering. He credits the Common Application and his college counselor for making application process to the vast majority of his schools simple. While McGill is not on the Common Application and all materials were sent by international mail, he is happy with his choice and hopes to take in the culture and opportunities available in Montreal.

Almost 44.5% of the entire senior class will be attending a Catholic college or university. Over 28% of the Fordham Prep Class of 2019 will be attending a Jesuit college or university, including Georgetown, Holy Cross, and Marquette. Nearly 16.5% of the class will be headed to other Catholic universities around the United States, such as Notre Dame, Providence, and Villanova.

Private (non-Catholic) colleges make up the next group of Fordham Prep students with nearly 26.9% of the class headed to schools like Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, NYU, Elon, the University of Chicago, and Vanderbilt. Public in-state and out of state schools total almost 26% of the graduating class, with students matriculating to schools like the University of Texas, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, UCLA, Binghampton University, and the University at Buffalo.

Three students are going international with one to Cananda (McGill) and two to Ireland (Trinity College and University College, both in Dublin).

Congratulations to the Fordham Prep Class of 2019 on their future endeavors! They will officially graduate from the Prep on Wednesday, May 29 from the Lombardi Center on the campus of Fordham University.


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