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!


Class of 2020 Excels in Early Admissions Process
Posted 12/23/2019 04:29PM

College acceptances are rolling in and the Fordham Prep Class of 2020 is once again distinguishing itself as a highly sought group by colleges and universities around the world. Through the early admissions process, 93% of seniors have applied to at least one college, submitting 968 applications to 164 different colleges and universities. “The Class of 2020 is proving to be a highly accomplished group of young men who will have their pick of colleges and universities to choose from for their post-secondary plans,” says Fordham Prep’s Director of College Counseling Maura Brennan.

The results have been impressive. Thus far, students have been accepted into 114 colleges and universities, including some of the top colleges in the nation: Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Boston College, Notre Dame, NYU, Amherst, Wesleyan, and Emory. As of publication, seniors have been accepted into 31 colleges and universities deemed “Most Competitive” or “Highly Competitive” for admittance by Barron’s Profile of American Colleges.

In addition, Fordham Prep seniors were also accepted to several international schools, such as University College Dublin, University of St. Andrews, and City University of London. In all, students were accepted into colleges and universities in England, Ireland, Japan, and Scotland. 

Charlie O’Connor (Darien, CT) was accepted into the highly selective School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) after honing his skills in the Prep’s film club, FPTV.   When talking about the college application process, he says, “The process was definitely stressful for me as I know it was for my fellow classmates. Being someone who wanted to attend film school, I had to complete film school creative portfolios/supplements. Many of the top film schools in the country require a short film, photography, a short story, or short screenplay. Being able to attend LMU gives me a lot of hope for opportunities to come in the future. I'd love the possibility of working in the film industry and being surrounded by the people in it. I want to make movies that send a message and touch the viewer.”

Senior Miguel Negrete (Yonkers, NY) will be attending Bucknell where he will be competing for the Bisons’ track and field squad after a stellar career as both a soccer player and a track & field star for the Rams.  He had high praise for his experience with the College Counseling Department. “The application process ran smoothly. My college counselor kept me on top of the tasks that needed to be completed. They also helped me search for colleges that were best suited for me and would help me prosper both as a student and as an athlete.”

Negrete continued, “I was looking for the opportunity to step away from my comfort zone. I will be able to step away from ‘city life’ and find out who I really want to be. I hope to achieve a career in business with the final goal of obtaining my master’s degree in sports management.”  

Senior Giordanis Guerrero (Bronx, NY) took a more unique journey for his college destination. He was awarded a full-scholarship to Emory University in Atlanta through Questbridge, a national nonprofit that connects exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges. 

My college counselor, Mrs. Keough, formally introduced me to QuestBridge,” says Giordanis. “She was a big motivator throughout the process, and I am more than grateful for her. The process began with applying to the National Scholar Match in September to become a Match Finalist. I filled out their application and soon after, I ranked up to twelve of their partner schools I would be interested in attending. Being admitted to a school through QuestBridge is a binding decision, so the rankings had to be well-researched and as accurate as possible. In mid-October, I became a Match Finalist, and this is where the nitty-gritty of the process kicked in. I had to submit all supplemental materials to the colleges I ranked by the Early Decision deadline. It became very challenging, but I succeeded. On December 2nd, I matched to Emory University with a full four-year scholarship!”

Senior Maclane Farrel (Larchmont, NY) has a tough decision to make: head to the Nation’s Capital and attend Georgetown or move to the Midwest, specifically South Bend, and go to the University of Notre Dame or wait until the regular decision period in the spring for his other applications to come in.  He says, “The application process was stressful. Many of the schools I applied to required multiple supplements as well as a few long essays so it took a long time to complete. Looking back, I’m glad I started over the summer or it would have been a lot of work this fall. Thankfully, I received a lot of good information in the spring from my college counselor, Mrs. Keough, so I was able to get a jump on the bulk of my applications before the start of senior year.”

“All of my teachers and many former teachers were extremely helpful during the process, reading or editing some of my essays or simply offering me some advice, I found a lot of comfort in how much they wanted to see me succeed.”

Congratulations to all of our Fordham Prep seniors who received acceptances during this period.  

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