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.
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.
12/22/15- FORDHAM PREP VS. xAVIER
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.
11/19/15- fORDHAM pREP VS. ST dOMINICS
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!
"The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from God,
Presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
They displace God
And so hinder our growth toward our goal.
In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
Before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
And are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
Wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
A deeper response to our life in God.
Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads
To God's deepening his life in me."
--St. Ignatius, The First Principle and Foundation
It has been pointed out often that the Spiritual Exercises were not just a gift St. Ignatius gave to his fellow Jesuits, but a gift that he gave to the entire world. The Exercises begin with The First Principle and Foundation quoted above. This profound statement serves as the ultimate vision for the Exercises and also reveals three key beliefs at the heart of what makes Ignatian Spirituality such a gift to the world - that God created us out of love, that all in this world can be a means to help us experience God’s love, and that freedom and indifference are necessary in order to respond fully to this love.
For Ignatius “to live with God forever” was to experience and share God’s love. He came to this realization through his own conversion when he experienced for himself God’s profound love for him. In doing so he also came to believe that whenever and wherever we experience God’s love, we are “deepening God’s life in us.” God, in creating us out of love, in turn created us for love. Thus the fullness of life is experienced when we most fully love as God loves.
Unlike some monastic orders of his time, Ignatius saw all created things in the world as having the capacity to help one to know, to love and to serve God. His worldview was incarnational - the incarnate God in the person of Jesus becomes one with us and therefore all of God’s creation becomes a means to experience this God. Thus Ignatius encourages us to carefully discern those things that help in our goal of knowing God’s love and those things that impede us. He cautions, “If any of these gifts become the center of our lives, they displace God and so hinder our growth toward our goal.”
Ignatius believed that in order to discern well the things that can help and those that can hinder us, we must cultivate freedom and indifference in our lives. Ignatian indifference means that we weigh all things equally in consideration in as much as they can help deepen God’s life in us. As James Martin SJ writes in his book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, “What Ignatius meant by indifference was freedom. The freedom to approach each decision afresh. The ability to be detached from one’s initial biases and to step back, the willingness to carefully balance the alternatives.” Indifference is about creating greater freedom to allow God to more fully love us.
What a great gift, indeed!