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!
I’m sure most of us super-idealize the Holy Family, picturing them always in perfect composition within every single scene of their lives, the way great painters capture them. Not a hair out of place, not a patch to be seen anywhere on their clothing, with smiles so serene it must have made their faces ache. Whether Our Lady and Our Lord were born free of original sin, they were both definitely human, and it seems to me inescapable then that when Jesus was an infant he had to go through torment of teething, that Mary had to pace the mud floor, crooning to him as he screamed helplessly, patting his little back and yearning to be back in her warm bed.
And I’m sure Joseph’s patience was strained at least a few times when the little boy kept bubbling with incessant and inconsequential questions, like, “Papa, why are you doing that” and “Why does God hold back the rain so long” and “Why is Rabbi Ben Simeon so nasty to the boys in schule?” Is it possible for us even to imagine such a holy man saying to such a perfect child, “Son, could you just for five minutes be quiet and let me concentrate?”
As a result, I wonder if we might agonize over the fact that our own particular families aren’t like that unrealizable ideal (or anywhere remotely near it!)- an expectation aided and abetted by ideal TV families like the Cleavers and Huxtables. “Malcom in the Middle” may not be the normal family either, but it’s probably a lot closer than “The Waltons” ever was. An old Chinese proverb says, “It’s easier to govern a kingdom than to govern a family,” I suppose because the option of putting offenders to death isn’t entirely acceptable. In a much more pedestrian way, I think raising a family is like two people trying to cook a seven-course dinner on the same four-burner stove with one oven and no microwave. There are also, I think, too many unbalanced priorities.
Other parents, especially well-to-do parents with talented kids, want to provide everything they possibly can so the children’s untroubled futures will be “assured”-dance lessons, hockey camps, SAT prep courses—forgetting several important things, among them the fact that untroubled futures are not only boring but impossible on this planet, that human life is a matter of learning the essentials and then getting ready to improvise, and that part of natural growing up is simply time to mess up and explore the unpredictable mysteries under rocks and dirty their jeans.
In Judith Guest’s novel and the Robert Redford film of “Ordinary People,” you find a perfect suburban family, the father a tax attorney, the mother a chic clubwoman, the two son’s academic, athletic, and social ideals. Then tragedy strikes: the elder son dies in a boating accident and the younger one survives, wracked with guilt. What the father wants is to penetrate the younger boy’s silent defenses; what the mother wants is keeping up with appearances. They can’t both succeed- because they’re headed in contradictory trajectories. They can’t handle it.
Still other parents-far more now than when everybody worked at home- are holding down two jobs. They often spend a lot of talk about having “quality time” with their kids, but kids can’t be sandwiched into a schedule, like gym time, beauty salon time, and golf time. They want story time and soccer time, but being-listened-to—having felt surely that one’s being-listened-to carries weight- is very, very important.
But if there’s a single bit of advice I would give to parents (other than the quintessential family value of forgiveness), it would be to make time to work on the marriage. In the clutter of parents’ weeks, there are so many problems clamoring for their attention that many seem to focus down into devoted and endlessly adaptable automatons. Even if they have to force themselves to do it, they have to have time at least once a month to get away by themselves (even for a dinner they can’t afford) and share their selves-without spending the time talking about the kids, just talking about where each of them personally is at the moment, to have time to remain best friends. The kids need that. They need to know Mom and Dad have a relationship that is really solid. The certainty of that love is more important for an “assured future” than all the dancing lessons and hockey camps in the world.
Fr. Stanley O’Konsky, SJ moderates the FP swim team and has taught English at Fordham Prep for 49 years.