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!


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!  

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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.

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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! 

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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!

 


Fr. O'Konsky, SJ on Love
Posted 08/26/2015 11:04PM

Love God and love your neighbor. According to one who should know, that’s the whole purpose of life, what will fulfill us as human beings. Sounds pretty clear and simple. 

It’s neither.

“Love God with your whole heart.” But how can I do that when, in my most honest heart, I don’t feel any true love for God—not the way I feel love for my parents and my friends? And the same is true with loving my neighbor: just any old body that comes along? That’s a very nice ideal, but it seems totally impossible, even with the apparently engaging people I encounter. “Like” maybe, not “love.” And what about child molesters and potentates of porn and embezzlers? How can I love hypocrites and puritans and patronizers?

The core of the problem is our sloppy use of words. And probably no word in any language is so misused and bandied about as “love.” It’s trivialized even more than the word “sale.”

Every day you hear “I’d love to give that guy a piece of mind.” Exactly the same word you use for your mother or your best friend, used for beer and furniture.

Strictly speaking even affection isn’t love. There’s too big a personal kickback—the warm feeling provoked by someone we genuinely care for whether it’s a friend or a relative or your dog. And genuine love isn’t the heady feeling of romance that’s “being in love,” an intoxicating and beautiful time which alas, can’t resist the erosion of time. Love doesn’t happen because you’ve gone to the circus together, love happens because you’ve been through hell together and still love one another.

Love isn’t a feeling, love’s an act of the will. Love takes over when the feelings fail, when the beloved is no longer even likable. Love’s quite commonplace, and if what you call “love” has anything the least dramatic about it, it’s probably something a bit short of the real thing. Real love is taking out the garbage love, cutting down on the drinking love, letting go of the grudge love. If love doesn’t cost, we’re talking about something else entirely.

Good parents show you what genuine love really means. In the first place, they didn’t even have to have children but they took the risk, even before they’d seen us, with no possibility of an exchange. They discipline kids, which—believe me—is painful, but they’re saying, “I love you so much I’ll live with you hating me for a while, just so you don’t get hurt later on.” Even when you do something hateful, shaming, or degrading, good people keep loving you. They understand, in a way; they empathize—not with your hatefulness, but with your shame. “I’m saddened you did that, but right now your pains are far more important than my disappointment.”

Good parents spend 20 years feeding, clothing, sheltering, worrying about, and cleaning up after kids in order that they can come home one day and say “I’ve found someone I love more than I love you, or at least in a much different way.” That looks like the genuine article to me.

Okay, then, how can I love God? I think we love God by giving God time, time to listen to him, showing our gratitude for the gift of existence and by curbing the animal in us that craves what dehumanizes. At its most profound, we love God by allowing him to be God, to have reasons we’re not yet capable of comprehending. I think we also love God by loving our neighbors. A little poem I found Tuesday says it: “I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought one of my sisters and brothers, and I found all three.”

How do we love our neighbors, at least the ones we can see, who aren’t utterly repellent? I think the first gift we give is our attention, that we notice them, fixate them out of the maddening crowd, and find out their names. Without that, love has no chance. We give them our time and talk, really listen, share, empathize. St. Paul described genuine love about as well as anyone I’ve ever read: “Love is patient and kind; love isn’t jealous, or conceited, or proud; love isn’t ill-mannered, or selfish, or irritable; love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs; love isn’t happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up: its faith, hope, and patience never fail.”

As I said, not very dramatic. But the genuine article.

And when you come up against the person who gives you Teflon resistance to being loved, the person whose mere face sets negative feelings vibrating in you, remember: love isn’t a feeling, it’s an act of will.

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