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!
Hope Does Not Disappoint: Reflections on the Loss of a Loved One
Maureen Martinez and Nelson Ritter ’96
As the last month of the liturgical year, Christian churches have long set aside the month of November for remembrance – remembrance of the soon-to-be-over year with its sacrifices and struggles, its joys and triumphs, but also (and probably more poignantly) remembrance of loved ones whom we have lost.
We recently guided groups of Fordham Prep faculty and staff members through a meditation on loss, a time for sharing stories about our departed loved ones and prayers for the eternal repose of their souls. Having shared our common experiences of being present during the deaths of our mothers, we both quickly realized the importance of memory and celebration of lives well-lived, but also of the inherent tug toward hope in the midst of what can be heart-wrenching experiences. We knew our experiences were pretty similar – Maureen’s mother Nancy passed away six years ago after a five-and-a-half year battle with pancreatic cancer; Nelson’s mother passed away a year ago after a three-and-a-half year battle with ovarian cancer. However, we did not expect the remarkable similarity in our reflections on the specialness associated with being present to dying people in their final hours. Quite naturally, we both used the term grace in all of its forms – as a noun, as a verb, even as an adjective – time and again. Our mutual feelings of gratitude for our mothers were evident, as were our mutual feelings of gratitude for being able to be present for such special moments. It is no wonder November is the month of remembrance, but also the month of gratitude in Christian churches.
St. Paul, in his masterpiece Letter to the Romans, wrote “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” The idea of pain ambling, drifting and developing into hope resonated immediately with us as we reflected on our shared experiences. While neither of us could ignore our feelings of loss, we both felt pulled toward hope and joy. In fact, whenever either of us talks about our mothers, we cannot help but smile – smile because suffering has become gratitude, smile because hurt has become happiness, smile because grief has become hopefulness.
In his often-quoted poem Gone from My Sight, Henry van Dyke reflected on loss, analogizing a recently-deceased loved one to a ship leaving port:
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, ‘There, she is gone!’, there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: ‘Here she comes!’
And that is dying.
As we trudge through the month of November, with all of its images of life passing away – the leaves falling to their individual deaths, the sunlight ever-so-slowly retreating, the warmth of the outdoors so obviously gone – we hope all who have lost loved ones can join us in a shout of appreciation and hope for the many opportunities to have been graced by our beloved deceased family members, friends, heroes . . .
As we did at our session for the faculty and staff members at Fordham Prep, we invite you to share the names of those souls for whose eternal repose you would like to pray. All of their names will be placed on our altar at Fordham Prep and will be remembered at daily mass.
November Remembrances Information
Maureen Martinez is Director of Guidance & Counseling at Fordham Prep; Nelson Ritter is a member of the Religious Studies Department.