College Round-up: Queens pair leads Hunter swim team to three wins

By Dylan Butler

Thanks to a pair of Queens swimmers, the Hunter women’s swimming team registered three key wins over the College of Staten Island last week in a CUNY dual meet.

Rita Tolan, a senior co-captain from Woodside, and Claudia Chan, a freshman from Fresh Meadows, each earned CUNY honors after helping the Hawks move into a three-way tie for first with CSI and John Jay.

Tolan was named the CUNY Performer of the Week after the Stella Maris grad won all three of her races: the 200 Medley Relay (2:08.45), the 200 Freestyle (2:23.26) and the 200 Freestyle Medley (1:58.48). Tolan also won the 200 Medley Relay and placed second in the 50 Freestyle in a 136-122 loss to Mount St. Mary.

Chan also won all three of her races, the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 Individual Medley (2:34.16) and the 100 Freestyle (59.09) to earn Rookie of the Week honors. The Cardozo grad added two more wins and a pair of second place finishes against Mount St. Mary.

They weren’t the only ones from Queens to earn CUNY weekly honors.

Former Francis Lewis standout Diane Ramirez was named the CUNY women’s basketball Rookie of the Week after averaging 19.5 points, four rebounds and 4.4 assists in a 1-2 week for Baruch. The sophomore guard from Sunnyside highlighted her week with 11 points and 10 steals in a 51-34 win over Yeshiva.

York center Terrin Johnson was named CUNY men’s basketball Rookie of the Week after the 6-foot-8 former Curtis star averaged 12 points and seven rebounds in a pair of wins for the Cardinals.

Men’s basketball

Philadelphia University 81, Queens College 68. John Sikiric scored 18 points, Shaun Bertin added 16 points and Rob Villanueva had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Queens (6-11, 5-9 NYCAC), which dropped its seventh straight Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa.

Brent Welton led Philadelphia (18-3, 14-1) with 29 points, Tayron Thomas had 21 points, Brian Tomko netted 14 and Brett Storm added 12 points and six assists.

The Knights look for revenge Thursday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium before hosting St. Thomas Aquinas Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Dutchess Community College 83, Queensborough 75. Carl Emengo, Herving Armand and Dewayne Thomas each scored 14 points for Queensborough (9-9, 5-1 CUNYAC) while Tashun Williamson led Dutchess with 14 points Saturday.

York College 90, Mount St. Vincent 77. Michael Thompson had 20 points and five assists and Terrin Johnson added 16 points for the Cardinals in a non-league game Saturday.

Women’s basketball

Queens College 59, Bridgeport University 48. Shonda Holder had 16 points and became the fifth Lady Knight to reach the 1,000-point plateau Tuesday in Connecticut.

Queens College 58, Philadelphia University 53. Erin White scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the second half and Holder added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Knights.

Jean-Marie Reilly had 20 points and Samara Speakes added 10 points for Philadelphia, which dropped to 13-5, 11-4.

Queens (10-8, 9-6 NYCAC) hosts Philadelphia Thursday before playing St. Thomas Aquinas Saturday at 5 p.m. at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.

Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by email at [email protected] or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.