Women’s Swimming Loses Opening Matches
By Gabriela Flores
The Bulldogs dove into two losses on their Nov. 12 opening day, falling to Sarah Lawrence College and Baruch. Their 37-144 loss against the SLC Gryphons in Bronxville was accompanied by BC’s Anastasia Kutuzova, whose powerful performances made splashes in the competition. Kutuzova was neck-to-neck with SLC’s Katherine McKane, landing second by a seven second margin, finishing the 400 IM at 5:13:01. The Bulldog also scored second in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke match-ups. BC’s Susanna Buckley placed Brooklyn on the charts with her 3:00:00 finish in the 200 yard freestyle, earning fifth place.
When it came to their scores with Baruch, Brooklyn’s luck was much the same. The Bulldogs lost 54-93. The Bearcats led in the 100 yard freestyle with Kaetlyn Chavez finishing 1:01:51, while the Bulldogs trailed behind at fourth place in Julie Huang who completed the match in 1:05.60. Huang went on to earn sixth in the 100 yard backstroke, followed by Bulldog Anastasiya Gousseva.
Brooklyn is set to compete again on Saturday, Dec. 3 in New Jersey against William Paterson University.
Men’s Swimming Earns Split On Opening Day
By Gabriela Flores
Taking the Bronxville pool alongside the women’s swimming team, the Bulldogs beat SLC 90-16 on Nov. 12. Brooklyn shined in the 200 yard medley relay, with Max Bratkovsky, Devin Boodha, Christian Hoyek, and Ronaldo Barrios leading the matchup against Sarah Lawrence.
Brooklyn’s performance against Baruch was a different story. The Bearcats’ Youssef Elkhouly led the 200 yard freestyle, with Bulldog Hoyek earning second place at a 2:05:98 finish. In the 50 yard freestyle, Brooklyn’s Boodha didn’t come to play, leading first place and ahead of three swimmers from Baruch. Boodha also took first in the 100 yard breaststroke. BC’s competitors stunned in the 400 yard IM as three Bearcats led the charts, with a Bulldog trailing behind in fourth place. Despite some Bulldogs sitting high on the scoring sheet, the team ultimately came short against Baruch, who won 99-60.
The men’s team will return for a non-conference match on Dec. 3 against William Paterson.
Men’s Basketball Drops Three Games, Wins One
By Avi Wizwer
The Brooklyn College men’s basketball team took on Montclair State in their season opener at the West Quad Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The season began with a bang as the 2020 CUNYAC Championship team received their 2020 championship rings. Despite the festivities, it wasn’t enough as the Hawks defeated the Bulldogs 93-51.
Montclair outscored Brooklyn 53-27 in the first half as the Bulldogs shot 34% from the field. Senior Zuric Harvey led Brooklyn with 14 points.
Bulldogs bounced back on Nov. 10, achieving their first win of the season. Brooklyn defeated the College at Old Westbury 83-62, shining during the first half of their performance this time around. The Bulldogs rolled with a 23-5 run, blasting countless three pointers. Junior Malik Dale lit it up from behind the arch, swooshing seven three pointers for a game high 30 points.
Coming off of their impressive win on Thursday, the Bulldogs looked to open up their appearance at the Dan Greene and Wayne Cook Memorial Tournament on the same note. Despite their great efforts, Brooklyn fell short to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 65-89, on Saturday, Nov. 12. After trading baskets, Saint Mary’s went on a 16-0 run and never let up. The Seahawks dominated the second half and put Brooklyn away. Malik Dole and Kaylin Olajide dropped 12 a piece to lead Brooklyn in scoring.
Brooklyn’s fourth and final game of the week came on Sunday, Nov. 13 against the University of Valley Forge. The Bulldogs could not secure a win in the consolation game, losing 62-81. The first half played out relatively close with the Bulldogs trailing 40-33. But a second half run led Brooklyn in a hole it could not climb out of. Olajide led Brooklyn in for the second time this season, dropping 20 in the loss. Brooklyn’s record falls to 1-3.
The Bulldogs will look to stack wins in the coming weeks. Their next chance comes on Nov. 16 against William Paterson University.
Women’s Basketball Wins Season Opener
By Avi Wizwer
The defending CUNYAC Champions started the season with a statement victory in their home opener, defeating Farmingdale State 79-51. The Bulldogs were sharpshooters behind the arch, knocking down eight. Senior Gianna Gotti led the team in scoring with 13, but four Bulldogs scored in double figures. Brooklyn College improves to 1-0 on the year, while the Rams fall to 0-1 on the season.
Brooklyn will look to build on their record on Nov. 16 against Kean University in Union, New Jersey.