Loutchouk Sets New 400 IM Mark at Metro Swimming Championships

New Brunswick, NJ (2/23/08) – Freshman Galina Loutchouk (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) broke her own school record in the 400 individual medlay as the Montclair State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams stand in eighth and seventh place, respectively after two days of competition at the 2008 Metropolitan Conference Championships held at the Sonny Werblin Rec Center at Rutgers University.

Loutchouk, who placed 10 th in the event, broke her own mark by two seconds as she posted a time of 4:53.07 during the finals. She bested her previous standard of 4:55.12 set at the Kutztown Golden Bear Invitational back in November. Loutchouk then swam the leadoff leg for the 800 freestyle relay team that placed seventh with a time of 8:26.77. Kristine Bates ( Clark, NJ / Arthur L. Johnson), Raquel Erwin ( Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) and Kaitlin Muchler ( Vineland, NJ / Vineland) comprised the rest of the relay squad.

Bates, Ewrin, Brittany Cole ( Linden, NJ / Linden) and Laura Spadoni (Nazareth, PA/ Nazareth Area) would combine to place sixth in the 200 medley relay with the quartet clocking in at 1:53.98 in the finals. Bates also added a 10th-place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:01.25) and Spadoni was ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.87).

On the men’s side, senior Ricky Miller ( Seaside Park, NJ / Monsignor Donovan) collected his second individual Top 8 finish as she was eighth in the 100 fly. Miller went 53.01 during the evening finals as swimming 52.83 in the morning preliminaries.

Miller then helped the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays to a sixth and seventh-place showing, respectively. Miller, John Adams ( Wharton, NJ / Pope John XXIII), Jon Kurtz ( Stockholm, NJ / Vernon) and Blaise Lacca ( Sewell, NJ / Washington Township) registered a time of 1:39.11 in the 200 medley relay. Miller and Lacca were then joined by Matt Hyde ( Clifton, NJ / Clifton) and Derek Henrichsen (West Allenhurst, NJ / Ocean Township) on the 800 freestyle relay to record a time of 7:26.04.

The Metropolitan Championships conclude on Sunday, February 24 with the final 13 events. .