The victory was huge for the Red Hawks, who improved to 4-6 on the year. Injuries had left Montclair with just 10 available swimmers for the meet and 12 total competitors (two divers).
Despite being undermanned, quickly gained ground on the scoreboard after dropping the 400 medley realy with a 1-2-3 finish in the 1000 freestyle. Derek Henrichsen (West Allenhurst, NJ / Ocean Township) led the finish as he posted a time of 11:05.70. Dan Gordon ( Northfield, NJ / Mainland Regional) was second and Brian Iacono (Cape May Courthouse, NJ / Middle Township) third with times of 11:08.01 and 11:08.54, respectively.
Adams earned his first win of the evening in the 200 freestyle as he clocked in with a season-best 1:52.11 in the event. Vassar would win the next four events, but again the Red Hawks came through with another sweep, this time in the 100 freestyle. Blaise Lacca ( Sewell, NJ / Washington Township) won the event with a time of 50.59 followed by Matt Hyde ( Clifton, NJ / Clifton) who swam 51.47. Sean French ( Cranford, NJ / Cranford) completed the sweep as he registered a time of 51.61.
Victories by Adams in the 200 backstroke (2:05.71) and Henrichsen in the 500 freestyle (5:10.40) helped Montclair increase its lead to 102-84 but Vassar came back again as the Brewers won the second section of one-meter diving and then swept the 200 backstroke to take a 112-111 advantage heading into the final event.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Hyde, French, Adams and Lacca recorded a time of 3:22.88 to capture the event and 11 points for first place as MSU took the meet by the four-point margin.
Montclair State returns to action on Thursday, January 29 as both the men’s and women’s teams head to Mahwah, NJ for a tri-meet with Ramapo and King’s College at 6:00 pm.