Women's Swimming Sets Two Records on First Day of Metro Championships

New Brunswick, NJ (2/20/09) – Sophomore Galina Loutchouk (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) broke a 24-year-old record in the 500 freestyle while the women's 400 medley relay team broke another long-standing record as the women's team is sixth and the men seventh after the first day of the 2009 Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships at Rutgers University.

Loutchouk broke Gail Meneghin’s 1985 (set against Trenton State) mark in the event as she swam a time of 5:24.56 in the preliminaries. She would come back and reset the new standard clocking in at 5:23.15 to finish 13 th in the event.

Meanwhile the 400 medley relay team of Lauren Uckar (Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan), Laura Spadoni (Nazareth, PA / Nazareth Area), Laura Flynn (Andover, NJ / Lenape Valley) and Raquel Erwin (Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) broke another 24-year-old mark as they placed sixth in the event. The quartet timed in at 4:06.11, breaking the previous mark of 4:08.12 set during the 1985 NCAA Division III Championships.

Erwin and Uckar then combined with Christina Crossin (Milford, CT / Lauralton Hall) and Nicole Van Avery (North Brunswick, NJ / North Brunswick) to place sixth in the 200 freestyle relay as that teams posted a time of 1:40.65 in the event.

Spadoni and Erwin would go on to register Top 10 individual finishes. Spadoni took 10 th in the 200 individual medley (2:13.38) with Erwin recording the same finish in the 50 freestyle (24.89). Van Avery was 13 th in the 50 freestyle with a personal-best time of 25.23.

On the men’s side, the men’s 200 freestyle relay team of Blaise Lacca ( Sewell, NJ / Washington Township), Sean French ( Cranford, NJ / Cranford), Chris Lee ( Morris Plains, NJ / Parsippany Hills) and John Adams ( Wharton, NJ / Pope John XXIII) placed seventh with a time of 1:29.19. Adams, French and Lacca then joined Jon Kurtz ( Stockholm, NJ / Vernon Township) for the 400 medley relay as that team placed eighth with a time of 3:36.13.

Adams would finish 16 th in the 50 freestyle (22.08). Freshman diver Jacklyn Beck ( West Milford, NJ / West Milford) was fifth in the one-meter event

The Metropolitan Championships continue on Saturday and Sunday.