Spadoni Gets NCAA "B" Cut; More Records Fall at Metro Swimming Championships

New Brunswick, NJ (2/21/09) - The Montclair State women established three more school records on Saturday as sophomore Laura Spadoni (Nazareth, PA / Nazareth Area) finished second and set in a new standard in the 100 breaststroke in addition to posting an NCAA "B" cut while classmate Galina Loutchouk (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) reset her own mark in the 400 individual medley.

The MSU women are in seventh place while the men are eighth after two days of competition.

The records were two of three set by Montclair on Saturday as the 200 medley relay also broke a 22-year old mark giving the Red Hawks five new school standards in the first two days of competition.

Spadoni, who was part of the 400 medley relay team that set the first record on Friday, added an individual one of her own as she posted the top time during the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke. Spadoni swam 1:05.25, eclipsing Gail Meneghin’s 1987 NCAA mark of 1:07.03. The time would be good enough for the NCAA "B" cut wihch means Spadoni is on list for a potential spot in the NCAA Division III Championships, which are being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from March 18-21. She would finish second in the finals swimming a time of 1:05.47.

Spadoni became the first MSU swimmer to earn an NCAA qualifying time since Michelle DeFreese in 2000.

Loutchouk set her second record in as many days as she broke her mark in the 400 individual medley. Loutchouk finished 12 th in the event and swam 4:50.06, three seconds faster than her previous mark set at the Metropolitan Championships a year ago.

MSU’s third record of the day came in the 200 medley relays as the Red Hawks posted a time of 1:51.47, more than a second faster than the 1987 mark established during the NCAA Division III Championships (1:52.75).

Freshman Lauren Uckar ( Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan) placed 13 th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.50 after swimming a personal-best 1:01.54 during the preliminaries. Uckar was also 13 th in the 100 backstroke (1:03.88 / 1:03.43 in prelims) and the 800 freestyle relay teams finished sixth (8:16.12).  

On the men’s side, the 200 medley relay team placed seventh (1:39.11) while the 800 freestyle relay quartet placed in the same spot clocking in at 7:26.54. Senior Jon Kurtz ( Stockholm, NJ / Vernon Township) placed 13 th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.04) and classmate John Adams ( Wharton, NJ / Pope John XXIII) was eighth in the 100 backstroke (55.09).

The Metropolitan Championships wrap up action on Sunday, February 22.