Red Hawks Collect NJAC Weekly Honors in Swimming and Diving, Indoor Track and Field

Montclair, NJ (1/25/10) – Montclair State athletes earned a trio of weekly honors from the New Jersey Athletic Conference on Monday. The freshman duo Zak Westerberg (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton N.) and Ashley Vallone (Park Ridge, NJ/Park Ridge), were named the NJAC men's and women's Rookies of the Week, repsectively while senior Eugene Asimou (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) earned NJAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week

It is the second time this season that MSU has swept Rookie honors for swimming and diving. Vallone and Michael Smith (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East) were selected back on November 9.Westerberg earned the accolade  after producing four individual event wins and two relay victories in three meets during the week for the Red Hawks. He opened the week with a first place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:49.07) while also competing as a member of MSU’s first place 400 freestyle relay (3:20.60) in a 145-117 non-conference win over Misericordia. One day later, he produced first place showings in the 200 individual medley (2:07.94) and the 100 butterfly (57.48), while helping MSU’s 200 freestyle relay to a first place showing in a 90-70 victory over Division I NJIT. Westerberg wrapped up the week by winning the 50 freestyle in the Red Hawks’ 102-180 NJAC road defeat at Rowan.

Vallone won honors for the fourth time this season after posting five individual event wins in three meets during the week for the Red Hawks. She opened the week by winning the 50 freestyle (26.21) and the 100 freestyle (56.74) in a 121.5-140.5 non-conference defeat to Misericordia. One day later, she placed first in both the 200 individual medley (2:21.68) and the 500 freestyle (5:48.77), while also competing as a member of the Red Hawks’ first place 200 medley relay (2:01.49) in an 85-54 win over Division I NJIT. She wrapped up the week by placing first in the 100 freestyle (56.14) during MSU’s 126.5-167.5 NJAC road defeat at Rowan.

Asimou placed second in a field of 19 competitors in the shot put with a school-record and NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 16.81 meters helping MSU finish tops of among all Division III entries at 14th place in the field of 27 teams at the Great Dane Classic hosted by the University of Albany at the New York Armory.  Asimou, who missed most of last year with an injury, posted a qualifying mark for the second straight meet however this one will send him to the national championship meet in March at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He broke his own school record of 54-feet, 9.5-inches set during the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships.