Swimming and Diving Trio Earn Weekly Honors from NJAC

Montclair, NJ (2/8/10) – Sophomore Chris Lee (Morris Plains, NJ / Parsippany Hills) collected Swimmer of the Week honors while freshmen Ashley Vallone (Park Ridge, NJ / Park Ridge) and Michael Smith (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East) were both honored as Rookie of the Week as the New Jersey Athletic Conference announced its accolades on Monday.

Lee earns NJAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week honors after helping the Red Hawks close out their dual meet season with a 179-119 NJAC victory over rival William Paterson. Individually, he collected a trio of wins including first place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.68), the 200 breaststroke (2:21.24), and the 200 individual medley (2:06.37). Lee also swam the second leg of MSU’s first place 200 medley relay which produced a winning time of 1:41.79.

Smith earns NJAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season. Individually,
he collected a pair of wins including victories in the 1,000 freestyle (10;37.20) and the 500 freestyle (5:00.97). Smith also was a member of Montclair’s first place 400 freestyle relay which produced a winning time of 3:22.47.

Vallone earns NJAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week honors for the fifth time this season after helping the Red Hawks earn a 161-119 NJAC victory over rival William Paterson. Individually, she posted three victories with first place showings in the 50 freestyle (26.32), the 100 freestyle (57.01), and the 200 freestyle (2:06.74). Vallone also swam the anchor leg of Montclair State’s first place 200 medley relay which produced a winning time of 1:59.11.