Kutztown, PA (11/20/10) – Sophomore Thomas Long (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) helped four relay team to Top 5 finishes, including wins in three events as the Montclair State men's swimming and diving team finished second at the Golden Bear Invitational held on Friday and Saturday, November 19-20. Freshman Kelise Donahue (Egg Harbor, NJ / Egg Harbor Township) and Kelly Abner (Glenwood, NJ / Vernon) each posted Top 5 finishes and led two relays to Top 3 showing as the women's team placed fourth.
The men's squad totaled 627 points finishing behind Stevens in the standings. The women collected 259 points.
Long was part of the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams that all collected victories. He joined Nikolas Lumkong (Byrum, NJ / Pope John XXIII), Sean French (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) and Blaise Lacca (Sewell, NJ / Washington Township) in capturing the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.28. He then swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley team that registered a time of 1:41.67. Lumkong, Chris Lee (Morris Plains, NJ / Parsippany Hills) and Sean Chambrovich (Allenhurst, NJ / Red Bank Regional) swam the first three leg. Long then had the second leg in the 400 freestyle quartet that won with a time of 3:18.93. Lacca, Michael Smith (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East) and Joseph Berry (Edison, NJ / Edison) comprised the remainder of that team.
Lacca added a win of his own in the 100 freestyle as he timed in at 49.64, just ahead of Long (50.39). Lee was victorious in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.28) with Lumkong winning the 100 fly with a time of 54.89. Smith and Berry finished third and fourth in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:50.84 and 1:51.10, respectively and then reversed spots in the 1650 freestyle (17:42.29 for Berry / 17:48.24 for Smith). Berry was also fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:01.89) with Smith fifth in the event at 5:04.09.
Lacca (22.82) and Long (22.87) went second and third, respectively in the 50 freestyle with Lumkong coming in fifth (22.99). Chambrovich recorded a third-place showing in the 200 IM (2:08.68) and fourth-place spot in the 200 backstroke (2:06.26) in addtion to the No. 4 placing in the 100 backstroke (57.85). Lumkong was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.73) with Lee getting third in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.56). Michael Volski (Edison, NJ / Edison) was fourth in the event (2:29.52).
Nick Russo (Matawan, NJ / Old Bridge) and Connor Pollitt (New Brunswick, NJ / Bishop Ahr) were third and fourth respectively in the 200 butterfly at 2:08.16 and 2:10.89. French and Pollitt tied for fourth in the 100 fly at identical 56.18 times.
Chambrovich, Lee, Lumkong and Lacca posted a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay as they combined on a time of 3:45.13.
For the women, Abner was fourth in the 200 IM as she swam 2:19.33 in the finals after going 2:18.49 in the preliminaries. She later finished second in the 400 IM at 4:52.12 and then swam on the 800 freestyle relay that placed third (8:22.43), the 400 medley relay that was third (4:18.52) and the 400 freestyle team the finished fifth (3:53.01).
Donahue joined Abner on each of those relay teams and was second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:15.46 before posting a 1:07.50 in the 100 backstroke to claim fifth place.
Laura Spadoni (Nazareth, PA / Nazareth Area),
the third member of those relays quartets, was fourth in the 200
breaststroke (2:35.92) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.96). Galina Loutchouk (Richboro, PA / Council Rock), the fourth swimmer in the relays, placed sixth in the 1650 freestyle at 19:04.81.
The Red Hawks are now off until Tuesday, November 30 when they travel to Dallas, PA to take on Misericordia University at 5:30 pm.