Swimming Falls to WPU in Season Finale

Wayne, NJ (2/7/09) – The Montclair State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out the dual meet schedule on Saturday. The Red Hawks were swept by local rival William Paterson as the Pioneers won the meet 165-133 on the women’s side while the MSU lost 167-137.

The Montclair State men finished the year at 6-7 overall, 1-3 in the NJAC while the women completed their slate at 5-8, 1-3 in the NJAC.

Sophomore Galina Loutchouk ( Richboro, PA / Council Rock) was a winner in thee 200 butterfly as she posted a time of 2:23.14. Laura Flynn ( Andover, NJ / Lenape Valley) was second as she clocked in a 2:26.54. Montclair also won the 400 freestyle relay as the team of freshman Nicole Van Avery ( North Brunswick, NJ / North Brunswick), Lauren Uckar ( Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan), Christina Crossin ( Milton, CT / Lauralton Hall) and Raquel Erwin ( Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood) timed in at 3:54.39.

For the Montclair State men, seniors John Adams ( Wharton, NJ / Pope John XXIII) and Jon Kurtz ( Stockholm, NJ / Vernon Township) each won a pair of individual events. Adams collected his first-place performances in the 100 backstroke (55.96) and 200 backstroke (2:05.28) while Kurtz won both breaststroke events. He had a time of 1:04.02 in the 100 and swam 2:25.25 in the 200.

Freshman Jacklyn Beck ( West Milford, NJ / West Milford) and sophomore Laura Hess ( Berlin, NJ / Eastern) helped Montclair State sweep the diving events. Back won the required portion as she registered a score of 111.75 with Hess placing third (107.93). Hess would take the optional portion of as she put up a score of 167.75. Beck was third with a score of 143.10.

The Red Hawks are now off until Friday, February 20 as they compete in the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships at Rutgers University.