Men Second, Women Fourth at Golden Bear Swimming Invitational

Kutztown, PA (11/21/09) – The Montclair State men’s team finished second while the women’s team placed fourth at the Golden Bear Invitational which wrapped up action on Saturday at Kutztown University.

The MSU totaled 507 points and claimed two event titles while the women tallied 239 points.

The men’s 200 freestyle relay team of Blaise Lacca (Sewell, NJ / Washington Township), Michael Smith (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East), Zak Westerberg (Hamilton, NJ / Hamilton North) and Thomas Long (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) got things off to a good start for MSU as they took first place with a time of 1:29.26. The quartet also finished second in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:21.51 and third in the 800 freestyle relay (7:52.69).

Sean Chambrovich (Allenhurst, NJ / Red Bank Regional) won the 200 backstroke as he clocked in at 2:08.95 with teammate Jason Jennings (Cedar Run, NJ / Southern Regional) coming in third (2:14.02). Chambrovich also finished fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:12.50) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.85).

Chambrovich then teamed with Lacca, Sean French (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) and Nikolas Lumkong (Andover, NJ / Pope John XXIII) for a second-place finish in in the 200 medley relay (1:43.16). Lumkong added a pair of third-place showings in the 200 butterfly (2:10.53) and 200 individual medley (2:06.56). He was also fifth in the 50 freestyle (:23.23).

Westerberg placed third in the 50 freestyle (23.17) and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.57) while Smith was third in the 200 freestyle (1:53.46) and sixth in the 500 freestyle (5:15.71). Matt Hyde (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) was fifth in the 500 free (5:14.78) and Lacca the same in the 100 freestyle (50.48). Michael Adams (Wharton, NJ / Pope John XXIII) was fifth in both the 200 and 400 individual medley with times of 2:12.73 and 4:46.70, respectively.

On the women’s side, Laura Spadoni (Nazareth, PA / Nazareth Area) finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.61) and sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:42.77) while also recording a seventh-place showing in the 200 individual medley (2:22.34). Freshman Ashley Vallone (Park Ridge, NJ / Park Ridge) placed third in the 100 free (57.26) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (26.39). She was also eighth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.66.

Laura Flynn (Andover, NJ / Lenape Valley) was eighth in the 200 butterfly (2:23.67) with junior Galina Loutchouk (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) finishing seventh in the both the 400 individual medley (5:04.68) and 1650 freestyle (19:30.17).

The Red Hawks are now off until Saturday, December 5 when they host Drew University in a dual meet at the Panzer Athletic Center Pool beginning at 1:00 pm. Montclair will also have divers competing at the ECAC Championships that same day.