Swimming and Diving Adds Three More School Records on Day Two of Metropolitan Championships


New Brunswick, NJ (2/19/11) – The Montclair State men’s swimming and diving team set three more school records and are in fifth place (of 18 teams) while the women’s squad is seventh (of 19 teams) following the second day of the 2011 Metropolitan Championships at Rutgers University on Saturday.

The Red Hawk men set records in the 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle as they have totaled 439 points through the first two days of competition. The Montclair women are in fifth with 300.5 points through the first 13 events.

A total of nine school records have fallen in the first two days for MSU. After setting six on Friday, three more came on Saturday, the first in the 200 medley relay.

The team of Nikolas Lumkong (Byrum, NJ / Pope John XXIII), Chris Lee (Morris Plains, NJ / Parsippany Hills), Sean French (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) and Thomas Long (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) broke the 19-year-old mark in the event during the finals with a time of 1:37.33, just .13 seconds better than the previous mark of 1:37.46 set by John Mitzak, Warren Towns, Andrew Mitzak and John Harding during the 1992 Metropolitan Championship. The Red Hawks would place seventh in the event.

Later on, sophomore Michael Smith (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill East) broke another of former All-American and MSU Hall of Famer Billy Blomn’s long-standing marks. Smith, who broke the 500 freestyle mark on Friday, added his second record in the 200 freestyle on Saturday. Smith finished sixth overall, but set a new mark in the event swimming 1:42.65 during the morning preliminaries. The time broke Blomn’s 1997 record of 1:43.23 set at the Metropolitan Championships.

The third record of the day came in the last event on Saturday as the 800 freestyle relay broke another 1992 record. Sophomore Zak Westerberg (Hamilton, NJ / Hamilton North), Smith, Long and freshman Joseph Berry (Edison, NJ / Edison) swam 7:03.01 to finish second in the event. Their time was nearly two seconds better than the mark held by Scott Fried, Andrew Mitzak, John Mitzak and Harding’s time of 7:04.85 during the Metropolitan meet in 1992.

Westerberg finished eighth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:21.96 in the finals after going 4:21.87 in the prelims. Lumkong and French were 13th (53.73) and 15th (54.92), respectively in the 100 butterfly. Lumkong would take 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.59 / 1:01.52 prelim) and Sean Chambrovich (West Allenhurst, NJ / Red Bank Regional) placed 14th in the 100 backstroke (55.66).

On the women’s side, Kelly Abner (Glenwood, NJ / Vernon Township) finished 11th in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:52.12 and Ashley Vallone (Park Ridge, NJ / Park Ridge)  was 10th in the 100 butterfly (1:01.27). Laura Spadoni (Nazareth, PA / Nazareth Area) was seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.04 in the finals after swimming 1:07.97 in the morning preliminaries. Kelsie Donahue (Egg Harbor, NJ / Egg Harbor Township) was 12th in the 100 backstrok (1:02.94) with Galina Loutchouk (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) and Jacky Moe (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford)  finishing 17th (2:01.50) and 19th (2:02.04) in the 200 freestyle.

The Red Hawks close out the Metropolitan Championship meet on Sunday, February 20.