Final Event Win Lifts Men's Swimming and Diving Past Vassar, 118-107


Montclair, NJ (1/18/12) – Junior Thomas Long (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) won a pair of individual events and then swam the anchor leg in the 200 freestyle relay that decided the meet as Montclair State won its second straight slipping past Vassar College, 118-107 at the Panzer Athletic Center Pool on Wednesday evening.

Junior Zak Westerberg (Hamilton, NJ / Hamilton North) and sophomore Joseph Berry (Edison, NJ / Edison) also won two individual events and was part of that same relay squad as the Red Hawks moved to 4-6 on the season.

Long swept both short freestyle events as he captured the 50 event with a time of 22.70 before adding his second victory in the 100 free in a time of 50.33. Westerberg won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly as he and Michael Volski (Edison, NJ / Edison) went 1-2 in each event. Westerberg took top honors in the 200 free covering the distance in 1:50.91 while Volski went 1:53.00. He then outlasted Volski in the 100 fly with times of 55.70 and 57.34, respectively.

While Long won the short events, Berry was taking first place in the distance races. He won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:41.20 and collected a second win as he swam 5:00.96 in winning the 500 freestyle.

Donny Keenan (Scotch Plains, NJ / St. Joseph's)
and Chris Lee (Morris Plains, NJ / Parsippany) also registered a 1-2 placing by Montclair in the 100 breaststroke. Keenan won the event with a time of 1:02.81 with Lee coming in at 1:03.55.

Despite the strong individual efforts, the meet still came down to the final even – the 200 freestyle relay. MSU led 107-103 heading into the event and needed a victory to earn the victory. And they got it as Westerberg, Berry, Sean French (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) posted a time of 1:31.52, nearly six seconds ahead of the Brewers to win the meet.

Freshman Tommy Dreisbach (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) finished second in both diving events with scores of 112.20 and 151.27 points, respectively.

Montclair State continues their busy return to the pool on Friday, January 20 as they travel to New York University for a men’s and women’s tri-meet against the host Violets and Old Dominion University. The following day, the squads head to Glassboro, NJ to take on Rowan University at 1:00 pm.