Monmouth Defeats St. Francis College In Sweep

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November 24th, 2019 College, News

Monmouth v. St. Francis College

Courtesy: Monmouth Athletics

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ –  The Monmouth University swimming teams raced past visiting St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday night at Steadman Natatorium.

Tahlia Botha (Cape Town, South Africa / Reddam House Durbanville / Kenridge Primary) set two new school records in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM, and also a personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke. Botha and Camryn McHugh (Sicklerville, NJ / Gloucester Catholic) won three races each and on the men’s side Blake Reynolds (Grayson, GA / St. Pius X) and Dylan Edge (Chandler, AZ / Corona Del Sol) each turned in two individual victories.

The men won 156-98 to extend its winning streak and improve to 6-1 on the year, while the women’s team went to 5-3 by virtue of the 140-121 win.

“It was encouraging to see the team continue to build positive momentum. We had some outstanding individual performances, it is always impressive to see records fall during the season. Tonight was a good building block for us as we hope to put it all together at the ECAC Championships in a couple weeks.”
– Monmouth head coach Matt Nunnally

– Freshman Blake Reynolds touched the wall first in the 50 free (21.23) and the 100 fly (50.69), giving him 10 individual victories this season.

– Rookie Dylan Edge placed first in the 200 free (1:45.28) and the 200 back (1:54.14) and he now has eight wins this year.

– Junior Trevor Askew came in first place in the 200 IM (1:58.81) to win his 11th race of the year. Askew has 17 career individual victories.

– Sophomore Callan Smith won the 100 back to give himself 10 first-place finishes in 2019 and 41 for his career.

– Senior Austin D’Angelo won his first race of the season, the 100 breast, and the eighth of his career.

– Sophomore Nate Heisey also won his first race of 2019 (200 breast), giving him three wins in his career.

– Sophomore Dylan Barkhuizen touched the wall first in the 200 fly, clocking in at 1:58.46. Barkhuizen won his first race of 2019 and the eighth race of his career.

– Sophomore Valance Washington took the crown in the 100 free, winning in 47.58. Washington won his first race of the year and the seventh of his career.

– Monmouth’s men won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:34.42 as Kevin Del Giorno, Askew, Reynolds and Washington combined for the victory.

– For the women’s team, Tahlia Botha contributed three individual wins, placing first in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM. Botha has won 15 races so far in her freshman season.

– Sophomore Camryn McHugh won the 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly to give herself 10 victories in 2019 and 34 for her career.

– Rookie Alexandra Ho reached double-digit wins on the year (10) after winning the 50 free and 100 free.

– McHugh, Botha, Ho and Bradie Keelen combined to win the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1:50.41.

– Tahlia Botha set new team records in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.66) and the 200-yard IM (2:12.78).

– Botha set a new personal-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning in 1:07.07.

– Alexandra Ho set a new personal-best time in the 100-yard freestyle (53.58).

– Monmouth had three men set personal best times in the 50-yard freestyle, Ben Yeung (22.40), Austin D’Angelo (23.54) and Nate Lardieri (23.50).

Monmouth will compete at the three-day ECAC Championships beginning on Friday, December 6, in East Meadow, N.Y.

Courtesy: St. Francis Athletics

WEST LONG BRACH, NJ – The St. Francis College Brooklyn men’s and women’s swimming teams concluded the Monmouth dual meet on Friday night. The men were edged in head-to-head action against Monmouth, while the women also fell to Monmouth in New Jersey.

The men’s swimming team put up a fierce battle, but fell by a final score of 156-98. The women also gave it their all but were taken down by Monmouth by a score of 140-121.

Freshman Benedek Lendvai had two standout performances this meet. In the 1000-yard freestyle he took first place with a time of 9:58.22. The Budapest native also took first place in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a final time of 4:47.19.

Freshman Mariajose Lopez took first place in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 5:10.58. Swedish native Angelica Stark came in right behind her taking second place in the 500 with a time of 5:28.23.


  • Junior Ana Paula Montes De Oca earned a first place finish in two of the events that she competed in. She finished her 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:11.99. The junior concluded her 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.61.
  • Junior Kavin Duraku posted a strong third place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:20.09.
  • Beatriz Gomes Angelo took an impressive first place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 11:00.15. Stark came in right behind her to snag the second-place spot. Stark posted a solid time of 11:07.42
  • Alfred Christensson took second place in the 100-yard butterfly. He posted a time of 51.81. The Swedish sophomore also competed in the 200-yard IM and posted a time of 2:05.37, which landed him a spot in first place overall. Meriton Veliu also took second place in the 200-yard IM with Marko Danev coming in right behind him to take third place.
  • To finish off the meet, a trio of seniors came in the top five in the 100-yard breaststroke. Raphaelle Gregoire took second place with a strong time of 1:07.36. Swedish native Fanny Stromstedt took the third place spot coming in at 1:08.19. To finish off the event Lara Milak placed fifth and put up a time of 1:12.96.

The Terriers are back in action on Saturday, November 23, as they travel to Stony Brook for a dual-meet at 10 a.m.

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