Monmouth Defeats St. Peter’s, With Jensen Ritter Winning Four Individual Events

St. Peter’s vs. Monmouth

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Results (PDF)

Courtesy: St. Peter’s Athletics

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Saint Peter’s swimming and diving has now won nine of its last 10 men’s relay races, including all eight in the last four meets, after another sweep of those events against Monmouth.

Senior Natalie Davis has a win streak of her own in the backstroke, winning her first 200 Back of the season to make it five consecutive wins in the discipline. 

Top Performances

  • Saint Peter’s used a trio of seniors and a junior (Oleksiy PolishchukYann Le GallDavid Dolgitzer, and Luke Cillie) to win both the 400-yard medley relay (3:31.50) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:10.33). Both times are season bests.
  • Natalie Davis has not lost a backstroke race since the opening meet of the season, winning the 200-yard backstroke (2:12.26) by nearly a second-and-a-half. She also scored a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:12.09).
  • Oleksiy Polishchuk stayed undefeated in the breaststroke with season-bests in the 100 Breast (57.87) and the 200 Breast (2:07.28). His 100 Breast time is the second-fastest of his collegiate career, just 12-hundreths of a second off his personal best.
  • Senior Evangelia Vasilakis was the top point scorer in the 200-yard IM (2:42.92).
  • Alongside his relay contributions, Luke Cillie also notched two second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (21.92) and the 100-yard breaststroke (58.97).
  • Junior Noelle Sprenkle clocked in a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (58.00).
  • Senior Thomas Granet notched second-place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.77) and 200-yard individual medley (2:00.31).
  • The women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team (Natalie DavisEvangelia VasilakisDevyn Hantgin, and Noelle Sprenkle) took home the top point total in the event with a time of 4:01.34.

Up Next

The Peacocks have wrapped their regular season and are now preparing for the 2022 MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships. The four-day conference meet, running Feb. 9-12, is taking place at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Courtesy: Monmouth Athletics

Monmouth 173
Saint Peter’s 80

Monmouth 182
Saint Peter’s 55

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Monmouth University men’s and women’s swimming teams each earned convincing victories over Saint Peter’s in a dual meet on Saturday afternoon at Yanitelli Center.

The men earned a 173-80 victory, while the women came away with a 182-55 triumph in the final conference dual meet of the regular season.

Jensen Ritter won four individual events to lead the women’s team, while Callan Smith earned three victories on the men’s side.

“A good start to the second semester for the women and a nice bounce back performance for the men. I thought both teams swam well and showed a lot of toughness today, with where we are in the season right now, physically they are feeling beat up and tired and despite that they raced well and finished strong. I feel good about the position we are in with one meet left and where we can go this season. I am excited about the results today and am looking forward to honoring our seniors next week against La Salle.”
– Monmouth head coach Matt Nunnally  

– Jensen Ritter won the 100 fly (1:00.90), 200 fly (2:14.55), 100 free (57.69) and 1000 free (11:16.53) to give her five victories in her freshman season.

– Tahlia Botha took the top spot in both breaststroke events. Botha won the 100 breast (1:09.48) and 200 breast (2:31.78). She won her first two events of the year and now has 22 wins in her career.

– Freshman Georgia Watkins now has 10 individual wins this season after taking first in the 200 free (2:01.25) and the 500 free (5:25.37).

Alexandra Ho won the 50 free in 24.98 and Alexa Houseknecht won the 100 back in 1:01.20. Ho has 10 wins this season and 26 in her career. Houseknecht’s win was the first of her freshman campaign.

Callan Smith placed first in three events, the 100 back (55.03), 100 free (47.87) and 200 IM (1:59.84). Smith increased his season victory total to 15 and career total to 70.

Cole Dyson finished ahead of the field in the 200 free (1:46.15) and 500 free (4:48.38). Dyson now has nine individual wins this season and 10 in his Monmouth career.

Blake Reynolds hit the wall first in the 50 free (21.81) and the 100 fly (52.32). Reynolds has 23 career wins and six this season.

Dylan Edge also won a pair of races, giving him three this year and 16 in his career. Edge paced the field in the 200 fly (1:59.07) and 200 back (1:56.50).

Leo Fricker placed first in the 1000 free, hitting the wall in 10:05.14. It was Fricker’s second win of the season.

Monmouth closes the regular season next Friday when it hosts La Salle at 3 p.m. at Steadman Natatorium on Senior Day.

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