NJIT Men Follow Franco, Bonner Past Monmouth 151-137

Monmouth at NJIT

  • Jan. 26, 2019
  • NJIT def. Monmouth 151-137
  • Results 

Courtesy: NJIT Athletics

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The NJIT men’s swimming & diving team took part in its final dual meet before the CCSA Championships, defeating the Monmouth University Hawks 151-137 on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Sacred Heart University.

Freshman Joshua Franco and sophomore Mattheau Bonner led the way for NJIT as the two Highlanders to win multiple events at the meet. Franco was victorious in three freestyle events – the 50 meter (22.27), 100 meter (48.09) and 200 meter (1:48.42) – while Bonner secured wins in the 100 meter (52.65) and 200 meter (1:57.39) butterfly.

In addition, freshman Justin Andersen won the 1000 meter freestyle by posting a time of 10:18.71 and junior Cole Becker finished first in the men’s 1 meter dive ahead of senior teammate Avery Bechtel.

“This was our first meet in over six weeks and I was very pleased with how the team performed.  It was a very competitive meet and it was good to get the men up and racing again,” head coach Ron Farina said of the Highlanders’ performance.

NJIT will have three weeks off to prepare for CCSAs, which will take place February 20-23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Courtesy: Monmouth Athletics

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Monmouth University men’s and women’s swimming teams closed their regular season schedule against NJIT and Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, CT.

The women’s team fell to 5-8 on the season, while the men’s team dropped to 6-5 on the season.

Camryn McHugh led the women’s team with three individual wins, while Callan Smith won two races.

“We weren’t perfect today but I was pleased with the way everyone raced. We have some details to clean up in the next few weeks to be at our best for the MAAC Championships.”
– Head Coach Matt Nunnally

Monmouth’s men won the 400-yard medley relay as Callan Smith, Austin D’Angelo, Dylan Barkhuizen and Valance Washington finished in 3:37.76.

Both of Monmouth’s 200-yard freestyle relay teams won their races. The women’s team of Bradie Keelen, Muriel Maloney, Mary Emich and Alyssa Cherubino posted a time of 1:43.49. The men’s group of Valance Washington, Kevin Del Giorno, Dylan Barkhuizen and Ethan Lucas clocked in at 1:27.97.

Camryn McHugh claimed the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.53. She also won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.96 and the 100 yard butterfly (59.95). McHugh reached 23 individual wins for the 2018-19 season.

Callan Smith placed first in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.24) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.79). Smith increased his season victory total to 30.

Kevin Del Giorno won the 100-yard backstroke by touching the wall in 54.51. Del Giorno won the third race of his freshman season.

Austin D’Angelo took the crown in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning in 1:00.93. D’Angelo won his fourth race of the season and the seventh of his career.

Nate Heisey won the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 2:14.50, and the 200-yard IM (2:00.51). It marked the third individual victory of his freshman campaign.

Louise Barker‘s time of 5:30.21 was good for first place in the 500-yard freestyle. It was the first individual victory of Barker’s career.

Lauren Baines was the top finisher in the 200-yard IM, winning in 2:22.86 for her seventh triumph in 2018-19.

Monmouth will travel to Buffalo, NY for the 2018-19 MAAC Swimming Championships. The four-day event begins on Wednesday, February 13 at Burt Flickinger Center at Erie Community College.

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