Saint Francis (PA) Women, NJIT Men Lead Highlander Invitational

NJIT Invitational

Courtesy: NJIT Athletics

NEWARK, N.J. — The NJIT men’s swimming and diving team completed its season-opening Highlander Invitational Saturday afternoon with a clean sweep of its dual meet matchups. The Highlanders defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 283-60, Manhattan College 268-83, and Saint Peter’s 181.50-157.50.

Three different Highlanders picked up victories for the Highlanders on Saturday. Mattheau Bonner won his first event of the year, taking the 100 Fly in 51.98. Joshua Franco‘s second win of the season came in the 100 Free (46.70) while Nicholas Lyons took his third race by winning the 200 Breast in 2:07.59.

“I am really proud of this team and how they finished this meet,” head coach Ron Farina said after the meet. “We had to battle with Saint Peter’s and they really stepped up in the clutch.  Nicholas Lyons won three races and our 100 Fly took three of the top five spots with the meet on the line. ”

100 Fly
Mattheau Bonner: 1st – 51.98
Edward Parks: 2nd – 52.19
Edward Madrigal: 4th – 52.80

200 Breast
Nicholas Lyons: 1st – 2:07.59
Matthew Bevan: 2nd – 2:09.80
Ricardo Vasconcellos: T-5th – 2:15.98

100 Free
Joshua Franco: 1st – 46.70
Edward Parks: 5th – 47.57

200 Back
Jake Nelms: 2nd – 1:57.12
Edward Madrigal: 4th – 2:00.30
Mitchell Malakhov: 5th – 2:00.66

400 IM
Matthew Bevan: 2nd – 4:20.09
Alon Lerner: 3rd – 4:20.23

200 Medley Relay
Edward Madrigal: 2nd – 1:35.73

400 Free Relay
Franco/Parks/Madrigal/Bonner: 2nd – 3:13.44
Malakhov/Lerner/Bevan/Pollock: 3rd – 3:18.04

1 Meter Diving
Cole Becker: 2nd – 191.05

500 Free
Jake Nelms: 3rd – 4:49.30
Daniel Jablonski: 4th – 4:50.06

Courtesy: St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics

NEWARK, NJ – The St. Francis College Brooklyn men’s swimming and diving team concluded the Highlander Invitational on Saturday. The Terriers were defeated in head-to-head action by Saint Peter’s, Manhattan, and NJIT.

St. Francis put up a good battle against the Jaspers but fell by a narrow margin of 174-172. The Peacocks topped the Terriers, 251.5-84.5, while the Highlanders edged the Terriers, 283-60.

Despite the final outcome, the Terriers had many great performances and they were highlighted by sophomore Alfred Christensson as he placed in the top five of all of his individual races. The sophomore competed in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard butterfly, 100-yard butterfly.

Freshman diver Matthew Bernstein also performed well at his first collegiate meet. He placed fourth in the men’s 1-meter diving event. He tallied a final score of 156.85 in the event.


  • Christensson took third-place in the 100-yard backstroke. The Swedish native posted a final time of 54.22.
  • The men’s 200-yard freestyle relay team came in fourth with Christensson, Steven Dawkins, Micah Wesselhoff, and Dorde Spasic posting a time of 1:29.70.
  • In the men’s 200-yard freestyle Dorde Spasic had a solid race with the time of 1:47.69. Spiro Goga also swam this event and finished with a time of 1:52.75.
  • For the 200-yard butterfly, Christensson finished in fourth-place with a time of 2:02.16. Daniel Olsson-Shirazi also competed in this event and posted a time of 2:14.47.
  • The Terriers had a trio of standout performances in the men’s 50-yard freestyle from Dorde Spasic, Micah Wesselhoff, and Andrej Sokolovski. Spasic posted a strong final time of 22.22. Wesselhoff completed his race with a time of 22.89, and not far behind, Sokolovski put up a time of 22.95.
  • In the 1000-yard freestyle, the Terriers had a fifth-place finish from Benedek Lendvai who posted a time of 10:15:80.
  • To finish off the meet the Terriers competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay and had a fourth-place finish from Micah Wesselhoff, Alfred Christensson, Benedek Lendvai, and Dorde Spasic. The quad relay posted a final time of 3:19.68.

The Terriers are back in action on Saturday, October 19, for the Iona dual meet in New Rochelle, NY.

Courtesy: Saint Peter’s Athletics

NEWARK, N.J. – The Saint Peter’s University men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams concluded the opening weekend at the Highlander Invitational on Saturday. Both the men and women defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Manhattan, to start the 2019-20 MAAC campaign 1-0. The men’s team also enjoyed more success, by topping St. Francis Brooklyn in the meet as well.

The Basics
Results: Men – St. Francis Brooklyn (W, 251.50-84.50), NJIT (L, 181.50-157.50), Manhattan (W, 240.00-108.00)
Results: Women – St. Francis University (L, 250.00-73.00), Manhattan (W, 172.00-161.00), LIU Brooklyn (L, 239.00-84.00)
Location: NJIT | Newark, N.J.

Top Performances

  • Junior Andrew Galarza had an impressive weekend, dominating the freestyle races with three top-two finishes. Galarza finished second in the 100 Free with a time of 47.03, second in the 200 Free with a time of 1:45.47, and first in the 500 Free with a time of 4:46.07.
  • An essential swimmer in the women’s’ performance was junior Marie Geck. She finished fourth in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:15.64, and fifth in the 500 Free and 1000 Free with times of 5:25.67 and 11:08.91 respectively.
  • Freshman Noah Berlin made his collegiate debut this weekend, with three top finishes. In the 1000 Free, he finished in fourth-place with a time of 10:08.66. He also finished fifth in the 500 Free with a time of 4:50.53 and tied for sixth in the 200 Free with a time of 1:47.69.
  • In addition to Galarza the men had two more top-five finishes in the 100 Yard Free. Jhonny Perez finished third with a time of 47.27, and Yann LE Gall finished fourth with a time of 47.53.

Up Next
Both teams will enjoy a roughly month-long respite before gearing up for a home dual meet against both Kean University and Manhattan on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Courtesy: Saint Francis (Pa.) Athletics

Newark, N.J. – The Saint Francis University Swim team finished up the second day of the Highlander Invitational on a high note. Saint Francis topped all three competitors; Saint Peter’s University 250.00 to 73.00, Manhattan College 263.00 to 68.00, and LIU 185.00 to 129.00.

On Day 1 of the Highlander Invitational, the Red Flash recorded some impressive times and 1st place finishes for a good start to the weekend.

Overview – The Saint Francis Swim team competed in day one against LIU, St. Peter’s University, and Manhattan College.

Senior Karilyn Quon (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol), sophomore Annabelle McCullough (Mercersburg, PA./James Buchanan High School), sophomore Chloe Clemens (Chesterfield, Va./Cosby High School), and junior Katelyn O’Conner (Torrance, Calif./South High)  swam a 1:39.77 to claim first place in the 200-yard Free Relay.

In the 100-yard backstroke a pair of SFU swimmers captured first and second places. Sophomore Amelia Laudenbach (Kambah, Australia/Trinity Christian School) placed first with a time of 59.88 and junior Urska Medvesek (Maribor, Slovenia/Gymnasium Maribor) was right behind in second with a time of 1:00.75.

Sophomore Annabelle McCullough (Mercersburg, PA./James Buchanan High School) swam a speedy 24.64 to get first in the 50-yard freestyle. Very close behind was O’Connor in second with a time of 24.93.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle SFU came in first and second.  Laudenbach claimed first with a time of 10:35.50. While junior Camille Nguyen (Mason, Ohio/Mason) claimed second with a time of 10:45.63.

The 400-yard medley team of Medvesek, senior Erin O’Neil, McCullough, and O’Connor showed out placing first in a time of 4:00.60.

The Swim team came out on top securing three wins on day two of the Highlander Invitational. It was a team effort, getting some big first place wins.

The 200-yard Medley team of Medvesek, O’Neil, McCullough, and sophomore Julia Bradford (Edinboro, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) came in first with a time of 1:50.33.

In the 400-yard IM Quon claimed 1st with a time of 4:38.05 to add to the successful weekend for the senior.

O’Connor took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a speedy time of 54.28 to as well add to her successful weekend in the pool.

Laudenback took the 200 yard backstroke with a first place finish in a time of 2:06.66.

McCullough captured first in the 100-yard Butterfly in a quick time of 57.78.

The 500-yard Freestyle winner was Nguyen with a time of 5:14.21.

Overall, a successful 3-win weekend for the Red Flash improving their record to 3-1 on the season. Next up for the SFU Red Flash will be another road trip, this time to Brooklyn, NY to take on LIU November 2nd.

Courtesy: LIU Brooklyn Athletics

NEWARK, N.J. – The LIU women’s swimming team beat two out of the three teams at the 2019 NJIT Invitational to take second at the two-day championship style meet. The Sharks beat both Saint Peter’s (239-84) and Manhattan (233-98) handily, while falling to perennial NEC foe Saint Francis U. narrowly, 185-129.

The LIU women’s swimming team had a dominating performance on the first night of the NJIT Invitational, swimming well against both local and Northeast Conference opponents. The Sharks had several top finishes on the night, led by junior Amanda Peren, who won two events.

Early on in the meet, LIU got itself in good standing, finishing second in the 200 free relay. The team of  Peren, Lydia Amon, Noemie Lacroix-Moreau and Kyleigh Barao came in with a time of 1:40.22

Other strong performances came from Jacqueline Grabowski, who came in third in the 100 back (1:01.48), and Jeanne Touchette-McGowan, who came in fourth in the 100 breast, in 1:10.64. But it was freshman Tara Cabiling who was the highlight of that race, as she won the event in a time of 1:08.09.

Peren then took first place in both the 200 free (1:56.47), and the 200 IM (2:09.71). Sophomore Amanda San Juan, who finished fourth in the 200 free behind Peren (in 2:00.38), then went on to win the 200 fly just four events later, in a time of 2:12.12.

The Sharks had other strong performances, as Lacroix-Moreau took third in 200 fly (2:13.37), Amon came in fourth in the 50 free (25.51), Barao finished fourth in the 200 IM (2:15.15), and sophomore Maja Uduc came in fourth in the 1000 free in 11:04.30.

The Sharks capped the night with the 400 medley relay, coming in second and fourth in the event. The squad of Peren, Cabiling, Lacroix-Moreau, and Amon hit the wall in 4:02.15, while Touchette-McGowan, Mackenzie Burnett, Grabowski and Reyna Iwamoto came in at 4:08.32.

LIU had several top-three finishes in the pool, led by a first place finish by Cabiling in the 200 breaststroke.

The Sharks started the night with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Peren, Cabiling, Grabowski and Amon touched the wall in 1:50.95. In the 200 IM, LIU had two top-five finishes, as Touchette-McGowan came in second (4:42.97), and Barao finished fourth (4:44.16).

Peren would add a second place finish to her list, as she hit the wall in the 200 backstroke in 2:09.90. And Lacroix-Moreau also had a second place finish, this time in the 100 butterfly, which she finished in 1:00.02.

In the final distance event of the night, the 500 free, LIU again had two top finishers: San Juan came in third in 5:18.68, while freshman Reyna Iwamoto came in right behind her in fourth, with a time of 5:19.45.

Cabiling had the top finish for LIU on the night, as she won the 200 breaststroke in 2:28.87, just ahead of teammate Touchette-McGowan, who came in second in 2:29.36.

The Sharks capped the event with a win in the 400 freestyle relay, as the team of Amon, Lacroix-Moreau, Touchette-McGowan and Peren hit the wall a full second before their nearest competitors, in 3:39.73.

Up next, the Sharks will take part in a double-dual meet at Stony Brook University, taking on the host Seawolves and Sacred Heart, Saturday, October 26.

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics

Newark, N.J. – Freshman Dillon Kadish (Hollywood, FL / Nova) made quite the entrance to Division I on day one of the Highlander Invitational hosted by NJIT, shattering the Manhattan school record for the three-meter dive with a score of 258.75.

Kadish’s record-breaking score also garnered the rookie standout first place in the three-meter event.

Sophomore Lexington Passamonte (Rochester, NY / Greece Athena) continued the success on the boards for the Jaspers, recording a first place finish with a score of 178.00 in the one-meter event.

On the swimming side, sophomore Branden Deiss (Benoni, South Africa / Crawford College Lonehill) won the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:52.51.

Another freshman also excelled in her first collegiate meet as Mackenzie Tuttle (Highland Mills, NY / Monroe-Woodbury) recorded a pair of top-three finishes, taking second in the 200 yard freestyle (1:59.32) and third in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:59.08).

Senior Timothy Valentine (Massapequa, NY / Chaminade) closed out the meet for Manhattan with a strong second-place showing in the 100 yard breaststroke, recording a marl of 59.32.

Earlier in the day, the men’s team was selected ninth in the MAAC Preseason Poll, while the women were slated 10th.

Kadish continued his strong weekend on at the NJIT Highlander Invitational to lead the way for the Manhattan Swimming & Diving teams.

One day after Kadish shattered the Manhattan school record for the three-meter dive, he also recorded a first-place finish in the one-meter dive with a score of 213.05.

Passamonte also was successful on the boards for the Jaspers, recording a first-place finish with a score of 209.65 in the three-meter dive.

Senior Matthew Broadmeadow (Seekonk, MA / Seekonk) capped the strong weekend for the drivers by taking third in the one-meter with a score of 174.90.

On the swimming side, Deiss recorded a second-place finish in 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.09.

Tuttle took second place in the 500 freestyle (5:18.28), closing her first collegiate meet with three top-three finishes.  Tuttle’s time of 5:18.28 set a school record.

Manhattan notched scores of 174 on the Men’s side and 161 on the Woman’s side.

The Jaspers return to action against local rival Fordham in the ‘Battle of the Bronx’ on Friday, October 18 at 7:00 pm.

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