The College Report: Pontecorvo Sisters of New Providence Making Waves in Pennsy Pools

Credits: Marc Hagemeier
Credits: Marc Hagemeier
Credits: Susquehanna Athletic Communications

The Pontecorvo sisters have lately been making quite a splash in the pool. Bucknell's Kelly Pontecorvo (New Providence, Jr.) won freestyle events at 1,000 and 500 yards in a dual meet with Colgate last Saturday. She took the longer race with a time of 10:16.15 and got the 500 in 5:03.12. Teammate Stephanie Koziol (Summit, Soph.) was third in that latter race, finishing in 5:10.86. Koziol also got second place in the 200-yard butterfly, needing 2:10.08 to finish in a race won in 2:04.04. Despite these fine performances, Bucknell lost to Colgate, 161-139.

Bucknell atoned for that on Sunday with a 189-106 win over Army. Pontecorvo again won the freestyle at 1,000 yards, although she did so in a more leisurely 10:27.29. Koziol again settled for second place in the 200-yard butterfly (she finished in 2:10.53 to the winner 2:10.47), but later prevailed in the 500-yard freestyle, won in 5:11.35.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Susquehanna's Dana Pontecorvo (New Providence, Soph.) won one event and was runner-up in a pair as the Crusaders defeated Marywood, 192-70, on Saturday. Her win came in the 200-yard butterfly, which she completed in 2:24.38. She was second in the 200-yard breaststroke (her 2:45.80 against a winning 2:35.98) and in the 400-yard individual medley (her 5:01.52 against a winning 4:42.17).

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Kylie Bangs (Westfield, Soph.) and Lauren Brundage (Madison, Jr.) contributed to Ithaca College's tri-meet victories over SUNY-Fredonia, 152-148, and Nazareth, 211-87, in Fredonia, N.Y. on Saturday. Bangs was good for wins in the 100-yard backstroke (a winning time of 1:01.83) and in the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.69). Brundage finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (her 2:37.65 against a winning 2:34.91) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (her 1:13.06 against the winner's 1:11.21).

Both Connecticut College's men's and women's teams split decisions within the last week. The Camels' men defeated Southern Connecticut State, 160-102, on Sunday, only to lose, 182-105, to Keene State on Wednesday. The Camels' women similarly took care of SCSU, 152-139, but fell to Keene, 192-96. Loring Bowen (Summit, Fr.) contributed mightily to the men's win, taking two individual heats and contributing to one relay victory. He won the butterfly (timed in 1:56.93) and the backstroke (1:56.30), both at 200 yards. He also swam the third leg for the Camels' 'A' team, winners of the 200-yard medley relay. ConnColl's women got points from Jessica Cronin (Westfield, Fr.), who was second in the 200-yard backstroke (her 2:14.23 against a winning 2:12.74) and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (her 1:03.48 against a winning 1:01.69).

Against Keene, Bowen competed in three events at 200 yards. He was second in both the backstroke (his 2:00.72 against the winner's 1:56.58) and the butterfly (his 2:01.19 against a winning 2:00.42), and third in the freestyle (his 1:47.45 against the winner's 1:45.19). Cronin placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (her 2:17.51 against the winner's 2:15.27) and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (her 1:05.24 against the winner's 1:02.62).

South Carolina defeated Duke's men, 159-141, on Saturday, with Matt Navata (West Orange, Jr.) scoring first-place points in two events, along with a second-place finish. He was a winner in the 200-yard butterfly (timed in 1:53.99) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.36). He took second place in the 200-yard breaststroke (his 2:03.38 to the winner's 2:02.83.

Marist's Kim Kaller (New Providence, Jr.) finished second to a teammate in the 200-yard butterfly in a dual meet against Southern Connecticut State on Saturday. Her time of 2:21.25 was exceeded by the winner's 2:10.73. Marist defeated SCSU, 166-123.

Georgetown's Christina Daquila (New Providence, Sr.) finished third in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a recent tri-meet with American and James Madison. She completed the race in 17:57.38, with the winner in at 17:39.06.

Kelsey Wilson (Westfield, Jr.) of Rhodes College won two events as the Lynx defeated Birmingham Southern, 144-113, on Saturday. She took the 100-yard freestyle with a 54.75 clocking and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.64.

Evan Paulan (Westfield, Sr.) of The College of New Jersey had several in-the-money finishes in a recent tri-meet in Ewing against Johns Hopkins and West Chester. His best showing was a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, in which his 2:10.18 was bettered only by a teammate's 2:08.11. He also took third place in the 200-yard butterfly (his 1:58.21 against a winning 1:56.33), in the 100-yard breaststroke (his 58.81 against a winning 57.92) and in the 400-yard individual medley (his 4:14.00 against a winning 4:04.12).

Hannah Benn (Summit, Fr.) of Johns Hopkins earned second-place points against West Chester in a dual meet also held in Ewing on Sunday. She needed 1:02.73 to complete the 100-yard backstroke, which was won in 1:00.29. Teammate Kate Buchser (Chatham, Fr.) came out of the pool with fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly. Her time was 1:01.22 in a race won in 57.53. Every point counted as Hopkins edged West Chester, 168-164.

Penn State's Kyle Madley (Madison, Soph.) contested the butterfly at both 100 and 200 yards in a dual meet with Missouri State in Fayetteville, Ark. on Saturday. He got third place in the longer race, finishing in 1:53.62 to his winning teammate, who was out of the pool at 1:50.17. At 100 yards, Madley was fourth, finishing in 52:08 to the winner's 49.29. The Nittany Lions won by a score of 171-124.

John Feminella (Millburn, Sr.) of Trinity (Conn.) got third place in the 50-yard freestyle in a dual meet against Wheaton (Mass.) on Saturday. He touched the wall in 23.69, while the winner got in at 22.92. Wheaton defeated Trinity, 142-85.

Cornell's Henry Scott (Maplewood, Jr.) got third place in the 50-yard freestyle in a recent dual meet with Colgate. He was timed in 21.84 in a race won in 21.64. Cornell won, 152-112. Cornell's women took care of their Colgate counterparts, 159-141, with Kelsey Rossi (Scotch Plains, Jr.) contributing to the Big Red's winning 'A' team in the 400-yard freestyle relay; she swam the third leg. She also finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle, with a 54.69 clocking in a race won in 52.31.


Rebecca Morse (Westfield, Jr.) got an assist on the winning goal as Providence defeated Rensselaer Poly, 3-2, in Troy, N.Y. on Saturday. Morse, who plays defense, also had three blocks. The winning Friars are now 11-9-4.


Gettysburg's Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Jr.) needed only 25 minutes of floor time to manage a double-double in the Bullets' 64-35 thrashing of McDaniel in Westminster, Md. on Tuesday. Her game-high 15 points came on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor (she made her lone three-point attempt) and 4-for-4 at the foul line. Her 11 rebounds and three blocks were game highs, as well. Gettysburg is now 10-5 overall and 7-3 in the Centennial Conference.

Middlebury's Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, Sr.) scored a game-high 21 points in Tuesday's 71-62 loss to Colby-Sawyer in New London, N.H. She did most of her damage from outside the three-point arc, where she launched eight shots, five of which were good. Closer to the hoop, she made three of nine attempts. Her nine rebounds were high for the Panthers (8-7).

King's College had an easy time in Wednesday's 66-41 victory over Wilkes in their Wilkes-Barre, Pa. grudge match on Wednesday. Lindsay Atchison (Green Village, Sr.) treated the winning side to 13 points, nine of which came at the foul line. Otherwise, she was 2-for-7 from the floor, which might be explained away by the opposition actions that sent her to the line so frequently. King's is now 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the Freedom Conference.

Alyssa Polimeni (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) of Ursinus shot 50 percent across the board in Thursday's 67-52 road loss to Swarthmore. She scored 12 points, making four of eight shots from the field, including two of four from bonus land, and two of four from the foul line. The Bears fell to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the Centennial Conference.


Ken Rubenstein (South Orange, Sr.) has become quite the scoring machine for Montclair State. The backcourtman posted a team-high 23 points in Wednesday’s 88-77 home loss to Rowan. He shot 6-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-9 from outside the three-point arc, and 6-for-8 from the foul line. The Red Hawks fell to 5-11 overall and 2-8 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Double-double time for Bloomfield's Kevin Udo (West Orange, Jr.) in the Deacons' 69-68 home win over Dominican (N.Y.) on Tuesday. He threw 14 points through the twine, gathered on six of eight shooting from the floor and two of six from the foul line, and collected 15 caroms, a game high. His four rejections also led all players. Bloomfield is now 9-8 overall and 6-3 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. 

Jack Cole (New Providence, Soph.) led Stonehill in points (14), rebounds (8), assists (3) and blocked shots (3), but he can't do it all by himself as evidenced by Tuesday's 50-48 loss to Assumption in Easton, Mass. Cole shot 4-for-6 from the field and 6-for-8 from the foul line.

Yvon Raymond (Maplewood, Sr.) led all St. Peter's scorers with 15 points as the Peacocks lost, 66-54, to Rider in Jersey City on Thursday. He nailed four of nine field goal attempts and seven of eight free throws. His seven rebounds were also a team high for the Peacocks (6-11, 1-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).

The 16 points scored by Austin Little (Maplewood, Soph.) were a team high for Oberlin in Wednesday’s 67-56 loss to Kenyon in Gambier, Ohio. Little drained five of his eight field goal attempts, including four of five from deep, and both of his free throws. The Yeomen slipped to 4-11 overall and 2-4 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Tom Killian (Summit, Jr.) scored eight points to help Amherst defeat Wesleyan, 68-60, in a Tuesday home game. He clicked on three of eight shots from the field, including two of five from long range. The Lord Jeffs moved to 13-2 with the win.

Jordan Healey (Summit, Sr.) dished out a team-high six assists as Ithaca lost, 72-66, to Elmira on the road Tuesday. Healey added six rebounds and five points to his stat line. The Bombers slipped to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the Empire 8.

MIT's James Burke (Scotch Plains, Sr.) was good for 15 points as the Engineers defeated Babson, 69-64, in Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday. Burke found the mark on five of 11 field goal attempts (three of nine from the Cambridge Triangle) and two of four from the foul line. MIT raised its record to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

Stevens Tech ran its season mark to 12-1 with a 66-56 triumph over the Merchant marine Academy in Hoboken on Tuesday. Russ Thompson (West Orange, Sr.) chimed in with 14 points for the Ducks, shooting 5-for-8 from the field (1-for-3 from Benny Tudino's) and 3-for-3 from the foul line. Teammate Patrick Sabatino (Westfield, Soph.) ran into foul trouble along the way and was limited to 22 minutes; he scored eight points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 at the line. His seven rebounds led the Ducks.

Suffolk's Jake Meister (Madison, Soph.) got his first start of the season in the Rams' 87-84 loss to Emmanuel in Boston on Thursday. He spent 21 minutes on the floor, taking only one shot, which he made for two points. On Tuesday, he came off the bench to score six points in just eight minutes in a 95-76 road loss to Albertus Magnus. Meister clicked on 2-for-4 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line. He also garnered four rebounds. Suffolk, losers of their last seven games, is now 4-9.


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