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The College Report: Chatham’s Brittany Ross Swims to 3 ODAC Titles

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Chatham’s Brittany Ross Swims to 3 ODAC Titles
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Washington & Lee's Brittany Ross (Chatham, Soph.) won two butterfly races at last weekend's Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimming Championships in Christiansted, Virginia. On Saturday, she touched the wall first in the 100-yard race in 59.85, and then on Sunday she won the 200-yard version with a time of 2:12.20. Ross also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley, which she completed in 2:15.93 to the winner's 2:14.17. She also contributed to the Generals' victory in the 200-yard medley relay.

Last weekend's Landmark Conference Championships in Kings Point, N.Y. had something of a Westfield High reunion aura about them. Susquehanna was represented by Colin Sullivan (Westfield, Sr.) and Elaine Anderson (Westfield, Fr.), while Brittany Reyes (Scranton, Sr.) swam for Scranton, which won the women's championship, with Susquehanna pulling second. Sullivan and teammates got second place in the men's title chase behind the Merchant Marine Academy.

Sullivan had four victories – two individual and two relay – to his name. He was victorious in the breaststroke at 100 and 200 yards with winning times of 58.07 and 2:06.49, respectively. He also handled the second leg for the Crusaders' winning entry in the medley relay at both 200 and 400 yards.

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Anderson's best showing came in the 400-yard individual medley, in which she took second place. Her time of 4:54.09 was exceeded only by a teammate's 4:36.12. She also scored points in the 500-yard freestyle with her fifth-place finish. She touched the wall in 5:25.94, behind the winner's 5:07.09. Additionally, she got fourth place in the 200-yard butterfly, in which she was timed in 2:19.14. The winner made it home in 2:07.20.  

That latter race was one of three in which Reyes settled for runner-up honors. She parted the water in 2:17.73 there. She also got second place in both the 200-yard individual medley (her 2:17.86 to the winner's 2:09.60) and the 100-yard butterfly (her 1:00.25 to the winner's 59.44). Reyes did, however, contribute to two relay victories. She took the third leg in the medley relay at both 200 and 400 yards.

Michigan won both the men's 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays at the Ohio State Invitational last weekend with Kevin Wilson (Short Hills, Soph.) diving first into the pool. Wilson, a Seton Hall Prep alum, carved out a personal best split of 20.97 in the 200-yarder and did likewise in the longer race with his 45.54 split.

Penn's Becca James (Short Hills, Jr.) got second place in the women's 200-yard freestyle at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Maryland last weekend. James, an Oak Knoll grad, turned out a 1:55.01 clocking, which was bettered only by the winner's 1:54.81. Penn's Amanda King (Short Hills, Sr.) was third to finish the women's 200-yard butterfly. She got the distance in 2:09.77 in a race won in 2:01.27.

Penn's Christopher Delafuente (Westfield, Soph.) took third place in the men's 500-yard freestyle at the Terrapin. He touched the wall in 4:41.66, with the winner having done likewise in 4:31.29.

Princeton's Paul Nolle (New Providence, Fr.) earned second- and third-place finishes in his two events in last Friday's dual meet with Columbia in New York City. Nolle, a Delbarton grad, got second money in the 1,000-yard freestyle, his 9:39.86 exceeded only by the victor's 9:36.02. Later, Nolle reported home third in the 200-yard backstroke, with a 1:55.76 clocking in a race won in 1:52.38. Nolle scored seven points for the Tigers, who defeated the Lions, 174.5-125.5. 

MEN'S HOOPS

Colgate's Mike Venezia (Westfield, Jr.) flooded the net with a career-high 27 points to lead the Red Raiders to a 94-90 overtime win against Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Venezia, a 6-1 guard out of Westfield High, was back in the starting lineup for this game and he drained seven of 11 field goal attempts, including five of eight from long distance. He also visited the foul line 12 times, converting eight freebies. Eleven of Venezia's points came in the extra period. Colgate is now 7-19 overall and 4-7 in the Patriot League.

A career-high 23 points from Russell Thompson (West Orange, Soph.) enabled Stevens Tech to defeat Hartwick, 72-57, in Hoboken on Tuesday. Thompson, a 6-2 guard out of West Orange High, took all seven of his field goal attempts from outside the 3-point arc and he made six of those. He also slipped five of six free throws through the twine. Teammate Patrick Sabatino (Westfield, Fr.) didn't attempt a field goal, but scored five points nonetheless, all on free throws. The Ducks are now 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the Empire 8. A postgame interview with Thompson can be viewed at this link -- .

Elsewhere in the Empire 8, Jordan Marcus (West Orange, Soph.) poured in a game-high 21 points to lead Ithaca past Rochester Institute of Technology, 93-61, in Ithaca, N.Y. on Tuesday. Marcus, who prepped at Solomon Schechter, canned seven of 13 field goal attempts, including five of 11 from downtown, and two of two from the foul line. He also gathered five rebounds for the Bombers (18-5, 11-3 Empire 8).

Ryan Bacon (Maplewood, Sr.) of St. Peter's tallied a team-high 13 rebounds as the Peacocks knocked off Siena, 67-57, in Albany, N.Y. on Wednesday. Bacon, a 6-7 forward out of St. Benedict's, got eight of those boards off the offensive glass. He also scored nine points on 4-for-13 shooting from the floor and 1-for-2 from the justice line. He also blocked two Siena shots. The Peacocks are now 16-11 overall and 11-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference skirmishes.

Kevin Conroy (Chatham, Sr.) scored 28 points in a losing effort as King's College fell to Misericordia, 86-81, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The 6-5 forward out of Chatham High made 11 of 16 field goal attempts and six of 11 free throws. The Monarchs are now 14-10 overall and 6-7 in the Freedom Conference.

Middlebury's Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Fr.) scored 10 points in the Panthers' 69-56 victory over Hamilton at home on Monday. Kizel, a Millburn High grad, shot 2-for-6 from the field, including 1-for-3 from long range, and 5-for-6 from the foul line. He also assisted on three buckets as Middlebury improved to 21-1.

The College of New Jersey's Steve Siracusa (New Providence, Sr.) pulled down a game-high 12 caroms as the Lions suffered a 72-69 defeat to Rowan in Ewing on Wednesday. Siracusa also scored seven points on 3-for-9 shooting from the floor and 1-for-5 from the foul line. Teammate Dan Bucher (New Providence, Jr.) limited himself to high percentage shots and contributed eight points, hitting four of five attempts from the field, in 14 minutes of action. TCNJ fell to 4-21 overall and 0-13 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Steve Henderson (West Orange, Fr.) and Kevin Udo (West Orange, Fr.) scored nine points apiece to help Bloomfield to an 80-74 win over Caldwell on the loser's floor last night. Henderson stepped outside the 3-point arc for all seven of his field goal attempts, of which he made three. Udo knocked down two of three field goal attempts, but he was the kiss of death at the victim's line, where he made all five of his free throws. Udo also took down five rebounds and blocked three shots. The win improves the Deacons season mark to 16-8 overall and 13-3 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

WOMEN'S HOOPS  

 Montclair State faced New Jersey City twice this week, thanks to a game rescheduled in the wake of a winter storm. The Red Hawks ran off easy victories in both games, 67-31, in Jersey City on Monday, and 77-53, in Montclair on Wednesday, with Michelle Montagna (New Providence, Fr.) scoring eight points on both occasions. Montagna, a 5-2 guard out of New Providence High, deposited three of five field goal attempts (two of four from long range) through the rim on Monday and then flushed three of seven (two of five rainbows) on Wednesday. She also had three assists in the first victory and six distributions on Wednesday. Montclair is now 13-12 overall and 6-7 in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.

Monmouth's Abby Martin (Maplewood, Soph.) accounted for 10 points as the Hawks downed Fairleigh Dickinson, 67-48, in West Long Branch on Monday. Martin, a 5-10 guard out of Columbia High, drained five of 11 field goal attempts. She also retrieved five rebounds in just 16 minutes on the floor. Monmouth is now 17-8 overall and 9-5 in the Northeast Conference.

 Ashley Morris (West Orange, Fr.) came off the bench to pour in 10 points in just 12 minutes in Felician's 87-56 rout of Nyack on Tuesday in Rutherford. Morris, a 5-10 guard out of West Orange High, nailed five of 11 tries from close range, as well as one free throw. She also set up a pair of buckets. The Golden Falcons are now 17-6 overall and 11-5 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Emily Cristaldi (Summit, Fr.) was good for 12 points as Kean dropped Richard Stockton, 80-66, in Pomona on Wednesday. Cristaldi, a 5-6 guard out of Summit High, made five of nine field goal attempts, including her lone heave from Stockton's Seaview Resort, as well as one of two free throws. She also earned credit for three rebounds and two assists as the Cougars' season mark ticked upward to 22-3 overall and 12-1 in the NJAC.

Gettysburg's Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Fr.) saw 21 minutes of playing time in Wednesday's 53-50 loss to Dickinson in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Murphy, a 6-1 frontcourt player out of Chatham High, scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. The Bullets dropped to 18-6 overall and 13-6 in the Centennial Conference with the loss.

Middlebury got past Hamilton, 51-44, at home on Tuesday with Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, Soph.) adding eight points to the winning total. The Villa Walsh grad hit three of her nine field goal attempts and both of her free throws. The Panthers are now 15-8.

Marcy Williams (South Orange, Fr.) chipped in six points for New Jersey Institute of Technology, which lost to Houston Baptist, 51-46, on Thursday in the Lone Star State. Williams, a 5-9 guard out of Columbia High, connected on two of her six field goal attempts and both of her free throws. The loss dropped the Highlanders to 7-15.

SQUASH

Richard Keating (Short Hills, Soph.) won two matches as Bates defeated Bowdoin, 7-2, last Friday, and Colby, 9-0, last Saturday. Keating was slotted at the six position against Bowdoin's Rahul Madan Mohan, who took the Delbarton product to five games before relenting, 3-2 (11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-6). Keating then moved up to no. 5 to meet Colby's Daniel Lesser, whom he defeated, 3-1 (10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6).

Tony Zou (Short Hills, Soph.) split a pair of matches at the top spot for Columbia last Saturday. Zou, a Phillips Andover grad, handled Vassar's Jake Harris, 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-8), but came up short to Wesleyan's John Steele, 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-9). The Lions dusted Vassar, 9-0, and lost to Wesleyan, 5-4.

Saturday's match between Dartmouth and Middlebury provided some extra excitement for Pingry loyalists. Brian O'Toole (Short Hills, Jr.) met Will Moore (Summit, Fr.) in a match at the six slot, with O'Toole prevailing, 3-0 (11-7, 11-1, 11-9). Dartmouth was a 9-0 winner.

TRACK & FIELD

Stevens Tech's Mohamed Abuouf (Livingston, Sr.) won the men's 60-meter hurdles at the Collegiate Track Conference Championships in Middletown, Connecticut last Saturday. His winning time was 7.92.

 Also at the CTC was New Jersey Institute of Technology's Josh Dolisca (Maplewood, Sr.) who earned second place in the shot put and seventh place in the weight throw. Dolisca, who prepped at Oratory, unleashed a best throw of 49 feet, 9¼ inches in the shot put (topped only by the winner's 52-1¾) and a best of 47-7 in the weight throw (the winner threw 56-½). 

Bucknell's Rob Arent (New Providence, Jr.) broke the tape in the men's 60-meter hurdles at last Saturday's Bucknell Classic. He whistled home in 8.19. Bucknell's Charlie Murphy (Short Hills, Sr.) finished fifth in the men's 3,000 meters with a time of 15:36.41. The winner came in at 15:11.07.

Columbia's Mallory Anderson (Madison, Soph.) was runner-up in the women's mile at Saturday Night at the 168thStreet Armory in New York City. Her time of 4:56.12 was exceeded only by her teammate's 4:55.60. Farther back in 18thplace was Brown's Kat Grimes (Chatham, Fr.), who finished in 5:18.19. 

The University of Chicago's Kayla McDonald (Summit, Soph.) took third place in the women's 800 meters at the Chicagoland Championships in Naperville, Illinois last Saturday. McDonald, a Summit High product, cranked out a 2:21.88 clocking in a race won in 2:20.59.

Wake Forest's Scott McCullough (Chatham, Jr.) got third place in the men's high jump at last Saturday's Liberty Quad Meet at Liberty University in Virginia. He soared 6-2¼ inches on his best leap. The winner topped that at 6-4¼.

Princeton's Tyler Udland (Millburn, Fr.) ran seventh in the men's 3,000 meters in last Saturday's tri-meet with Yale and Harvard. Udland came in at the 8:30.95 mark in a race won in 8;11.07.

The women's mile at last weekend's Valentine Invitational in Boston drew 144 runners sent off in multiple divisions, with Middlebury's Erin Toner (New Providence, Sr.) running the 50thfastest time. The Pingry grad threw a 5:09.04 mile, with the winner stopping the teletimer in 4:37.04.

Dartmouth's Bridget End (Summit, Fr.) was sent off in the women's 3,000 meters at the Valentine meet and ran the 34thfastest time of the 103 finishers. She got in at 10:06.17; the winning time was 8:56.77.

MIT's Martha Gross (Short Hills, Jr.) game the Valentine 400 meters a shake and ran the 59thfastest time among the 102 runners in that event. She needed 1:01.26 to finish; the winner needed just 55.36.

Worth noting is that the Valentine was an all-comers affair that was open to both runners with college eligibility and those who'd previously graduated and used theirs up.

WRESTLING

Centenary's Tim Lutke (Chatham, Jr.) decisioned King's College's Peter Dwyer, 3-2, in a 197-pound match on Wednesday to help the Cyclones to a 41-5 victory over the Monarchs.  

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