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The College Report: Madison’s Toth and New Providence’s Barletta Post Pool Victories for Lehigh

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Priscilla Barletta
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Chris Toth
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Lehigh’s swim teams split a dual meet with Army last Friday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The women outpointed Army, 158-142, while the men lost to the Cadets, 194-106. Chris Toth (Madison, Jr.) won two events and placed third in another for Lehigh’s men’s team. He won the freestyle at both 1,000 and 500 yards with winning times of 9:43.81 and 4:43.65, respectively. His third-place finish came in the 400-yard individual medley, which he completed in 4:14.75, while the winner was home in 4:06.61. Toth, out of Madison High, accounted for 21 of Lehigh’s 106 points.  

Priscilla Barletta (New Providence, Jr.), meanwhile, pulled out a victory and third- and fourth-place finishes. Barletta, a New Providence High grad, won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.06. She was later third in the freestyle at 100 yards, which she swam in 55.36 to the winner’s 54.71, and fourth in the butterfly at 100 yards (her 1:01.61 against a winning 58.46).

Clemson’s Chris Dart (Chatham, Jr.) won two individual events and swam a leg on one winning relay team as the Tigers met Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida last Saturday. Dart, a Chatham High grad, won the backstroke at both 100 and 200 yards. He finished the shorter version with a time of 49.87 and got the longer distance in 1:49.85. He led off for Clemson’s winning ‘A’ team in the 400-yard medley relay and was first into the pool for the Tigers’ ‘A’ squad in the 800-yard freestyle relay, in which they placed second. Florida State outpointed Clemson, 187-113.

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The University of Michigan enjoyed dual meet victories over both Eastern Michigan, 141-98, on Saturday and Purdue, 134.5-108.5, on Sunday. Kevin Wilson (Short Hills, Soph.) scored points for the Wolverines on both days in the 50-yard freestyle. He finished third in the EMU meet with a 21.20 clocking in a race won in 20.86. The same time was good for a share of fourth place against Purdue, although the winner stopped the teletimer at 20.65. Wilson, a Seton Hall Prep product, also dove into the pool for the 200-yard freestyle relay, anchoring Michigan’s winning ‘A’ team against Eastern Michigan.

Brittany Reyes (Westfield, Sr.) racked up a bountiful harvest of points to help Scranton defeat Catholic University, 116-89, in dual meet action last Saturday. Reyes, who prepped at Westfield High, took the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.59. She also took a spin in two relays, helping the Royals’ ‘A’ teams win the medley and freestyle relays, both at 200 yards. Scranton then met up with Rowan on Monday, and the Glassboro school came away with a 154-108 victory. Reyes swam the third leg for Scranton’s ‘A’ team in both the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle, winning both. She also had two third-place finishes: she swam the 100-yard freestyle in 58.55 to the winner’s 56.51, and she needed 1:05.20 in the 100-yard butterfly, which was won in 1:02.87. Julianne Furdyna (Livingston, Jr.) was in the pool for Rowan and scored points with second-place finishes in the freestyle at both 1,000 yards (her 11:18.50 against the winner’s 11:15.43) and 500 yards (her 5:34.09 against a winning 5:31.76), and a third-place finish in the freestyle at 200 yards (her 2:06.97 against a winning 2:01.89).

Jason Chen (Livingston, Sr.) won the 200-yard individual medley to help Binghamton defeat Niagara, 125-107, in a dual meet last Friday. Chen, a Livingston High alum, needed 1:55.47 to finish the race, more than six seconds better than the runner-up. Chen and his Bearcat teammates were less fortunate on Saturday, when they lost, 145-87, to Buffalo. Chen tried the 200-yard backstroke and got third place with a time of 1:53.65, with the winner in at 1:49.57. Chen did lead off for Binghamton’s ‘A’ team in their winning bid in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Susquehanna's Elaine Anderson (Westfield, Fr.) won the 200-yard freestyle in the Crusaders' dual meet with Marywood last Saturday. The winning time was 2:07.03. Anderson, a Westfield High grad, also got second place in the 200-yard butterfly, where her 2:24.93 was exceeded only by the winner's 2:15.60. Susquehanna was a 108-84 winner over Marywood.  

On the men's side, Susquehanna's Colin Sullivan (Westfield, Sr.) placed second in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:08.71 clocking (the winner came in at 2:03.95) and swam the second leg for the Crusaders' 'A' team in the 200-yard medley relay, which they won. Susquehanna won this meet, 110-61.

Bates’ Emily Tato (Chatham, Jr.) took second place in two freestyle races in a dual meet with Bowdoin last Saturday. Tato, a Chatham High grad, was runner-up to teammates at both 200 and 500 yards. In the shorter race, she finished in 2:03.41 against the winner’s 1:59.92; at 500, she got home at 5:27.52 in a race won in 5:23.95. Bates won the meet, 193-107.

Ben Halperin (Livingston, Jr.) of Washington University of St. Louis took 11thplace of 18 finishers in the 400-yard individual medley at his school’s Invitational meet last weekend. Halperin, a Livingston High grad, completed his laps in 4:34.82, while the winner got the job done in 4:11.78. That meant six points for the Bears, who took third place in the six-team field.

Meredith Smith (Westfield, Fr.) of the College of Charleston finished third in the 100-meter freestyle in last Saturday’s dual meet with UNC-Wilmington. She completed her laps in 1:01.74, with the winner in at 1:00.98. Smith, a Westfield High product, also was first into the pool for the Cougars’ ‘A’ team in the 200-meter freestyle relay, which they won. Wilmington, however, won the meet, 197-97.

Marist’s Kim Kaller (New Providence, Fr.) got second place in the 1,650-yard freestyle to help the Red Foxes defeat Southern Connecticut State, 166-129, last Saturday. Her time of 18:27.50 was bettered only by a teammate’s 18:19.75. Kaller, a New Providence High product, also took fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle, which she completed in 5:24.81; the winning time was 4:59.59. Teammate Darrell Ann Smith (Westfield, Jr.) tried the 200-yard breaststroke and got fifth place with a 2:41.97 clocking in a race won in 2:26.41.

 

WRESTLING

Delaware Valley's Jesse Harrington (New Providence, Sr.) won a pair of matches in Hoboken last Saturday. Harrington, the nation's top-ranked Division 3 wrestler at the 157-pound classification, began with a 16-8 major decision over Bridgewater State's Steven Ciaccio. He later defeated Stevens Tech's Leo Dormann, 3-1. Delaware Valley won both matches, defeating Bridgewater, 28-12, and Stevens, 25-15.

John Manganiello (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) of the Coast Guard Academy worked out a 4-2 victory in the heavyweight bout against Matthew Bubar of Southern Maine on Wednesday in New London, Connecticut. Southern Maine went home the victors, however, 22-19.

 

TRACK & FIELD

Middlebury's Erin Toner (New Providence, Sr.) won the women's mile at the Bowdoin Quad Meet in Maine on Saturday. Toner, a Pingry grad, broke the tape in 5:22.49 to nip a rival by less than one second. She also had enough in the tank to get third place at 3,000 meters. She finished in 10:52.32 in a race won in 10:36.68. Toner accounted for 16 of the 139 points scored by the Panthers, who got second place in the 4-team meet.

Stevens Tech’s Mohamed Abuouf (Livingston, Sr.) got sixth place in the 60-meter hurdles at the Gotham Cup, held at the 168thStreetArmory in New York City on Friday. After finishing second in his qualifying heat, with the ninth best prelim time (8.58), Abuouf advanced to the finals, where his 8.52 got him sixth place. The winner broke the tape at 8.00.

The next evening the same venue hosted Saturday Night at the Armory, which attracted 17 schools. Bucknell’s Rob Arent (New Providence, Jr.) was on hand and won the 400-meter dash with a 49.20 clocking. The New Providence High grad also got third-place points in the 60-meter hurdles. He actually finished fourth in his heat, but the second finisher ran unaffiliated. Arent was caught in 8.21 in a race won in 7.98. He also anchored Bucknell’s winning entry in the 4x400 relay. Teammate Charlie Murphy (Short Hills, Sr.) took a spin in the 3,000 meters and wound up 19thof 35 runners with a 8:57.75 clocking. The winning time was 8:23.08.

Kayla McDonald (Summit, Soph.) of the University of Chicago got second money at 800 meters in a dual meet with Wisconsin-Oshkosh last Saturday. McDonald, who prepped at Summit High, got home in 2:23.55, with the winner in at 2:22.68. Oshkosh defeated The Maroon, 82-79.

Georgetown's James Grimes (Chatham, Sr.) got fifth place in the 3,000 meters at last Friday's Hoya Spiked Shoe Invitational in Washington, D.C.  He made it around the boards in 8:29.20, whereas the winner finished in 8:22.90.

Tufts' Dan Kirschner (Short Hills, Soph.) finished fifth of 17 runners in the 1,000 meters at the Tufts Invitational in Medford, Massachusetts last Saturday. Kirschner, a Millburn High product, was along in 2:42.33; the winning time was 2:35.82.

           

MEN'S HOOPS

Mike Venezia (Westfield, Jr.) sank a pair of free throws with seven seconds left on the game clock to enable Colgate to defeat Dartmouth, 67-64, at home on Monday and snap a 4-game losing streak. Venezia, a 6-1 guard out of Westfield High, has battled injuries over the last two seasons, but he put his woes aside on Monday to knock down three of eight field goal attempts (one of five from downtown) and all four of his free throws. He was also good for three assists. Venezia then came back with 12 points on Wednesday to help the Red Raiders (3-15, 1-3 Patriot League) down Lehigh, 80-79, in Hamilton, N.Y. He shot 4-for-11 from the floor (2-for-6 from deep) and 2-for-2 from the foul line.

Amherst's Tom Killian (Summit, Fr.) scored eight points as the Lord Jeffs drowned Curry, 101-45, in a home game last night. Killian, a 6-5 forward out of Delbarton, drained three of eight shots from the field, including two of five from 3-point range. He also had four rebounds and blocked one shot. Amherst cruises along at 15-0

Kevin Conroy (Chatham, Sr.) posted a game-high 19 points as King's College defeated Misericordia, 84-72, in Dallas, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Conroy, a 6-5 forward out of Chatham High, connected on seven of 13 field goal attempts and five of nine free throws. He also brought down seven rebounds. King's improved to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in the Freedom Conference.

Montclair State enjoyed an 82-72 home victory over Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday as Tom Bonard (Westfield, Sr.) chipped in nine points for the winning side. Bonard, a 5-11 guard out of Westfield High, shot 3-for-5 from the floor (2-for-4 from outside the 3-point arc) and 1-for-2 from the foul line. Four assists were also credited to his account as the Red Hawks improved to 14-4 overall and 4-2 in New Jersey Athletic Conference play.

 

WOMEN'S HOOPS

Ithaca's Jane DeBiasse (Chatham, Sr.) scored a quick six points as the Bombers toyed with Elmira College, 79-51, in a Tuesday home game. DeBiasse, a 5-11 forward out of Chatham High, saw 12 minutes of action during which she knocked down two of the three rainbows she hoisted. Ithaca is now 10-5 overall and 6-0 in Empire 8 play.   

Kean's Emily Cristaldi (Summit, Fr.) contributed seven points as the Cougars rolled over Rutgers-Camden, 85-46, in Union on Wednesday. Cristaldi, a 5-6 guard out of Summit High, connected on three of six field goal attempts, including one of two 3-point tries. She also pulled off four steals. Kean is now 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the NJAC.

 

  

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