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Sports: TCNJ’S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAMS CONTINUE ACTION AT 2008 MET CHAMPIONSHIPS;

TCNJ SCHOOL RECORDS CONTINUE TO BE SHATTERED

Piscataway, NJ…The College of New Jersey’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued action on Saturday at the 2008 Metropolitan Conference Championships at Rutgers University’s Sonny A. Werblin Recreation Center. The three-day event will wrap on Sunday night. A year ago, TCNJ’s men’s team won the team crown, while the Lion women’s squad picked up the runner-up crown in the Division III competition.
TCNJ’s men’s team has posted 457 points to stand in 1st place in a field of 14 teams, while the Lion women have amassed 348 points and stand in second place overall in the 16-team field, topped by Division II Southern Connecticut State University. TCNJ’s women hold a lead in the race for the Division III championship.

Men’s Highlights
Senior Josh Forsman (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Memorial) added the fastest time in the trials of the 100 butterfly with an NCAA provisional effort of 50.34, just 0.21 off TCNJ’s school record. He would finish in second place in the race and broke TCNJ’s school record with his time of 49.90. He broke his own record set in 2007 that had stood at 50.07.
Freshman Joe Tseng (East Hanover, NJ/Hanover Park) competed for the Lions in the 400 IM and picked up a fourth place finish in 4:15.07 after entering the race seeded fourth with his trial performance.
Rookie Tom Medvecky (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) led the Lions in the 200 freestyle as the Lions had four competitors finish in the top eight. Medvecky picked up third in 1:42.76, an NCAA provisional time and just hundredth off TCNJ’s school mark. Junior Mike Heaney (Voorhees, NJ/Bishop Eustace) took home fourth in 1:43.52, while junior Mike Molloy (Toms River, N/Toms River East) added a fifth place finish in 1:43.61 and freshman Shawn Kircher (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) took home sixth in 1:43.78.
In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Myles O’Connor (Santa Monica, CA) posted a time of 56.98 to lead the Lions with his second place finish, while sophomore Eric Rohrs (Congers, NY/Clarkstown High North) picked up sixth in 1:00.40 and junior Ted Yoa (Ocean City, NJ/St. Augustine) took home seventh in 1:00.70.   
Competing in the 200 medley relay, the Lions won the event posting an NCAA automatic time 1: 32.35, two hundredths of a second off the Met record, while also bettering the Lions’ school mark in the race (1:32.48) set in 2004. Competing on the relay for the Lions were Nawrot, O’Connor, Forsman and Kircher.

Women’s Highlights
TCNJ’s senior Ava Kiss (North Brunswick, NJ/Stuart Country Day) opened the day with an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the trials of the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.00, just 0.22 off the program’s school mark (56.78), which she set in 2006. She would finish in second place with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 55.94, which did break her own school record.
In the 100 breaststroke, senior Lauren Pfeifer (Freehold, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) and rookie Katie Morgan (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) posted top five times in the trials as Pfeifer had a time of 1:06.93 to be seeded second and Morgan was fourth with her trial time of 1:08.21. Pfeifer broke TCNJ’s school record in the trials as she bettered the 2007 mark of 1:07.25 set by Emily Reichard. In the finals, Pfeifer finished in second place in 1:06.81, bettering her own mark from earlier in the day. Morgan picked up fifth in 1:08.14.
In the 400 IM, the Lions had three competitors advance to the championship finals as sophomore Stephanie Seto (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert), junior Brittany Collyer (Forked River, NJ/Lacey Township), and senior Stefanie Rashti (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) had strong efforts. In the finals, Collyer took fourth in 4:44.96, while Seto finished in seventh in 4:48.45, and Rashti picked up eighth in 4:53.86.
TCNJ’s rookie Margaret Molloy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) also had a strong showing in the 200 freestyle as did senior Kristin Udicious (Cherry Hill, NJ/Gloucester Catholic).  Molloy finished in fourth place in 1:56.89, while Udicious picked up seventh in 1:59.76.
Competing in the 200 medley relay, the Lions picked up second place in 1:49.03, an NCAA provisional time. Competing on the relay for the Lions were junior Stacy Delehanty (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional), Pfeifer, Kiss and rookie Michele Wilson (Millville, NJ/Millville). The lineup was seeded second after they posted a trial time of 1:49.82, just off the College’s mark in the event (1:48.42). 

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