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The College Report: Kim Kaller of New Providence Makes a Splash for Marist at MAAC Championships

John Manley

Saturday, February 23, 2013 • 8:52am

Marist's women won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference swimming crown in Buffalo, N.Y. last weekend, helped in part by Kim Kaller (New Providence, Jr.). She did her best work in the 1,650-yard freestyle, in which she finished sixth, timed in 17:35.39, the winner touching in 16:47.99. She was also good for ninth place in the freestyle at 1,000 yards (her 10:34.93 against a winning 10:05.21) and fifth in the 'B' final of the 500-yard freestyle (her 5:10.22 against a winning 5:05.98).

Fairfield's Cacky Keating (Chatham, Sr.) got eighth place in the 'B' final of both the 50-yard freestyle (her 25.67 against a winning 24.52) and the 100-yard butterfly (her 1:00.36 against a winning 57.96) at the MAAC.

Among the men at the MAAC, Fairfield's Kevin Greener (Chatham, Jr.) and Bryant's Brendan Miller-Radest (Chatham, Fr.) competed in the freestyle at both 1,000 and 1,650 yards. In the shorter race, Greener placed 10th (in 9:48.22), with Miller-Radest along in 13th place (9:51.73); the winning time there was 9:19.62. In the longer race, Greener was 12th to finish (in 16:38.55), while Miller-Radest placed 15th (16:46.41); the winning time was 15:26.35.

Denison's women's team won the North Coast Athletic Conference title last weekend by 50 points over Kenyon, a difference that Mary Cullen (Maplewood, Fr.) had something to do with. She swam in three freestyle races at varying distances, her best showing coming at 1,650 yards, where she finished seventh, timed in 17:32.05 in a race won in 16:49.21. She also got eighth place in the 'A' final at 500 yards (her 5:03.98 against a winning 4:54.89) and second place in the 'B' final at 200 yards (her 1:55.92 against the winner's 1:55.86). Cullen, who graduated from Villa Walsh Academy, accumulated 61.5 points for the Big Red.

Christopher Fleming (Short Hills, Sr.) and Christopher Delafuente (Westfield, Sr.) helped power Penn to first place in the Cavalier Invite in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend. Fleming got third place in the 'A' final of the 200-yard freestyle (his 1:41.38 to the winner's 1:40.62), sixth place in the 'A' final of the 50-yard freestyle (his 21.61 to the winner's 20.33) and shared first place in the 'B' final of the 100-yard freestyle, as a rival matched his 46.91 clocking. He also swam the third leg for Penn's 'A' team, winners of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Delafuente contributed sixth-place finishes in the 'A' finals of both the 100-yard breaststroke (his 59.93 to the winner's 55.41) and the 200-yard butterfly (his 1:57.46 to the winner's 1:51.67).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Kaylin Jaichon (Scotch Plains, Sr.) scored a career-high 14 points off the bench as Florida Tech fell, 89-76, to Lynn in Boca Raton, Fla. on Wednesday. Jaichon, who played high school ball at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High, cashed on five of six field goal attempts and four of six free throws. Four rebounds also went her way in her 17-minute stint.

"Kaylin has been playing well since practice last Friday," said John Reynolds, Tech's head coach. "She's waited four years for an opportunity. She showed a lot tonight. She did a great job." The loss leaves the Panthers at 18-7 overall and 8-5 in the Sunshine State Conference.

King's College got 12 points and seven rebounds from Lindsay Atchison (Green Village, Sr.) as they defeated DeSales, 80-70, in first-round action of the Freedom Conference tournament in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Wednesday. The Chatham High alum made three of eight field goal attempts and six of eight free throws. The Lady Monarchs (21-5) travel to Madison on Saturday for a 1 p.m. showdown with FDU-Florham for the Conference crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division 3 playoffs. The two teams have met twice this season with vastly different results. FDU won, 81-59, in Madison on Dec. 1, while King's reversed that outcome three weeks ago, winning, 66-45, at home.

Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Jr.) scored 15 points for Gettysburg, which advanced to the final round of the Centennial Conference tournament with a 56-43 win over Johns Hopkins on Friday in Gettysburg, Pa. The Chatham High grad accrued most of her output at the foul line, where she downed nine of 10 tosses. From the floor, she sank three of 14 shots. Otherwise, she added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals to her stat line. Gettysburg (20-6) next takes on Swarthmore on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Gettysburg.

Abigail Martin (Maplewood, Sr.) led Monmouth in rebounds with 10 in Wednesday's 72-45 loss to Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. The Columbia High grad also chipped in eight points, shooting 4-for-8 from the field. The Hawks are 12-13 overall and 9-5 in the Northeast Conference.

Ashley Morris (West Orange, Soph.) pumped in 14 points in a losing effort as Felician lost, 65-61, to Concordia in Bronxville, N.Y. on Tuesday. The West Orange High product made five of 11 shots from the field and four of five from the foul line. She also grabbed seven caroms. Felician is 7-18 overall and 7-11 in the CACC.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Patrick Sabatino (Westfield, Soph.) ruled the low post for Stevens Tech in Friday's 102-66 victory over Utica in first-round play of the Empire 8 tournament in Hoboken. The Westfield High grad pulled 20 rebounds off the boards and swatted four Utica shots. He also scored 11 points, making three of eight shots from the floor, including one of two from long range, and four of eight from the foul line. Teammate Russell Thompson (West Orange, Sr.) put 15 points on the board for the Ducks, hitting on five of his eight field goal attempts (three of five from three-point territory) and both of his free throws. The West Orange High product was also responsible for five assists. Stevens (22-4) plays Ithaca for the Conference championship at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Hoboken. The two teams traded wins on their own home courts earlier this season. Ithaca defeated St. John Fisher, 70-63, on Friday in Hoboken for the right to meet Stevens. Jordan Healey (Summit, Sr.) saw action in a reserve role for Ithaca, scoring one point.

Another double-double from Jack Cole (New Providence, Soph.), his ninth of the season, wasn't enough for Stonehill to stave off defeat by Southern New Hampshire, 71-65, in Easton, Mass. on Wednesday. The 6-8 low-post player out of New Providence High was co-high for the Skyhawks with 16 points, which he accumulated by sinking six of eight field goal attempts and four of six free throws. His 14 rebounds were a game high. Stonehill dropped to 11-13 overall and 7-13 in the New England-10.

Bloomfield defeated Wilmington (Del.), 84-78, at home on Thursday, benefiting from a 14-point performance by Kevin Udo (West Orange, Jr.). The 6-7 forward got six of his 11 field goal attempts to count, along with two of three foul shots. He also racked up a game-high four steals and seven rebounds for the Deacons (14-12, 12-6 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference).

MEN'S LACROSSE

Johns Hopkins' Rob Guida (Chatham, Jr.) picked up his first points of the season last Saturday as the fourth-ranked Blue Jays downed Towson, 12-6, just up the Beltway from Baltimore. Guida, a midfielder out of Chatham High, scored a goal and assisted on another as Hopkins ticked up to 2-0.

ICE HOCKEY

Rebecca Morse (Westfield, Jr.) of Providence College picked up her 15th assist of the season in the Friars' 5-2 loss to Boston College in a Tuesday home game. That knocked Providence down to 14-13-5.

TENNIS

Quentin Monaghan (Chatham, Fr.) moved up to second singles for Notre Dame, 4-3 winners over Michigan in South Bend, Ind. last Saturday. Monaghan, a Chatham High grad, needed three sets to dispose of Alex Petrone, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. The Fighting Irish were ranked 29th upon entering the match against No. 21 Michigan.

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