The College Report: Matt Navata of West Orange Leads South Carolina to Pool Victory
Sunday, January 22, 2012 • 7:44am
South Carolina's Matt Navata (West Orange, Fr.) swam to victory in two races in a tri-meet with Duke and Queens (N.C.) in Columbia, S.C. last Saturday. He got home first in both the butterfly and individual medley at the distance of 200 yards. He also earned points for the Gamecocks with a third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. His winning times were 1:51.10 (butterfly) and 1:52.89 (medley). He got the backstroke in 1:52.67 in a race on in 1:49.50. South Carolina registered victories over Duke, 170-130, and Queens, 222-66.
Marist's Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, Fr.) was first to touch the wall in the women's 200-yard backstroke in Saturday's dual meet with Southern Connecticut State in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She recorded a winning time of 2:15.45. Earlier, she finished third in the 200-yard butterfly, with a 2:16.87 clocking to the winner's 2:15.44. She also swam the second leg on the Red Foxes 'B' team, winners of the 200-yard medley relay. Teammate Kim Kaller (New Providence, Soph.) got fifth place in the 100-yard freestyle, which she swam in 57.98. The winner finished in 54.09. Marist left the pool 178-117 winners.
Ithaca's women traveled to Fredonia, N.Y. on Saturday to defeat Nazareth, 175-123, and Fredonia State, 170-129. Kylie Bangs (Westfield, Fr.) produced victories for Ithaca in the backstroke at both 100 and 200 yards. Her winning times were 59.95 and 2:11.65, respectively. She also got second place in the 200-yard individual medley (her 2:17.60 against a winning 2:14.04). Teammate Lauren Brundage (Madison, Soph.) placed fourth in the breaststroke at both 100 and 200 yards. She completed the shorter assignment in 1:14.34 to the winner's 1:09.13, with the longer race resulting in her time of 2:37.46 to the winner's 2:31.12.
Dana Pontecorvo (New Providence, Fr.) helped Susquehanna to victory in last Friday's dual meet at home with Messiah by winning the women's 500-yard freestyle. She won the race with a time of 5:31.67. She also got second place in the 400-yard individual medley, which she finished in 4:54.80 to the winner's 4:48.63. She also swam the second leg for the Crusaders' 'B' team, winners of the 400-yard medley relay. The next day, Susquehanna traveled to Scranton, Pa., where they splashed past Marywood, 123-92. Pontecorvo was victorious in the 1,000-yard freestyle, which she swam in 11:12.79.
Susquehanna's men's team also posted wins over Messiah, 137-68, and Marywood, 131-53. Nicholas Boyle (Westfield, Fr.) aided the winning cause by earning points against Messiah in the 100-yard breaststroke, in which he finished fourth. His time was 1:11.66, with the winner in at 1:03.89. He also had a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (his 50.92 against the winner's 47.90) and a third in the freestyle at 50 yards (his 23.28 against the winner's 20.67) against Marywood.
Two wins by Chris Dart (Chatham, Sr.) weren't enough to put Clemson over the top in Monday's dual meet with North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., won by the Tar Heels, 178-118. Dart won the 100-yard backstroke (in 49.85) and the 200-yard backstroke (in 1:49.86).
Union College's women's team edged Rensselaer Poly, 119-118, in Troy, N.Y. last Friday. Union's Anne Trojanowski (Chatham, Fr.) won the freestyle at both 1,650 yards (18:02.17) and 500 yards (5:19.93).
Brittany Ross (Chatham, Jr.) won the 200-yard butterfly to help Washington & Lee to a 148-101 victory over Bridgewater College in dual meet action last Saturday. She stopped the clock in 2:32.18.
Sarah Miller (Madison, Sr.) of Wheaton College finished second in the women's 500-yard freestyle in last Friday's tri-meet with Clark and Mount Holyoke. Her time of 5:40.07 was eclipsed only by the winner's 5:37.10. Wheaton outpointed Clark, 135-106, but lost to Mount Holyoke, 126-110.
Mark Hansen (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) of the Air Force Academy worked out third-place finishes in Saturday's 180-120 dual meet loss to Brigham Young. He contested the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 1:57.43 to the winner's 1:54.71, and was similarly placed in the 200-yard individual medley, which he needed 2:02.20 to finish, with the winner in at 1:56.47.
The Maryland duo of Kyle Madley (Madison, Fr.) and Matt Meserole (Westfield, Soph.) got third and fourth places, respectively, in Saturday's dual meet with Pittsburgh in the latter's pool. Madley finished in 51.98, with Meserole along in 52.70, in a race won in 48.72. Pitt won the team competition, 193.5-159.5.
Middlebury's Mike Oster (Westfield, Soph.) was third to finish in Saturday's 100-yard freestyle in a dual meet with Hamilton in Middlebury, Vt. He needed 49.69 to finish a race that was won in 48.82. The Panthers defeated Hamilton, 167-65.
Ramapo's Amanda Wilson (Summit, Fr.) took third place in the 100-yard butterfly in Saturday's dual meet with East Stroudsburg in the Poconos. She got the distance in 1:06.51, with the winner having checked in at the 1:03.00 mark. East Stroudsburg won the meet, 121-82.
The College of New Jersey's men's team profited from second-place finishes by Evan Paulan (Westfield, Jr.) to outscore host West Chester in Saturday's tri-meet with that rival and Johns Hopkins. He was runner-up in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly. He swam the longer event in 4:17.09, which was exactly two seconds behind the winner, and knocked off the butterfly in 2:03.11, which the winner took in 1:57.14. The Lions outscored West Chester, 188-180, but were on the short side to Hopkins, 253-97.
Johns Hopkins' women won the distaff version of the tri-meet, 251-107, over TCNJ and 215-149 over West Chester. Casey Navin (Madison, Jr.) got fourth place in the 400-yard individual medley (her 4:47.19 against the winner's 4:37.57), while Hannah Benn (Summit, Fr.) had a similar outcome in the 100-yard backstroke (her 1:00.71 against a winning 59.52).
Dartmouth's women defeated Vermont, 193-107, in Burlington, Vt. on Sunday, with Rebecca Butler (West Orange, Fr.) scoring second-place points in two events for the Big Green. She trailed only the winner in both the 200-yard butterfly (her 2:10.54 against a winning 2:08.03) and the 400-yard individual medley (her 4:34.54 against a winning 4:33.96).
The women of Dickinson College outpointed their counterparts from McDaniel, 125-70, at Dickinson on Saturday, with Caroline Brennan (Madison, Fr.) earning points from a second- and third-place finish. She got second in the 200-yard freestyle (her 2:05.35 against a winning 2:04.34) and was third in the 100-yard butterfly (her 1:05.48 against a winning 1:04.16).
Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) placed second in two races to help Rutgers to a 155-83 victory over Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. on Sunday. She got second money in both the 200-yard butterfly (her 2:06.48 against the winner's 2:05.38) and the 500-yard freestyle (her 5:14.50 against the winner's 5:06.08). Bucknell's Kelly Pontecorvo (New Providence, Soph.) was first to finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, with a 10:17.75 clocking.
The previous day, Bucknell traveled to West Point, N.Y., where they defeated Army, 198-97. Pontecorvo racked up victories in the 1,000 freestyle (which she swam in 10:32.45) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:08.13).
Boston University's Ryan Dowd (Livingston, Sr.) pinned Sacred Heart's Joe Harris at 2:18 of their 125-pound match in Springfield, Mass. last Saturday. Dowd's victory helped the Terriers to a 32-18 team win.
Franklin & Marshall's Matt Fullowan (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) split four matches in the 174-pound bracket at Saturday's Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Classic in Millersville, Pa. After a first-round bye, he lost, 10-5, to Pittsburgh's Nick Bonaccorsi. Slotted then in the wrestleback bracket, he began with 6-3 decisions over both Army's Robert Doyle and Bloomsburg's Jason Laboranti. Fullowan then missed out on making the third-place match by suffering a 5-4 loss to Penn State's Andrew Church.
Chris Mazzocchi (Madison, Soph.), of King's College, wrestling at 149 pounds, earned a 6-3 decision over Lycoming's Pat Reynolds in a dual meet in Williamsport, Pa. last Saturday. Lycoming won the meet, 22-15.
Andy Charles (West Orange, Soph.) poured in a career-high 22 points to lead Centenary to an 82-76 overtime win against Baptist Bible in Hackettstown on Monday. Charles, a 6-4 forward out of Montclair High, was perfect from the foul line, sinking all eight of his free attempts. He also shot 6-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-6 from 3-point territory. He also disrupted the opposing offense, pulling off six steals and blocking four shots. The Cyclones (8-9, 4-6 Colonial States Athletic Conference) followed with an 80-65 win over Marywood in Scranton on Wednesday. Charles contributed 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting (2-for-4 from Steamtown) and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Once again, he proved a spoiler on defense, making off with four thefts and rejecting four shots.
Kevin Philemon (West Orange, Fr.) managed a career-high 15 points in just 15 minutes of floor time as Rutgers-Newark lost, 92-76, to Ramapo in Mahwah on Wednesday. The 6-2 guard out of Bloomfield Tech was awarded eight free throws, of which he converted seven. He also shot 4-for-7 from the floor. The Scarlet Raiders dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Soph.) scored 18 points as Middlebury romped over Castleton State, 97-71, at home on Tuesday. Kizel had a 6-for-10 night from the floor, including 2-for-2 from downtown, plus 4-for-4 from the foul line. He also had three assists as the Panthers, the top-ranked team in Division 3, ran their record to 15-0.
Kevin Udo (West Orange, Soph.) took down 11 rebounds (co-high for the game) as Bloomfield College defeated Caldwell, 86-61, at home on Wednesday. Udo also scored six points (on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor), as did teammate Steve Henderson (West Orange, Soph.). Henderson got his on two of six launches from long range. That's 11 wins in a row now for the Deacons (14-5, 8-1 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference).
Mike Venezia (Westfield, Sr.) scored a team-high 16 points in Colgate's 91-75 loss to Army in West Point, N.Y. on Wednesday. He nailed seven of 11 field goal attempts (two of three from the Parade Grounds) and assisted on four buckets. The Raiders fell to 5-13 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League.
Yvon Raymond (Maplewood, Jr.) scored nine points and assisted on four buckets in St. Peter's 75-63 loss to Fairfield in Jersey City on Thursday. Raymond notched four of seven field goal attempts and one of four free throws. The Peacocks fell to 4-15 overall and 3-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Femi Agunbiade (Maplewood, Soph.) came off the bench to chip in seven points, while hauling down five rebounds and blocking two shots, as William Paterson disposed of Baruch, 72-58, in Wayne on Monday. The Columbia High grad shot 3-for-6 from the floor and made his only free throw. The 18th-ranked Pioneers are now 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the NJAC.
Lafayette's Rob Delaney (Westfield, Sr.) had a team-high seven rebounds from the backcourt in the Leopards' 54-43 road win over Holy Cross on Thursday. Delaney chipped in three points in a defensive struggle that saw both teams shoot 33 percent from the floor. Lafayette improved to 8-11 overall and 3-1 against Patriot League rivals.
Chenae Earle (South Orange, Jr.) had six points and seven rebounds for Emmanuel College in Wednesday's 66-43 road thrashing of Anna Maria College. Earle, a Columbia High alum, shot 3-for-6 from the field. She also earned two assists and managed two steals. The Saints are 11-4 overall and 5-0 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
Caroline Murphy (Chatham, Soph.) tallied 11 points for Gettysburg, 73-51 winners over McDaniel at home on Tuesday. Four of her six field goal attempts were on the mark, as were three of four free throws. Six rebounds also found their way into her clutches. The Bullets evened their season mark at 8-8 and are 6-5 in the Centennial Conference.
Lindsay Atchison (Green Village, Jr.) brought down a team-high nine rebounds as King's knocked off cross-city rival Wilkes, 68-47, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Wednesday. The Lady Monarchs are now 13-3 overall and 5-0 in Freedom Conference action.
Tracy Borsinger (Chatham, Jr.) accounted for 12 points to help Middlebury defeat Colby-Sawyer, 95-90, in overtime at home on Tuesday. Borsinger had a 5-for-10 shooting game, including 2-for-4 from long range. Three rebounds fell her way and she meted out three assists as the Panthers improved to 4-10.