October 31, 2018 The Signal page 23 O c t o b e r 3 1 , 2 0 1 8 T h e S i g n a l p a g e 2 3 Swimming and Diving
Lions splash into swim season Men emerge victorious against Montclair
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Left: Thayer backstrokes her way to second place. Right: Duff places first in the 200-meter medley. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer The men and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their seasons with a New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup against Montclair State University on Saturday, Oct. 26 at home in Packer Hall. The men’s team came away with a 162-112 victory, while the women’s team fell to 0-1 losing by a score of 168-126. The men’s team had a successful day highlighted by the 200-meter medley relay team of juniors Derek Kneisel and Harrison Yi and sophomores Andrew Duff and Andrew Thompson taking first place with a time of 1:38. Kneisel went on to win the 100-meter backstroke at
54.10 and the 100-meter butterfly at 54.50, and Yi later won the 1000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:15. Thompson won the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke at 1:59 for both races. Senior John Gregory won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.75 and senior Sam Maquet followed close behind Thompson in the 200-meter butterfly at 2:01. Sophomore Griffin Morgan was able to win three events, including the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley, clocking in at 1:46, 49.98 and 1:59 respectively. Despite losing the match overall, the women’s team had many individual victories. The 200-meter medley relay team placed second at 1:53 and was swam by senior Hailey Thayer, juniors
Team advances to NJAC playoffs
Annie Menninger and Kazia Moore and freshman Zoe Chan. Menninger placed first in the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:31 and was followed closely by sophomore Melanie Fosko at 5:32. Chan made a splash during her first collegiate meet, placing first in the 200-meter and 100-meter butterfly events at 2:12.41 and 59.57 respectively. Freshman Kori Jelinek also made her debut taking second in the 200meter butterfly with a time of 2:20 along with freshman Meagan Healey, who placed second in the 200-meter freestyle at 2:05.20. Sophomore Kelsey Ballard followed close behind Healey, finishing at 2:05.33. Coming up next for both the men’s and women’s teams is a divisional meet in Mahwah, New Jersey against Ramapo College on Saturday, Nov. 3.
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Curtis celebrates her collegiate achievements during senior night.
By Christine Houghton Staff Writer
The Lions collected a win against Rowan University, 2-1 on Oct. 24, securing their place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference semifinals. The Lions now advance to 11-1-1 overall. Scoring off a corner pass about halfway through the first half, Rowan had an early lead that only lasted late into the second half. The team’s defense held strong, holding Rowan to only three shots — Rowan’s single point was the only shot on goal. In the 68th minute, junior defenseman Jen McGrogan sent a long pass in toward the goal. Junior midfielder Joriam Rivera kicked it in for a game-tying point, earning her fourth career goal. Shortly after in the 87th minute, senior midfielder Arielle Curtis sent a pass to freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Butler for a goal just over the head of Rowan’s goalkeeper to put the Lions up
2-1. This was Curtis’ second career assist and Butler’s sixth career goal. Curtis, McGrogan, sophomore midfielder Faith Eichenour and sophomore forward Randi Smith led the charge against Rowan, dominating on both sides of the ball until the clock ran out. The team’s offense maintained intensity on its side of the ball with 14 shots, two of which were successful goals. Prior to the start of the game, Curtis, the team’s only senior, was acknowledged and celebrated as a part of senior night. Gold balloons spelling out “TCNJ” floated behind the team’s bench as the players fought through the first half and launched a crushing comeback late into the second. With this win, the Lions now advance into the playoffs as the top seed in rankings. Their first playoff game will be in Lion’s Stadium against Montclair State University on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m., as they compete for a spot in the NJAC finals.
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The 10/31/18 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey's student newspaper