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American University’s Sa’eed Nelson, left, gets past a group of Kansas State defenders to put up a shot during a game on Friday. Nelson is a St. Augustine Prep graduate. He finished with five points, four assists and three rebounds in American’s 83-45 loss.

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Iona College sophomore women’s swimmer Alyssa Chain broke a five-year-old program record on Saturday.

Chain, a 2016 Ocean City High School graduate, broke the 50-yard freestyle record, finishing in 26.85 seconds to win her race in the team’s 101.5-139.5 loss to Providence. The record was previously held by Theresa Harvey in 2012 (27.29).

Chain also was on the winning 400 medley relay (4:34.74) and was second in the 100 free (1:01.36).

On Friday, Chain won the 50 freestyle (24.57) and swam on the winning 200 free relay team (1:40.63) in a 171-100 win over Monmouth.

Courtney Middleton (Vineland) was on Bloomsburg’s second-place 200 medley relay and won the 100 butterfly (59.53) in a 133-70 win over Clarion on Friday.

Sarah Bennett (Vineland) swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:53.02) for FDU-Florham in a 90-77 win over Wilkes on Saturday. She also won the 100 butterfly (1:06.26) and 50 free (27.72).

Cayleigh McCusker (Holy Spirit) was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.02) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:29.34) for Rowan in a 184-51 win over William Paterson on Friday. Klaudia Rzotkiewicz (EHT) won the 1-meter dive (207.80) and took second in the 3-meter dive (190.40).

In Rowan’s 209-52 win over Rampo on Saturday, Bailey Howarth (EHT) finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.35) and second in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.65) and 200 individual medley (2:21.76). Also Saturday, Rzotkiewicz competed against West Chester in a diving competition and took second in the 1-meter (208.75) and 3-meter (184.80) dives. On Monday, Rzotkiewicz was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Diver of the Week.

Melanie Milam (Vineland) won the 200 backstroke (2:18.48) and the 200 free (2:07.98) for Stevenson in a 122-71 loss to King’s College on Saturday. She also swam on the winning 400 medley relay (4:16.86).

Daisey Ferraiuolo (Lacey) won the 200 free (2:18.49) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay (2:13.35) for William Paterson in a 103-73 win over Staten Island last Tuesday. Ashley Lawler (Mainland Regional) won the 1-meter (190.30) and 3-meter (189.40) dives. In a 184-51 loss to Rowan on Saturday, Ferraiuolo took second in the 1,000 freestyle (13:24.80) and third in the 500 (6:20.92).

Men’s swimming

Thomas Sykes (Middle Township) and Michael Illick (Middle Township) swam on FDU-Florham’s second-place 200-yard medley relay team in a 126-72 loss to Wilkes on Saturday. Zach Sykes (Middle Township) was second in the mile and third in the 500 freestyle, and Josh Atkins (Cumberland Regional) was on the second-place 200 freestyle relay.

Eric Feuerstein (Holy Spirit) was on Rowan’s winning 200 medley relay (1:41.68) in a 168-73 win over William Paterson on Friday. He also took second in the 200 individual medley (2:05.25). Steven Nguyen (Absegami) was second (11:06.80) and Dom Merighi (Vineland) third (11:10.90) in the 1,000 freestyle. Nguyen also took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.63).

In Rowan’s 186-76 win over Ramapo on Saturday, Feuerstein swam on the winning 200 medley relay (1:36.66), he and John Tepper (Atlantic County Institute of Technology) were on the wining 400 freestyle relay team (3:11.91). Feuerstein also won the 50 freestyle (21.48) and 200 freestyle (1:45.77). Tepper also won the 500 (4:50.06) and 1,000 (9:56.82) freestyles. Nguyen took third in the 100 backstroke (56.12).

Men’s basketball

Sa’eed Nelson (St. Augustine Prep) had five points, four assists and three rebounds in American’s 83-45 loss to Kansas State on Friday.

Justyn Mutts (St. Augustine) made his collegiate debut Friday, scoring six points with four rebounds in High Point’s 100-66 win over William & Mary.

Jahleem Montague (Atlantic City) had five points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his D-I debut for Longwood in a 74-61 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

Tyler Jones (Holy Spirit) had 10 points, five rebounds, three blocks and an assist in Maryland Eastern Shore’s 95-69 win over Valley Forge on Friday. He had seven points in a 96-43 loss on Sunday.

Junior Saintel (Holy Spirit) had two points, five rebounds and a steal in Stony Brook’s 76-61 loss to Maryland on Friday.

In Bloomsburg’s 94-55 win over Penn State Hazleton on Friday, Christian Mortellite (Hammonton) had 26 points, 10 rebounds and two steals, and younger brother Peyton Mortellite (Hammonton) had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Isiah Graves (Atlantic City) had three points, five assists and two rebounds in Goldey-Beacom’s 74-71 loss to Southern New Hampshire on Sunday.

Austin Kennedy (St. Augustine) had three points, two assists and a rebound in Long Island Post’s 78-67 loss to Wilmington on Saturday.

Peyton Wejnert (Southern Regional) had 13 points and four rebounds in Pace’s 83-78 loss to Bridgeport on Saturday. He had 15 points and six rebounds in an 87-84 loss to Post on Sunday.

Women’s basketball

Lauren Holden (Lower Cape May Regional) had 13 points in Fordham’s 55-46 win over Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday.

Kennedy Johnson (Wildwood Catholic) had two points and three rebounds in Michigan State’s 100-58 win over Robert Morris on Saturday.

Grace Sacco (Ocean City) had an assist in North Carolina Wilmington’s 73-64 win over UNC Pembroke on Sunday.

Dana DiRenzo (St. Joseph) had three rebounds in St. Francis Brooklyn’s 73-49 loss to St. John’s on Friday.

Jahniece Jaffe (Cedar Creek) had two points and three rebounds in Bloomfield’s 84-60 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday.

Destiny Thompson (Bridgeton) had 14 points and seven rebounds in Georgian Court’s 78-60 loss to Merrimack on Saturday. She had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a 76-74 loss to St. Rose on Sunday.

Casey Thomas (Cedar Creek) had eight points and seven rebounds in Holy Family’s 71-58 loss to Bentley on Friday. She had 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 56-47 loss to Franklin Pierce on Saturday.

Ayoola Oguntuase (Atlantic Christian) had 11 points and five rebounds in Jefferson’s 60-54 win over Queens on Saturday. She had two points and two rebounds in a 71-47 win over Molloy on Sunday.

Lexi Bruno (Millville) had 14 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in West Chester’s 97-84 win over Glenville State on Sunday.


Nicholas Racanelli (Southern) earned three wins at 165 for Wilkes at the NY/PA Duals in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. He won a 14-4 major decision in a 23-20 loss to Cortland, a 5-0 decision in a 34-6 loss to New York University and a 9-3 decision in a 38-6 win over Hunter.

Nigel Toussaint (EHT) finished fourth at heavyweight and Nate Ross (Absegami) second at 165 pounds for Gannon at the Mount Union Invitational on Saturday. Toussaint had a 7-4 decision in the fourth-place bout, and Ross had a pair of technical falls and a decision on the day.

Christopher Crane (Southern) went 1-2 at 133 for Kutztown at the 51st annual East Stroudsburg Open on Sunday. His lone win was an 11-3 major decision in the consolation bracket.

Peyton Blauvelt (Southern) advanced to the third-place bout at 184 where he lost a 9-5 decision for Johnson & Wales at the Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday.

Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands Regional) won a 9-7 decision for Stephens Institute of Technology at 165 in a 25-16 win over TCNJ on Saturday. Zach Wilhelm (Southern) won a 5-1 decision at 157.

Zachary Goranson (Millville) earned a 7-1 decision at 165 for Ursinus during the Fall Brawl on Saturday in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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