The College of New Jersey junior Stephen Gibson (St. Augustine Prep) anchored the winning 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 35.12 seconds as the Lions beat Rowan 162-123 to win their fifth straight New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s swimming championship. The Lions improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
Gibson also won the 100 freestyle in 47.47 seconds. The Lions are ranked seventh in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll.
In a 151-111 victory over No. 6 Stevens Institute of Technology, Gibson was part of another 200 medley win in 1:57.11. He also placed second in the 100 freestyle (47.57) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:09.26).
Rowan freshman diver Jerry Johnson (Egg Harbor Township) placed second in the 1- and 3-meter diving contests in a 162-123 loss to TCNJ. Johnson recorded a 168.07 score in the 1-meter dive and 155.02 in the 3-meter dive.
For the fourth straight season, Seton Hall senior Ian Keyser (St. Augustine Prep) qualified for the Big East Championships in the 1650 freestyle (16:09.16), 500 freestyle (4:40.89), the 400 individual medley (4:10.33) and 200 backstroke (1:57.50) to be held in Indianapolis Feb. 28-March 2, 2013.
Women’s swimming and diving
Senior captain Holly Berenotto (Egg Harbor Township) won the 50-yard freestyle (24.21), the 100 freestyle (52.39) and the 200 freestyle (1:52.84) as East Carolina defeated Old Dominion University 190-107 and Campbell 197-95. The Lady Pirates improved to 7-1.
Rowan University senior Teresa Stearns (Holy Spirit) swam the third leg as the 400 freestyle relay won in 3:42.65. The Profs lost the meet 185-115 against TCNJ. Stearns was also part of the second place 200 medley relay (1:54.98).
College of Charleston freshman Megan Norton (Ocean City) recorded a career-best 1-meter dive score of 262.35 against the University of South Carolina. Her previous best was 260.75, which had earned her Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Diver of the Week honors.
TCNJ freshman Noelle DeLusant (Oakcrest) was third in the 200 butterfly in 2:23.82 as the Lions captured their fifth consecutive NJAC championships with a victory over Rowan 185-115.
University of the Sciences sophomore forward Garret Kerr (Middle Township) registered his 12th double-double of the season with 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 85-73 win over Felician College. Kerr recorded his second 30-point game of the season and fifth game with 28 points or more.
His 12 double-doubles tie him for the most in NCAA Division II. He was 11-for-17 shooting and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. Kerr also recorded two assists and two steals.
Kean University’s Mike Shaughnessy (Mainland Regional) had seven points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal in a loss to TCNJ.
Gwynedd-Mercy’s Frank Champion (Mainland Regional) scored 17 points and added six rebounds in a victory over Rosemont College. The Griffins improved to 8-2 in the Colonial State Athletic Conference.
Bentley University’s Jate Chesul (Holy Spirit) scored five points in a 72-65 loss to Adelphi University.
Matt Whitworth (Ocean City) had three points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 18 minutes played in a 75-64 win over Rutgers-Camden. Whitworth added 13 points in a 74-64 win over William Paterson.
Rutgers-Camden sophomore guard Loretta Kelly (Wildwood) scored the game-winning layup at the buzzer in a 72-71 victory over John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Kelly finished with six points, three assists and three steals as the Scarlet Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak. In a 70-41 win over Rowan, Kelly had a game- and career-high six assists.
Rowan junior forward Megan Russ (Middle Township) totaled seven points and rebounds apiece in a 70-41 loss to Rutgers-Camden.
Bria Hill (Atlantic City) added six rebounds. In a 81-55 loss to William Paterson, Hill scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Russ contributed a career-high 10 points.
Gettysburg College freshman Emily Duggan (Ocean City) provided six points and four rebounds in a 55-54 win over Swarthmore College. Duggan was 3-for-4 from the floor.