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Raptor of the Week: Women's Frosh/Novice Eight Crew Team

Monday, April 18, 2005

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight crew team

The Rutgers-Camden Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight crew team made school history April 17 at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River, posting the first victory ever for the first-year varsity program. They won the Division III final in a time of 7:51.3. Members of the team were sophomore coxswain Renee Martin (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), junior stroke seat Nicole Corl (Sewell, Gloucester Catholic), freshman 7 seat Laura Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ/Dunkin Ed, PA), freshman 6 seat Monica Fleming (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), freshman 5 seat Traci Arnold (Pitman, NJ/Pitman), junior 4 seat Kristin Szostak (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg), sophomore 3 seat Stephanie Jones (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional), sophomore 2 seat Cynthia Burt (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford) and sophomore bow seat Jen Culligan (Willingboro, NJ/Holy Cross).

SOFTBALL (27-1/8-0 NJAC)
Tues., Apr. 12 Rutgers-Camden 2-4, Richard Stockton College 0-2 (second game 9 innings)
Sat., Apr. 16 Rutgers-Camden 5-2, Kean University 2-0

Tues., Apr. 19 Rowan University (doubleheader) 3 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 23 at Montclair State University (doubleheader) 1 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 25 Hunter College (doubleheader) 5:30 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 26 at The College of New Jersey (doubleheader) 3 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 28 Drew University (doubleheader) 6 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 30 at William Paterson University (doubleheader) 1 p.m.

The beat goes on for the Rutgers-Camden softball team, and the nation is taking notice. While the Lady Raptors were winning two more doubleheaders during the week, stretching their winning streak to 24 games, they rose to No. 5 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll, making them the first Top 5 team in school history. They had been ranked No. 7 in the previous bi-weekly poll after earning a No. 16 ranking in the pre-season poll.

Off the field, as well, junior pitcher Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) earned her fourth New Jersey Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honor and her third ECAC Div. III Metro Pitcher of the Week award.

On the field, the Raptors swept a pair of home NJAC doubleheaders, taking Richard Stockton, 2-0 and 4-2 in nine innings, and defeating Kean, 5-2 and 2-0. Those sweeps raised their amazing record to 27-1 overall and a conference-leading 8-0.

In the wins over Kean April 16, sophomore left fielder Tara Fisher (Upper Deerfield, NJ/Cumberland Regional) ripped a tie-breaking double in the first game and freshman left fielder Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) hit her first career home run to snap a scoreless deadlock in the second game.

Senior Becky Johnson (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional) posted the second-game shutout, tossing a four-hitter while walking one and striking out 10. She raised her record to 7-1.

Schlichtig hurled a three-hitter in the first game, walking none and striking out nine as she raised her career strikeout total to 485 – three shy of the program mark set by Sarah O’Malley (2001-03). Schlichtig improved her record to 20-0, with the only runs she allowed coming off solo home runs by Kean freshman shortstop Johanna Hedler to lead off the game and with two outs in the third inning. Those first-game home runs gave Hedler three round-trippers in two games after she hit one in the nightcap against New Jersey City University Thursday.

Rutgers-Camden countered Hedler’s first-inning home run with a solo shot by Schlichtig in the bottom of the first. It was Schlichtig’s seventh homer of the season.

After Kean took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on another Hedler homer, Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the bottom of the frame, sparked by the speed and baserunning of freshman second baseman Jayme Feriod (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro). Feriod opened the frame with a bunt single and was singled to second by senior shortstop Celeste Chinappi (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). Sophomore third baseman Alaina Giles (Willingboro, NJ/Holy Cross) sacrificed the runners along, setting the stage for a short sacrifice fly by Schlichtig, which was caught by Kean second baseman Kara Schultz backing up off the infield dirt. Feriod tagged and slid home barely ahead of the throw.

In the fourth inning, Johnson hit a leadoff double against Kean hurler Kristen Hennings. Following a walk to sophomore right fielder Autumn Millett (Richwood, NJ/Clearview Regional) and a popped up sacrifice attempt, Fisher lined an opposite-field double over the head of right fielder Leigh Greenberg to plate Johnson. Millett scored on a ground out by Feriod.

The Raptors scored their final run in the fifth on a walk to Schlichtig, a ground rule double by sophomore catcher Mo Baney (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) and a sacrifice fly by Millett.

Hennings finished with a seven-hitter, allowing three walks and five earned runs. She struck out two.

In addition to the Cougars’ Hedler, the only other player with two hits was the Raptors’ Baney.

In the nightcap, Johnson and Kean sophomore Kristin Lawrence were locked in a scoreless duel until Grochowski led off the fifth inning with her first career home run, a shot to center field. The Raptors’ other run came in the seventh inning when Grochowski opened with a bunt single, advanced on two ground outs and scored on a single by Giles.

Lawrence finished with a 10-hitter, walking one and allowing two earned runs. She struck out two.

For the Raptors, Millett went 3-for-3, while Grochowski was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Chinappi, who had three hits on the day to increase her school career record to 149, went 2-for-4 in the nightcap.

The Raptors ended the second game with a 6-4-3 double play, which was the sixth double play of the season for freshman first baseman Kathleen Dreitlein (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston), setting a single-season program mark.

In their first doubleheader of the week, the Lady Raptors pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth inning of the nightcap and held on to sweep Richard Stockton College, 2-0 and 4-2, in NJAC action April 12.

The Lady Raptors, batting as the visiting team in the second game of the conference doubleheader, scored the eventual winning run when Schlichtig doubled home Baney to open the ninth. Baney started the frame placed on second under the international tie-breaker rule. The Raptors added an insurance run when Johnson doubled home Schlichtig.

The ninth-inning outburst gave Schlichtig a pair of victories on the day. She worked 10.2 innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run and three walks, while striking out 13. She tossed her 10th shutout of the year (one behind the single-season mark she set in 2004). In raising her record to 19-0 this season, Schlichtig increased her school-record career mark to 42 wins, breaking the tie at 40 that she had with O’Malley.

Stockton saw senior ace Constance DeSalvo hurl a pair of complete games in taking both defeats. DeSalvo worked a total of 15 innings, allowing 13 hits and one walk, while fanning 12. Five of the runs she allowed were earned.

Schlichtig, who relieved Johnson on the mound with one out and the tying run on base in the sixth inning, worked out of that jam only to see the Ospreys tie the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh. Senior second baseman Mary Ann Busan opened the frame with an infield single and was replaced by pinch-runner Rianna Vanchure. Baney threw a strike down to first to pick Vanchure off the bag, but the Stockton runner headed for second and ended up circling the bases as the throw from first was errant and rolled all the way to the left field fence.

Both teams missed scoring opportunities with the tie-breaker rule in the eighth inning before the Raptors won it in the ninth.

In the opening game, Rutgers-Camden scored the only run Schlichtig needed in the fourth inning after Giles opened the frame reaching base as a hit batsman. She was erased on a fielder’s choice by Chinappi. Chinappi advanced to second on a single by Baney and scored on a double by Millett.

A leadoff single in the sixth by Chinappi and a two-out double by Johnson plated the other Raptor run.

Schlichtig allowed only one hit – a bunt single by sophomore center fielder Ashlei Fabrizio with one out in the third inning. She walked one and struck out 10 in her shutout performance.

Johnson and DeSalvo hooked up in another pitchers’ duel in the nightcap, with Johnson working the first 5-1/3 innings for Rutgers-Camden, allowing six hits, one earned run and no walks. She struck out three. She also helped her own cause with a game-tying home run in the second inning after Stockton scored in the first on three hits, including an RBI single by sophomore first baseman Lauren Walding.

The Raptors took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a double by Chinappi and an RBI single by Schlichtig before Stockton tied the game in the seventh.

BASEBALL (20-7/5-4)
Tues., Apr. 12 Gwynedd-Mercy College 20, Rutgers-Camden 6
Wed., Apr. 13 Rutgers-Camden 10, Delaware Valley College 6
Wed., Apr. 13 Rutgers-Camden 10, Eastern University 3
Fri., Apr. 15 Rutgers-Camden 4, The College of New Jersey 3 (10 innings)
Sat., Apr. 16 Rutgers-Camden 3-6, Kean University 9-5

Mon., Apr. 18 at Wesley College cancelled
Tues., Apr. 19 FDU-Florham 3:30 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 20 DeSales University 3:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 22 Richard Stockton College 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 23 William Paterson (DH) 11:30 a.m.
Tues., Apr. 26 Catholic University (DH – two 7-inn. games) 4:30 p.m.
Thur., Apr. 28 at Rowan University 3:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 29 at Richard Stockton College 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 30 Ramapo College (DH) 11:30 a.m.

The week started on a tough note for the Rutgers-Camden baseball team in a 20-6 loss at Gwynedd-Mercy College April 12, but the Scarlet Raptors went 4-1 the rest of the way, including a 2-for-3 weekend road performance against nationally-ranked New Jersey Athletic Conference teams, No. 14 The College of New Jersey and No. 17 Kean University.

Senior pitchers Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross) and Matt Novella (Lindenwold, NJ/Overbrook Regional) combined to beat a nationally-ranked team for the second consecutive Friday and senior right fielder Ed McDonnell (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) singled home the winning run with one out in the 10th inning as the Raptors edged No. 14 The College of New Jersey, 4-3, in 10 innings April 15.

For Ulmer, who worked nine innings to raise his record to 5-0, the victory was the 17th of his career, tying the long-standing program record set by Gar Miller (1957-60). Ulmer allowed 11 hits, three earned runs and four walks, while striking out four. He also raised his career mark to 201 innings pitched at Rutgers-Camden, four behind the program record of 205 by Mike Pizzutillo (2000-03).

Novella, meanwhile, worked out of a big jam in the bottom of the 10th inning, created by a leadoff error, as he earned his fifth save of the season and extended his program career records to 55 appearances and nine saves.

Ulmer and Novella also teamed up with a win and a save April 8 to post a 5-2 victory over Rowan University, which entered the game No. 1 nationally with a 16-0 record.

The Scarlet Raptors won the game in the 10th when junior shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) reached on a leadoff single and was sacrificed to second by junior first baseman Matt Calloway (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional). McDonnell singled to center to plate Jakubowski.

The Lions nearly tied the game in the bottom of the 10th against Novella when sophomore second baseman Andrew Cosgrove opened the frame by reaching second base on a dropped fly ball. After an infield single, a fielder’s choice and a pop out, junior third baseman Rich Kropp walked to load the bases with two outs. Novella ended the wild game by getting junior right fielder Chris Wilson on a grounder to first baseman Calloway.

The Lions scored a first-inning run off Ulmer when junior center fielder Charles Iacono singled, stole second and scored on a Wilson single, but the Raptors bounced back with a two-run second inning, aided by a pair of Lion errors. Sophomore center fielder Nate Buchter (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) had an RBI walk in the frame, while junior catcher Nick Turekian (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) added an RBI single.

Leading, 2-1, entering the seventh, the Raptors allowed the Lions four consecutive singles after the first batter was retired. Iacono sparked the rally with a base hit to left-center. Kropp and Wilson added singles to load the bases for sophomore catcher Gerard Haran, who plated two runs with a single to center.

The Lions nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Iacono reached base as a hit batsman and was sacrificed to second by Kropp. Wilson was intentionally walked and the Lions loaded by bases with a walk to Haran. Ulmer worked out of the jam with back-to-back swinging strikeouts, setting the stage for a wild 10th inning.

A day later, freshman left fielder Joe Midili (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) hit a run-scoring single to left to drive home sophomore third baseman Mike Morris (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) with one out in the top of the ninth inning to help the Scarlet Raptors post a 6-5 victory over Kean University in the second game of a conference doubleheader in Union. Kean, ranked No. 17 nationally, won the opening game, 9-3, behind the pitching of senior Mike Battista, who scattered 11 hits, walked one and struck out three in raising his record to 7-0.

In the opening game, the Raptors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when McDonnell hit a leadoff double to right, moved up on a ground out and scored on a single by Buchter, who went 4-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

The Raptors’ lead, however, was short-lived as Rutgers-Camden made four errors in the third inning, allowing Kean to plate three unearned runs. The Cougars tacked on six insurance runs over the middle innings to put the game away, capped by a four-run sixth inning.

Senior DH Kevin Wright, senior left fielder Justin Nathanson and senior second baseman Justin Della Volpe each had two hits for the Cougars, while sophomore center fielder Joe D’Andrea had two runs and two RBIs.

Sophomore starter Jason Ronca (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) took the loss, allowing five runs (only two earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings. Ronca (3-2) walked three and didn’t strike out a batter.

In the nightcap, Rutgers-Camden bounced back in the top of the ninth inning after Kean had tied the game in the eighth on a single by Wright. Morris started the winning rally with a one-out walk. Buchter followed with a potential double play ball which was mishandled, setting up Midili’s game-winning hit.

The Raptors collected three runs in the first inning on an RBI ground out Calloway and a two-run single by Morris.

The Raptors built a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh before Kean bounced back with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game.

Junior Tom Ford (Laurel Springs, NJ/Paul VI) went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned), six hits and no walks, while striking out two. Novella hurled the final 2.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk, as he raised his record to 4-1.

In a split non-conference doubleheader April 13 at Campbell’s Field, the Raptors defeated Delaware Valley College, 10-6, in a day game and took a 10-3 win over Eastern University at night. The day was full of milestones for several Scarlet Raptors, as freshmen Steven Sooy (Millville, NJ/Millville) and Andrew Lihotz (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast) earned their first career victories and freshman Brent Woods (Maple Shade, NJ/Camden Catholic) and sophomore Greg Galbraith (Westville, NJ/Gateway Regional).

In the opener against Delaware Valley, Sooy allowed six hits, three runs (one earned) and three walks in his first start as he won his first career decision at Rutgers-Camden. He struck out four.

Woods hurled the final three innings to earn his first career save, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and one walk, while striking out two.

After Delaware Valley scored unearned runs in the first two innings, Rutgers-Camden took the lead for good with a five-run bottom of the second, highlighted by a three-run home run from Calloway. Calloway, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the game, raised his career total to 130 hits, passing Josh Kastrava (1997-2000) for fifth place on the program’s all-time career hits list. He added hits 131 and 132 in the nightcap.

The Scarlet Raptors added three more runs in the third inning, sparked by a leadoff double from Buchter.

For the game, the Raptors’ 13-hit attack was paced by Calloway, junior shortstop Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon), senior catcher Dustin Roach (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), senior left fielder Jim Slade (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and McDonnell, who each collected two hits.

For Delaware Valley, sophomore right fielder Austin Rickrode went 3-for-5 with one run and two RBIs, while freshman first baseman Kyle Bobb went 2-for-2 with one run. Sophomore second baseman Bill Cahill and sophomore catcher John Blazusiak each went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Cahill also scored a run.

Making his first career start, southpaw Lihotz hurled no-hit ball until the fifth inning of the nightcap, when junior first baseman Chris Hoffman opened the frame by reaching on an error. Freshman catcher John Montague followed with a single to left, breaking up the no-hitter. Montague had been robbed his first time up on a sensational diving catch in left field by junior Evan Graham (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) in the third inning.

By the time Eastern collected a hit off Lihotz, the Raptors held a 4-0 lead, aided by a three-run fourth inning which featured RBI singles by Jakubowski, sophomore catcher Tom Terrill (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) and freshman second baseman Dean Straga (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Regional).

After the Scarlet Raptors took a 5-0 lead, Eastern cut the gap to 5-3 with a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, aided by a walk, a wild pitch, two errors and a double from junior pinch-hitter Ryan Patroni. Galbraith relieved Lihotz in a 5-3 game with the tying run at the plate and worked out of a jam. He went the rest of the way, hurling 2-2/3 innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out two in earning his first career save.

Lihotz finished his night with 6-1/3 innings pitched, three hits, three runs (two earned) and five walks. He struck out three in his first career decision.

The Raptors broke open the 5-3 game with a four-run seventh inning, aided by RBI singles from Terrill, Straga and Calloway, along with a sacrifice fly by Inkster.

For the game, Terrill went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Straga went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Calloway, Graham and Jakubowski each added two hits in the Raptors’ 15-hit attack off four Eagle pitchers.

The Raptors opened the week by watching Gwynedd-Mercy College rally for a 20-6 victory April 12 in a non-conference road game. Trailing, 5-3, entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Griffins rattled off 17 unanswered runs over the next four frames on their way to the victory which avenged a 5-2 loss at Rutgers-Camden March 22.

Gwynedd-Mercy ripped 19 hits off seven Raptor pitchers, led by sophomore right fielder Anthony Capella, who went 4-for-6 with four runs and five RBIs. Capella had a stolen base, a two-run double and a two-run home run for the Griffins, who took the lead for good at 7-5 with a four-run fourth inning.

In addition to the Griffins’ 19 hits, they also took advantage of five walks, seven hit batsmen and seven Rutgers-Camden errors.

For the Raptors, Roach went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. He also worked one-third of an inning on the mound, allowing one hit and no runs.

The Raptors also made news off the field. Ulmer was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Div. II/III Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 11, following his victory April 8 over previously-unbeaten and top-ranked Rowan University.

In the national polls, the Raptors fell from No. 26 to “Also Receiving Votes” after their 3-2 weekend in NJAC play April 8-10.


April 14 Wesley College Invitational (at Wild Quail Country Club, Wyoming, DE)

Team Scores: 1. Wesley College, 298; 2. New York University, 305; 3. Franklin & Marshall College, 311; 4. McDaniel College, 321; 5. Rutgers-Camden, 323; 6. Wesley College (Blue), 325; 7. The College of New Jersey, 326; 8. Richard Stockton College, 327; 9. Newport News Apprentice School, 342; 10. Ursinus College, 349. Did not score: Villa Julie College.

Medalist: Zac Oakley (Wesley), 72 (won on tiebreaker with Carson Crooms of Franklin & Marshall)
Rutgers-Camden medalist: Chris Binder, 78
Rutgers-Camden scores: Binder, 78, Brian Mason 80, Rob Burgess 81, Joe Zulli 84, John Goff 87.
Individual: Brian Baskin 83.

April 15 RU-Camden Scarlet Raptors Invitational (at Town & Country Golf Links, Woodstown, NJ)

Team scores: 1. Swarthmore College, 332; 2. Rutgers University-Camden, 341; 3. Wilmington College, 342; 4. Cabrini College, 344; 5. Richard Stockton College, 351; 6. Haverford College, 358; 7. Eastern University, 362; 8. Neumann College, 363. No scores: Gwynedd-Mercy College, Rutgers-Camden B.

Medalist: Alex Brown (Wilmington), 79.
Rutgers-Camden medalist: Chris Binder, 81
Rutgers-Camden scores: Binder 81, John Goff 85, Brian Mason 85, Joe Zulli 90, Rob Burgess 95. Rutgers-Camden B team: Brian Baskin 88, Mike Affannato 91, Spencer Moore 95.

Mon., April 18 Franklin & Marshall College Invitational 1 p.m.
(at Bent Creek Golf Course, Lancaster, PA)
Thurs., April 21 Widener University Invitational 1 p.m.
(at Edgemont Country Club, Newtown Square, PA)
Fri., April 22 Richard Stockton College Invitational 12 p.m.
(at Blue Heron Pines East, Absecon, NJ)

The Scarlet Raptors competed in two invitationals in two days, including their own Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors Invitational at the Town & Country Golf Links in Woodstown April 15.

The Swarthmore College golf team shot a 332, led by senior Matt Draper, as it captured the championship at the Rutgers University-Camden Scarlet Raptors Invitational.

Rutgers-Camden (341) finished second out of 10 teams, one stroke ahead of Wilmington College. Cabrini College (344) and Richard Stockton College (351) rounded out the top five.

Wilmington junior Alex Brown was the overall medalist, shooting a 79 on a windy day. Draper finished second with an 80 on a match of cards with Cabrini College senior Elliott Kohr.

For the Scarlet Raptors, junior Chris Binder (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood) paced the team effort with an 81, while juniors Brian Mason (Bridgeton, NJ/Bridgeton) and John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI) each shot an 85. Sophomore Joe Zulli (Bellmawr, NJ/Paul VI) carded a 90 for the Raptors, while sophomore Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) finished with a 95.

Rutgers-Camden also played three players on an incomplete B team, with senior Brian Baskin (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) shooting an 88, junior Mike Affannato (Washington Twp., NJ/St. Augustine) shooting a 91 and senior Spencer Moore (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) carding a 95.

In their opening event, Binder shot a team-leading 78 to lead the Scarlet Raptors at the Wesley Invitational April 14. The match was held at the Wild Quail Country Club in Wyoming, DE.

Rutgers-Camden finished with a team score of 323 to finish fifth in the 11-team field, which was won by Wesley College’s A team with a 298 score. Wesley’s Zac Oakley also was the individual medalist with a 72, winning a tiebreaker with Franklin & Marshall College’s Carson Crooms on a match of cards.

The remainder of the Rutgers-Camden team included Mason, who shot an 80, Burgess, who carded an 81, Zulli, with an 84, and Goff, who shot an 87. Competing as an individual was Baskin, with an 83.

Sat., April 9 at Grizzly Invitational (at Ursinus College)

Rutgers-Camden School Records:
* Carmen Zimmitt, long jump, 17-5 (Tied record set by Attor Kludze at Millersville Metrics, April 28, 2001)

Wed., April 20 at Lebanon Valley Invitational 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 28-30 at Penn Relays TBA
Sat., April 30 at Lions Invitational (The College of New Jersey) 10:30 a.m.

Junior Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) won the long jump competition with a Rutgers-Camden record-tying jump of 17-5 and finished second in the triple jump (33-5) as the Scarlet Raptors competed in the Grizzly Classic at Ursinus College April 16 in Collegeville, PA.

Zimmitt tied the long jump mark set by Attor Kludze at the Millersville Metrics, April 28, 2001.

There was no team scoring in the event.

Rutgers-Camden senior All-American Tameka Jackson (Camden, NJ/Sterling) finished third in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Jackson, who holds the school records in both the 100 (12.14) and 200 (25.02), ran a 12.88 and a 25.96, respectively, in her first meet of the spring.

The Lady Raptors also received a fourth-place finish in the triple jump by freshman Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) with a leap of 32-11.

Also for the women, senior Joelle Diener (Rickenbach, Switzerland/Kantonsschule Olten) finished 11th in both the 800-meter run (2:30.65) and the 1,500-meter run (5:08.31), while junior Nafeesa Yusuff (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) finished 15th at 100 meters (13.76) and 18th at 200 meters (28.03).

Senior Tiffany Logan (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township) finished eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles (17.33) and 12th in the long jump (14-2), while junior Ashley Wright (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) finished third in the long jump (15-11). Senior Sarah Roberts (Pittsgrove, NJ/Schalick) placed 16th at 5,000 meters (22:34.01) and freshman Jill Cardone (Erial, NJ/Timber Creek) was 26th in the javelin (69-11.5).

On the men’s side, freshman Patrick Eigbe (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) finished 29th at 200 meters (24.55) and 40th at 400 meters (58.56), while freshman Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) finished 34th at 400 meters (55.42).

Senior Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee) finished sixth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (59.29), and fellow senior captain Taiwan Lamb (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) was 10th in the long jump (19-0).

Raptor junior Chris McGowan (Barrington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) finished 36th at 800 meters (2:08.95) and freshman Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) was 20th in the long jump (16-6).

April 16-17 at Knecht Cup Regatta, Pennsauken, NJ

(April 16, 2005)

Women’s Varsity Four – DIII (Heat 1)
1. SUNY Geneseo A, 9:19.20; 2. Vassar B, 9:23.10; 3. Rutgers-Camden, 9:26.90; 4. New York University A, 9:34.00; 5. Washington College, 9:35.0; 6. Hofstra, 10:32.70.

Men’s Varsity Four Div. II/III (Heat 2)
1. Catholic, 8:46.00; 2. New York Maritime, 8:57.00; 3, Washington College B, 9:09.90; 4. USMMA, 9:15.30; 5. Rutgers-Camden, 9:39.10.

Men’s Frosh/Novice Four (Heat 5)
1. Pittsburgh, 8:28.40; 2. Maryland, 8:48.96; 3. Fairfield, 8:52.70; 4. Catholic, 9:16.50; 5. Rutgers-Camden, 10:07.20.

Women’s Frosh/Novice Four (Heat 4)
1. Lafayette A, 9:26.20; 2. Kansas B, 9:32.00; 3. St. Joseph’s, 10:01.10; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 10:55.30; 5. Iona A, 11:07.20; 6. St. Lawrence B, 11:18.10.

Men’s Varsity Pair (Heat 1)
1. Dowling B, 8:11.00; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 8:25.50; 3. Wichita State, 8:29.70; 4. Iona, 8:36.70; 5. Franklin & Marshall, 9:05.50; 6. Boston College, DNF.

Men’s Varsity Pair (Final)
1. Dowling B, 8:55.70; 2. Dusquesne, 9:18.60; 3. Lehigh, 9:33.50; 4. Wichita State, 9:45.40; 5. Iona, 9:49.50; 6. Rutgers-Camden, 10:11.60.

(April 17, 2005)

Women’s Varsity Four – DIII Finals
1. Vassar A, 8:05.2; 2. SUNY Geneseo A, 8:12.1; 3. Catholic, 8:17.9; 4. Richard Stockton, 8:30.4; 5. Vassar B, 8:31.0; 6. Rutgers-Camden, 8:32.8.

Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight – DIII Finals
1. Rutgers-Camden, 7:51.3; 2. Washington College, 7:54.6; 3. Johns Hopkins, 7:57.6; 4. New York Maritime, 8:37.6; 5. Vassar, DNF.

April 23 at Atlantic Collegiate League Sprints
(Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County, PA)

May 7 at Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships
(Occoquan, VA)

May 13-14 at Dad Vail Regatta
(Philadelphia, PA)

The Rutgers University-Camden women’s crew team made history last fall when it moved from a club program to a varsity team.

The Lady Raptors made school history on the water Sunday at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River. The Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight posted the first victory in Rutgers-Camden program history, winning the Division III final in a time of 7:51.3. Rutgers-Camden defeated second-place Washington College (7:54.6) and three other teams in its historic race. Members of the team were sophomore coxswain Renee Martin (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), junior stroke seat Nicole Corl (Sewell, Gloucester Catholic), freshman 7 seat Laura Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ/Dunkin Ed, PA), freshman 6 seat Monica Fleming (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), freshman 5 seat Traci Arnold (Pitman, NJ/Pitman), junior 4 seat Kristin Szostak (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg), sophomore 3 seat Stephanie Jones (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional), sophomore 2 seat Cynthia Burt (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford) and sophomore bow seat Jen Culligan (Willingboro, NJ/Holy Cross).

The Women’s Varsity Four, consisting of coxswain Martin, stroke Corl, 3 Williams, 2 Fleming and bow Arnold, also competed in Sunday’s finals, where it finished sixth in a time of 8:32.8. The team qualified for the finals on Saturday with a third-place finish in its heat with a time of 9:26.90.

In Saturday’s other action, the Women’s Frosh/Novice Four team finished fourth in its six-boat heat in a time of 10:55.30. Members of that team were Martin (coxswain), Szostak (stroke), Jones (3), and freshman 2 seat Holly Shelly (Erial, NJ/Timber Creek) and junior bow Mary Kate Pasquarello (Blackwood, NJ/Triton Regional).

The men’s club team also had a successful weekend at the Knecht Cup, as junior Chris Piligno (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and Lou Gallagher (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross) finished second in Saturday’s heat for the Men’s Varsity Pair in a time of 8:25.50 to qualify for the finals. They were sixth in the finals with a 10:11.60 clocking.

The men also competed in heats for the Men’s Varsity Four Div. II/III and the Men’s Frosh/Novice Four, finishing fifth in both heats.

The Men’s Varsity Four team, which posted a time of 9:39.10, consisted of sophomore coxswain Colin Oswald (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), stroke seat Gallagher, 3 seat Piligno, junior 2 seat Sean Kendall (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township) and sophomore bow Lance Carsillo (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken).

The Men’s Frosh/Novice Four posted a time of 10:07.20. The team included sophomore coxswain B.J. Ochal (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), stroke seat Kendall, 3 seat Carsillo, junior 2 seat George Hall (Williamstown, NJ/Delsea) and sophomore box Justin Kapr (Harpursville, NY/Harpursville).

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