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Raptor of the Week: Carmen Zimmitt

Monday, May 9, 2005

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown)

Junior Carmen Zimmitt turned in an outstanding performance at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 7, winning the triple jump and finishing second in the long jump with a pair of program-record performances. She beat her own long jump record with a 17-7.75 and tied the mark in the triple jump (35-1.25). She also ran a leg on the school record-setting 4x100 relay team (48.31), which finished second, and competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finishing fourth and third, respectively. This is the second Raptor of the Week honor this school year for Zimmitt, who also won the award for her play on the women’s basketball team Jan. 17.

SOFTBALL (33-6-1/12-3-1 NJAC)

Mon., May 2 William Paterson 1-1, Rutgers-Camden 0-1 (2nd game tie, 6 innings, darkness)

May 5-7 NJAC Championships at Rutgers-Camden

Thursday, May 5
Game 1: Rutgers-Camden (#1) 3, Rowan (#4) 0
Game 2: William Paterson (#2) 5, Ramapo (#3) 2

Friday, May 6
Game 3: Rowan 2, Ramapo 1
Game 4: Rutgers-Camden 4, William Paterson 3 (12 innings)
Game 5: William Paterson 3, Rowan 1

Saturday, May 7
Game 6: William Paterson 7, Rutgers-Camden 2
Game 7: William Paterson 1, Rutgers-Camden 0 (15 innings)


NCAA East Regional (at William Paterson University)

Friday, May 13
Game 1: #5 College of Staten Island (23-14-1) vs. #4 Ursinus College (35-8), 10 a.m.
Game 2: #3 William Paterson University (34-9-1) vs. No. 2 Manhattanville College (30-9), 12 p.m.
Game 3: #1 Rutgers University-Camden vs. Winner of Game 1, 2 p.m.
Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 14
Game 5: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3, 11 a.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Loser of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 15
Game 8: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7, TBA
Game 9: Winner of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 8, if necessary, TBA

Just when the Rutgers-Camden and William Paterson softball teams thought they were done with each other for the season, they both received word that they will be appearing in the same NCAA Softball Championship regional – a five-team event which will be held at William Paterson University beginning May 13.

That word came May 9, just two days after the longest game in the history of both programs, when the Pioneers edged the Lady Raptors, 1-0, in the bottom of the 15th inning to capture the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship. William Paterson sophomore third baseman Nicky Arias dove into first base to beat the play on an infield error as sophomore center fielder Brandi Kavaliauskas scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 15th inning.

The Pioneers, who earned their third NJAC championship, came back through the losers’ bracket after dropping a 4-3 12-inning game against Rutgers-Camden May 6. They also won the NJAC title in 2003 and 1999, battling out of the losers’ bracket in both of those championships as well.

The Pioneers forced the winner-take-all final game earlier in the day with a 7-2 win over the Lady Raptors.

The title game produced an epic pitchers’ duel between William Paterson junior Jenn Scott and Rutgers-Camden junior Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights). Scott earned the win with 15 shutout innings, allowing six hits and one intentional walk, while striking out a career-high 15 batters. At one point, she retired 23 straight batters from the fourth inning until a leadoff single in the 12th.

Schlichtig was outstanding as well, hurling five-hit ball over her 14-2/3 innings and allowing only one unearned run. She struck out 12 and walked seven, five intentionally.

Paterson finally broke the scoreless marathon in the 15th following a leadoff bunt single by Kavaliauskas. She was sacrificed to second by sophomore first baseman Liz Sisca, who drew four walks in the game, including three intentionally. Kavaliauskas moved to third on a ground out by sophomore second baseman April Sardinas-Wyssling, and the Raptors intentionally walked junior catcher Mindy Coxe. Arias followed with an infield chopper to shortstop which was bobbled just long enough to allow the William Paterson junior to dive safely into first base as Kavaliauskas scored the winning run.

Kavaliauskas went 3-for-5 in the game as the only Pioneer with multiple hits. For the Scarlet Raptors, senior shortstop Celeste Chinappi (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and freshman second baseman Jayme Feriod (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) each had two hits, including Feriod’s leadoff single in the top of the 12th inning which snapped Scott’s string of 23 straight outs.

In addition to being the longest game in Rutgers-Camden softball history (the previous mark of 12 innings was accomplished twice, including a 4-3 win over William Paterson May 6), the marathon contest allowed freshman first baseman Kathleen Dreitlein (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston) to set the program single-game record with 23 putouts (the old mark was 22 by Sarah O’Malley against Kean, Game 2 on April 24, 2002), and four Lady Raptors to tie the mark of six at bats in a game.

The contest also helped Schlichtig hike her season strikeout mark to 292, breaking her own mark of 284 set in 2004. She also tied O’Malley’s career record with her 57th start on the mound, and raised her own career record to 402 innings pitched, becoming the first Lady Raptor to top 400 innings.

The winner-take-all game was set up by William Paterson’s 7-2 victory in the first game of the day, as the Pioneers rode the combined pitching of freshman Diana Schraer and Scott. Schraer worked 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. She didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.

Scott hurled the final 1.2 innings of two-hit, shutout ball, collecting three strikeouts with no walks.

Paterson scored a pair of runs in the first inning, following a leadoff walk to Sisca. Sardinas-Wyssling reached on a fielder’s choice when she sacrificed pinch-runner Kathy Wehmann to second base. Coxe loaded the bases with a single, and Arias forced home a run when she was hit by a pitch. A second run scored on a ground out by sophomore shortstop Alicia Albert.

The Pioneers added a run in the third on a leadoff triple by Sardinas-Wyssling and a single by sophomore designated player Nicole French, and added a three-run fifth, aided by five consecutive hits. The biggest shot was a two-run double by Arias, who went 2-for-3 with one run and four RBIs in the opener.

Sardinas-Wyssling, Coxe, French and junior right fielder Danielle Patlen also collected two hits apiece for the Pioneers.

Rutgers-Camden scored its only runs in the sixth inning on a two-run double by sophomore right fielder Autumn Millett (Richwood, NJ/Clearview Regional), who went 3-for-3 in the game.

A day earlier, Millett sent William Paterson into the losers’ bracket when she ripped an RBI single with one out in the 12th inning to lift Rutgers-Camden over the Pioneers, 4-3.

Rutgers-Camden overcame a 3-1 deficit thanks to Schlidhtig’s bat and her penchant for working out of tight spots. She lined a two-run home run, her ninth of the season, to straightaway center field and helped the Scarlet Raptors forge a 3-3 tie in the fifth after William Paterson committed a leadoff error. In the pitcher’s circle, she held the Pioneers without a hit over the final six innings. Overall, she allowed nine hits and three runs while fanning 12 and walking five (four intentionally).

Offensively for the Scarlet Raptors, Schlichtig scored two runs and Chinappi had two hits.

William Paterson took a 2-0 lead after Sisca laced an RBI single in the first and cracked a solo homer, her 13th, in the third. She finished 2-for-3 with three intentional walks, setting the school single-season for free passes with 31. Kavaliauskas finished 2-for-6 and scored two runs.

In the Raptors’ NJAC Championship opener, Schlichtig hurled no-hit ball for 6-1/3 innings and settled with a one-hit shutout as Rutgers-Camden defeated fourth-seeded Rowan University, 3-0, May 5.

Schlichtig set a Rutgers-Camden single-season mark for victories by raising her record to 24-2, one more win than her former mark from 2004. She also tied her single-season shutout mark, set last year, with her 11th shutout in a game where she didn’t allow one ball to be hit out of the infield. The only hit she allowed came with one out in the seventh inning when the Profs’ senior left fielder Nicole Panikiewsky topped a ball down the first base line, barely out from the plate, and beat a throw to first by Raptor catcher Mo Baney (Deptford, NJ/Deptford). The only other Rowan runner to reach base was Panikiewsky on a fourth-inning infield error.

Schlichtig didn’t walk a batter and struck out 12.

Rowan junior Colleen Oswald took the loss, allowing three earned runs on two hits and two walks in four innings of work.

The Raptors scored the only runs of the game in the third inning, sparked by a leadoff walk from junior designated player Megan Rulon (Sewell, NJ/Clearview Regional). Rulon was replaced by freshman pinch-runner Kim Faust (Erial, NJ/Timber Creek), who advanced on a sacrifice by freshman left fielder Julie Grochowki (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown). A single by Dreitlein and a walk to Schlichtig loaded the bases. With two outs, Chinappi ripped a bases-clearing double off the center field fence.

Chinappi went 2-for-3 in the game.

The Lady Raptors closed their regular season at William Paterson May 2, dropping a 1-0 decision in the opener and playing to a 1-1 six-inning tie in a game called by darkness after six innings.

Rutgers-Camden stranded 11 runners as William Schraer hurled an eight-hit shutout. She worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and a first-and-third situation with two outs in the seventh to notch her seventh shutout, allowing eight hits and two walks. She also struck out two.

Schlichtig was the tough-luck losing pitcher, hurling a three-hitter, walking two and striking out 10.

The Pioneers scored the only run they needed in the second inning after sophomore shortstop Alicia Albert poked a one-out single and advanced when French was hit by a pitch. Albert scored on a single up the middle by senior left fielder Kelly Harchetts.

Schlichtig and Baney each went 2-for-4 for the Lady Raptors. Schlichtig’s two hits gave her 100 career hits at Rutgers-Camden.

In the nightcap, William Paterson grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning of a pitchers’ duel between the Raptors’ senior righty Becky Johnson (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional) and the Pioneers’ Scott. Sardinas-Wyssling reached on a wild pitch after striking out, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. She scored on a passed ball.

The Raptors tied the game in the fourth following a leadoff double by Schlichtig. She was sacrificed to third by Baney, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Johnson. It was Johnson’s fourth sacrifice fly of her career, tying the school record set by Tara Hrivnak (2001-03). It was the 96th career RBI for Johnson, the program’s all-time RBI leader.

Scott ended up with a two-hitter, walking one and striking out seven. Johnson allowed three hits and one walk, while fanning 10.

Paterson’s Sisca was the lone player with multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-2 and also drawing the lone walk off Johnson.

The Raptors’ two hits were doubles by Schlichtig and Johnson.

BASEBALL (28-11/10-6)

NJAC Baseball Championships (campus sites)

Wednesday, May 4
Game 1: Kean (#1) 8, Rutgers-Newark (#6) 0
Game 2: College of New Jersey (#2) 5, Montclair State (#3) 2
Game 3: Rowan (#3) 5, Rutgers-Camden (#4) 2

NJAC Baseball Championships at Campbell’s Field, Camden

Friday. May 6
Game 4: Montclair State 10, Rutgers-Newark 3
Game 5: Rutgers-Camden 6, Kean 5
Game 6: College of New Jersey 2, Rowan 0

Saturday, May 7
Game 7: Rowan 16, Kean 8
Game 8: Montclair State 5, Rutgers-Camden 1
Game 9: Rowan 7, The College of New Jersey 6

Sunday, May 8
Game 10: TCNJ 9, Montclair State 1
Game 11: TCNJ 6, Rowan 5 (10 innings)

The Scarlet Raptors ended their season with a 28-11 record after posting a 1-2 mark in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Baseball Championships May 4-7, but the victory was one of epic proportions.

Rutgers-Camden rallied from a 5-1 deficit, including three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun top-ranked Kean and previously-undefeated Mike Battista, 6-5, on May 6.

The Raptors’ season ended the next day with a 5-1 loss against Montclair State University. The Raptors opened the NJAC playoffs with a 5-2 defeat at Rowan University May 4.

Trailing, 5-3, entering the bottom of the ninth inning against Kean, the Scarlet Raptors rallied with three runs off Kean ace Battista, handing the senior righty his first loss in 10 decisions.

Junior third baseman Nick Faragasso (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) sparked the frame with a leadoff single. One out later, freshman second baseman Dean Straga (Sewell, NJ/Clearview Regional) had a single, and senior left fielder Ed McDonnell (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) added an RBI single to right field. With two outs, sophomore center fielder Nate Buchter (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) had an opposite-field RBI single to left field. Junior catcher Nick Turekian (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) capped the rally with a shot to the left-center field wall, scoring McDonnell from second with the winning run.

Battista hurled 8.2 innings, allowing 15 hits, six runs (five earned) and one walk, while striking out four. Rutgers-Camden junior Tom Ford (Laurel Springs, NJ/Paul VI) collected the win in relief, working seven strong innings of two-hit ball. He allowed one earned run and two walks, while striking out six, to raise his record to 4-3.

McDonnell sparked the Raptors’ attack with a 3-for-5 night and two RBIs, while junior shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon), Straga, sophomore first baseman Butch Amato (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI), Turekian and Faragasso each added two hits.

Kean scored four unearned runs in the second inning off Raptor freshman starter Andrew Lihotz (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast), aided by two errors and three hits, including RBI singles by senior second baseman Justin Della Volpe and senior third baseman Francisco Romero.

Della Volpe added an RBI walk in the fifth inning to help Kean take a 5-1 lead before Rutgers-Camden mounted a comeback, aided by Jakubowski’s two-run double in the seventh inning.

For Kean, senior left fielder Justin Nathanson went 2-for-4.

The NJAC playoffs started May 4 as the fourth-seeded Scarlet Raptors suffered a 5-2 loss at third-seeded Rowan. Freshman southpaw Ryan Kulik hurled 7-2/3 strong innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs for the Profs.

Kulik, who improved to 8-2 and avenged a 5-2 loss at Rutgers-Camden on April 8, hurled no-hit ball until Amato hit a leadoff single in the fifth inning. Kulik finished his night with no walks and five strikeouts during his 7-2/3 innings of five-hit ball.

Rowan gave Kulik the lead for good with a two-run third inning off Rutgers-Camden senior ace Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross), who suffered his first loss of the season. Ulmer, who was the winning pitcher in that April 8 game in Camden, worked seven innings, allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned) and no walks. He struck out three as he dropped to 6-1.

Rowan’s third inning started when junior left fielder James Comprelli was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a one-out single to right by freshman right fielder Frank Hasenauer. Comprelli scored on a single to right by junior second baseman Frank Galeota, and junior third baseman Matt Enuco followed with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Raptors cut the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning following the single by Amato. He was balked to second, advanced on a ground out and scored on a single to left by Turekian.

Rowan, however, came right back with two runs in its half of the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. The inning started with a single by senior shortstop Matt Johnson. He was sacrificed to second by Hasenauer and scored on a weird play when Galeota legged out an infield single to first base and the late throw toward a covering Ulmer was wild, kicking into foul territory and plating the run. Galeota scored on a double by Enuco.

Rutgers-Camden tallied another run in the sixth after a leadoff single by Straga and a single by Jakubowski. McDonnell erased Jakubowski on a fielder’s choice, and then got caught in a rundown as Straga scored from third.

Rowan tacked on its final run in the sixth inning on a dropped fly ball and a two-out RBI single by Comprelli.

Straga had a single and a double in four at bats, scoring one time.

After the big rally against Kean on May 6, the Raptors’ season came to an end May 7 as they were eliminated by Montclair State in a losers’ bracket game. Senior first baseman Tommy Warth drove in three runs and righthander Jay Cook tossed seven shutout innings for the Red Hawks.

Brian Butler and Danny Rodriguez each had three hits for Montclair State.

Junior third baseman Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) had two hits for the Scarlet Raptors (28-11), who dropped two of three meetings with Montclair State this season.

The Red Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Rodriguez singled to opening the inning and Butler followed with soft line drive to left for base hit. Both runners moved up on a balk and Rodriguez scored when Warth dumped a base hit the opposite way to left field.

Montclair State would add to the lead with three runs in the fifth as Kevin Cuozzi walked and Rodriguez drove a pitch through the right side putting runners at the corners. Butler then singled to left for a 2-0 MSU lead and after a fly out, Warth plated two more runs with a double to left center scoring Rodriguez and Butler for a four-run MSU cushion.

The rest was left to Cook, who defeated Rutgers-Camden for the second time this season. Cook allowed six hits and struck out six as he improved to 4-2 this season. He allowed leadoff double to senior DH Dustin Roach (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) to lead off the fifth, but retired the next three hitters to keep the game scoreless. Cook also allowed consecutive two-out singles in the seventh, but retired the final batter on a grounder.

MSU added one more run in the seventh as Rodriguez singled with one out and went to third on Butler’s third hit of the contest. Rodriguez then scored on a wild pitch to make the score, 5-0.

Rutgers-Camden got its run in the eighth as McDonnell tripled with one out and scored on an RBI ground out by Amato.

Jason Ronca (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) took the loss. Ronca (5-3) allowed five hits and four runs in four innings. He walked four and fanned one.

Rutgers-Camden ended its season with several career records as Ulmer set marks for wins (18) and innings (222-2/3), while Novella left with the most appearances (63) and saves (13) in program history. Ulmer also closed his four-year career with a sparkling 2.75 ERA, fourth on the career list and the best of all Rutgers-Camden pitchers in the aluminum bat era.

Also setting a career record was junior first baseman Matt Calloway (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional), who hiked his putout total to 791. He also tied Brian Murphy’s career mark of eight sacrifice flies.

Novella added a single-season record with nine saves, while Head Coach Keith Williams hiked his career total to 125 wins in a Rutgers-Camden uniform with his fourth winning season in five years. The 28-win season was second only to the program-record of 32 wins set in 2002 (32-10). Inkster also finished one assist shy of the single-season mark of 111, set last season by Jakubowski.

In the post-season NJAC all-star voting, Novella was named the conference’s Fireman of the Year, while Jakubowski was named to the All-NJAC First Team. Three other Raptors – Ulmer, Calloway and Straga – captured NJAC Honorable Mention.


Sat., May 7 at New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships (at Richard Stockton College)

Men: 1. The College of New Jersey, 209.5; 2. Richard Stockton College, 113; 3. Rowan University, 110; 4. Montclair State University, 79.5; 5. Kean University, 65; 6. William Paterson University, 20; 7. Ramapo College, 9; 8. Rutgers-Camden, 6.

Women: 1. The College of New Jersey, 2. Richard Stockton College, 3. Rutgers-Camden, 96; 4. Rowan University, 45.5; 5. Kean University, 35.5; 6. Ramapo College, 28; 7. William Paterson University, 24; 8. Montclair State University, 4.

Rutgers-Camden winners:
* Carmen Zimmitt, triple jump, 35-1.25

Rutgers-Camden School Records:
* Carmen Zimmitt, long jump, 17.75 (Old: 17-5.25 by Zimmitt, at Grizzly Classic, April 16, 2005)
* Carmen Zimmitt, triple jump, 35-1.25 (Ties record by Imani Hafiz at LVC Invitational, April 20, 2005)
* Joelle Diener, 5,000 meters, 19:14.58 (Old: 19:38.0 by Diener at Messiah Invitational, April 9, 2005)
* Women’s 4x100 (Carmen Zimmitt, Imani Hafiz, Tiffany Logan, Tameka Jackson), 48.31 (Old: 48.9, accomplished twice, the last time at the NJAC Championships, May 3, 2003)

Sat., May 19-21 at ECAC Championships (Springfield College)

Rutgers-Camden junior Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) set a school record in the long jump, tied another program mark in the triple jump, and was a member of the school record-setting 4x100 relay team to power the Lady Raptors to a third-place finish at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 7 in Pomona.

Lady Raptors senior All-American Tameka Jackson (Camden, NJ/Sterling) finished second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, anchored the second-place 4x100 relay team and earned honors as the Outstanding Female Track Athlete, while senior Joelle Diener (Rickenbach, Switzerland/Kantonsschule Olten) broke her own Rutgers-Camden record at 5,000 meters.

The Lady Raptors finished third out of eight schools with 96 points, earning Rutgers-Camden’s Joe Puleo honors as one of the Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year. He shared the honor with Richard Stockton’s Todd Curll, who led the Ospreys to a second-place finish.

The College of New Jersey won both titles, earning its 13th consecutive women’s NJAC crown with 216 points and its eighth straight men’s crown with 209.5 points.

The Rutgers-Camden men finished last out of eight schools with six points.

Zimmitt won the triple jump with a distance of 10.69 meters (35-1.25), tying the school record set by freshman Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) at the LVC Invitational April 20. She also broke her own record while finishing second in the long jump at 5.38 meters (17-7.75), passing the standard of 17-5.25 at the Grizzly Classic April 16.

Zimmitt also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash preliminaries (12.74) and the 100-meter dash finals (12.60), third in the 200-meter dash (26.25) and joined Jackson, Hafiz and senior Tiffany Logan (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) on the second-place 4x100 relay team, which set a school record with a 48.31 clocking. The old program record was 48.9, accomplished twice, most recently at the NJAC Championships May 3, 2003.

Jackson, in addition to anchoring the 4x100 relay team, also finished first in her preliminary heat for the 100-meter dash (12.44) and second in the 100-meter final (12.28). She also was second in the 200-meter dash (25.64).

Both Jackson, in the 100-meter dash, and the women’s 4x100 relay team were provisional national qualifiers.

Diener’s mark of 19:14.58 earned her a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters, and eclipsed the school record of 19:38.0 she set at the Messiah Invitational April 9.

Logan also finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.75), while Hafiz was fifth in both the 100-meter preliminaries (13.14) and finals (13.00), seventh in the 200-meter dash (27.36) and second in the triple jump (10.35 meters/33-11.5).

Junior Nafeesa Yusuff (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) finished fifth in the 100-meter preliminaries (13.68), earning a spot in the finals, where she placed seventh (13.53). She also was 10th in the 200-meter dash (28.22) and joined Logan, senior Sarah Roberts (Pittsgrove, NJ/Schalick) and junior Ashley Wright (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) on the fourth-place 4x400 team (4:34.93).

Wright also finished third in the long jump (5.01 M/16-5.25) and Logan was seventh in the long jump (4.54 M/14-10.75).

Roberts finished 10th overall in the Mixed 10,000-meter run (47:32.41), but was the third female runner, earning her all-conference honors.

The Lady Raptors also received a fourth-place showing in the discus (33.90 M/111-3) and a seventh-place finish in the shot put (10.19 M/33-5.25) from sophomore Donna Kirk (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township).

On the men’s side, the 4x100 relay team of senior co-captain Taiwan Lamb (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City), sophomore Yaw Karikari (Iselin, NJ/Elmwood Park Memorial), junior Tyrell McGraw (Hammonton, NJ/Edgewood) and junior Chris McGowan (Barrington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) finished fifth at 45.19.

Lamb also finished 10th in the 200-meter dash (24.42) and in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash (11.74), while Karikari was eighth in the 100-meter preliminaries (11.54) and McGraw was 15th in the 100-meter preliminaries (12.34).

Freshman Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) finished 12th in the 400-meter run (54.21), while senior co-captain Matt Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee) was fourth in the 400 intermediate hurdles (57.95). Freshman Michael McClain (Sewell, NJ/Bishop Eustace) finished 10th in the long jump (4.90 M/16-1).



Women’s Heavyweight 4+


1. American University, 9:05.10; 2. William and Mary, 9:06.0; 3. Rutgers-Camden, 9:07.0; 4. Catholic University, 9:08.0


1. Penn State, 9:00.50; 2. Catholic University, 9:05.10; 3. William and Mary, 9:07.40; 4. American University, 9:10.10; 5. Rutgers-Camden, 9:29.90; 6. Richard Stockton, 9:31.90.

Cox Renee Martin, Stroke Nicole Corl, 3 Laura Williams, 2 Monica Fleming, Bow Stephanie Jones

Women’s Freshman/Novice Heavyweight 8+


1. William and Mary, 8:34.40; 2. VCU, 8:44.90; 3. Virginia Tech, 8:50.00; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 9:17.80.

Cox Colin Oswald, Stroke Monica Fleming, 7 Laura Williams, 6 Kristin Szostak, 5 Traci Arnold, 4 Cynthia Burt, 3 Stephanie Jones, 2 Holly Shelly and Bow Mary Kate Pasquarello

Men’s 2-

1. Johns Hopkins, 8:31.30; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 8:52.90; 3. American Univ., 9:32.80.

Stroke Lou Gallagher and Bow Lance Carsillo

Men’s Freshman Novice 4+

1. Hopkins A, 8:17.1; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 8:20.2; 3. 3. Hopkins B, 8:42.0.

Cox BJ Ochal, Stroke Sean Kendall, 3 Lance Carsillo, 2 George Hall and Bow Justin Kapr


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

The Rutgers University-Camden women’s crew team qualified for the finals and finished fifth of six teams in the Women’s Heavyweight 4+ race as the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships May 7 in Occoquan, VA.

The Lady Raptors also finished fourth in their heat for the Women’s Freshman/Novice Heavyweight 8+ race, posting a time of 9:17.80. That boat included freshman stroke seat Monica Fleming (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), freshman 7 seat Laura Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ/Dunkin Ed, PA), junior 6 seat Kristin Szostak (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg), freshman 5 seat Traci Arnold (Pitman, NJ/Pitman), sophomore 4 seat Cynthia Burt (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford), sophomore 3 seat Stephanie Jones (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional), freshman 2 seat Holly Shelly (Erial, NJ/Timber Creek) and junior bow Mary Kate Pasquarello (Blackwood, NJ/Triton Regional). The coxswain was sophomore Colin Oswald (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown).

The Women’s Heavyweight 4+ boat finished third in its heat (9:07.00) to qualify for the finals, where Rutgers-Camden placed fifth (9:29.90). Members of the boat included sophomore coxswain Renee Martin (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), junior stroke seat Nicole Corl (Sewell, Gloucester Catholic), 3 seat Williams, 2 seat Fleming and bow Jones.

The men’s club team also raced a pair of boats, as juniors Chris Piligno (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and Lou Gallagher (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross) finished second in the Men’s 2- race with a time of 8:52.90.

The Men’s Freshman Novice 4+ team was fifth in its heat (9:14.70) and fourth in the Petite Final (9:09.70). The team consisted of sophomore coxswain B.J. Ochal (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), junior stroke seat Sean Kendall (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township), sophomore 3 seat Lance Carsillo (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken), junior 2 seat George Hall (Williamstown, NJ/Delsea) and sophomore bow Justin Kapr (Harpursville, NY/Harpursville).

The crew team returns to action May 13-14 at the Dad Vail Regattas on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

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