TCNJ has impressive first day
Tarnowski sets new program-record in the 200-IM for the Lions
EWING, N.J. -- The College of New Jersey opened TCNJ' Invitational in impressive fashion on Friday night in Packer Hall's aquatic center.
The Lions (5-0) racked up 439 points through the first day of events, putting them atop the leader board. They also received a number of standout individual performances in a short list of events. Bridgeport currently ranks second with 252 points followed by US Merchant Marine Academy at 192.
Sophomore Stephen Tarnowski held the 400-yard individual medley entering Friday and now owns the 200-IM program record as well. Tarnowski bested the competition with a time of 1:51.62 to break the record that was set by Liam Gallagher (1:52.78) in 2008. Tarnowski's time was also an NCAA provisional.
In that same event, junior Evan Paulan placed second with a finish of 1:54.97 and freshman Aleksander Burzynksi took third in 1:55.80
TCNJ didn't waste time piling up points as they placed first in the opening relay event, winning the 200-free relay with a time of 1:36.08. Junior Adam Schneider, senior Jesse Taylor, sophomore Phillip Hawley, and senior Ryan Clark posted an NCAA B-cut time in the race.
Schneider registered a B-cut time in the 50-free placing second in the race. He finished in 20.54, which threatened his own school record time of 20.42.
Junior Michael Caputo also posted an NCAA provisional with a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle event. Caputo touched the wall in 4:37.15.
In the 1- and 3-meter diving events, senior T.J. Burns collected a pair of second-place finishes. He tallied scores of 470.10 in the 3-meter and 314.80 in the 1-meter.
The institutions competing in the invitational include TCNJ, Randolph Macon College, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, C.W. Post, and the University of Bridgeport.