The Kings Point men's basketball team was blistering from the floor on Monday, Nov. 26, downing the Dolphins of Mt. St. Vincent 107-79 on their own court in the Bronx. The team set a new Academy record with 15 three-pointers as they shot 55.6 percent from downtown. Despite breaking the 100-point barrier four times during their Sweet 16 run last season, Kings Point has not scored more than 106 points since the 1993-94 season when they tallied 112 against Nazareth. In the 57-year history of the men's basketball program, the Mariners have only surpassed 106 points on eight occasions.
Kings Point turned in a 53.2 percent performance from the field and never trailed in the game. At the half the score was 53-30 and the Blue and Gray were able to increase their lead to as many as 39 points in the second half of play.
Senior captain Kevin Bernick (Toms River, NJ) led the team with 24 points and seven three-pointers. Sophomore Mark Medvetz (Medford, NJ) tallied 21 points while sophomore Gabe Whitney (Nashua, NH) had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. Newcomer Josh Buck (Warsaw, IN) added 13 points in just 12 minutes of action. Senior captain Nate Barton (Hummelstown, PA) ranked second on the team off of the glass with seven boards and dished out a team-high seven assists.
Senior captain Kevin Bernick is making strides this season towards the 1,000-point plateau and entering the Mariners' All-Time Leading Scorers List. Bernick entered the season with 912 points in his career at Kings Point. He has added 36 points so far in the 2001-02 campaign, totaling 948 points. Al Wind, who played for the Mariners in 1953-57, is 19th on the All-Time Scoring List with 949 points. Bernick is one point shy of entering the Scoring List and 52 points shy of the 1,000-point mark. Currently averaging 12.0 points per game, Bernick should surpass 1,000 points before the holiday break.
The Kings Point men's swimming and diving team competed at the ECAC Division III Championships this past weekend and placed seventh overall with 280 points. Kings Point scored three men in the 200 Back and had three men inside the top eight in the 100 Back. The Blue and Gray were led by junior Paul Kim (Los Angeles, CA), a highly versatile swimmer who had a terrific showing in many events. Kim won the 200 Individual Medley and the 400 Individual Medley (4:20.23). In addition, he placed fourth in the 200 Back (2:00.99), knocking six seconds off of his qualifying time, and was fourth in the 100 Back (56.22).
Sophomore All-America diver Joel Meyer (Danville, CA) was second on the three-meter board (414.9 points) and fifth in the one-meter event (371.30), adding crucial points to the Blue and Gray's totals. Sophomore Brendan Kruse (Beaufort, SC) placed 12th in the three-meter dive.
Joe Schacherer (Oceano, CA), a senior, was third in the 100 Back (56.06), sixth in the 200 Free (1:50.40), 13th in the 200 Back (2:07.90), and 18th in the 50 Free (23.19). Sophomore Joe Quirk (Cooper City, FL) placed sixth in both the 100 and 200 Back events. His time in the 100 was 56.70, while in the 200 he came in at 2:05.9. Quirk also swam a season-best 2:09.44 to place 17th in the 200 Individual Medley. Freshman Peter Rosati (Norco, CA) had a strong swim in the first 1650 Free of his collegiate career, placing 16th in a time of 18:28.56. Junior Dave Rigual (Buffalo, NY) swam a season-best time in the 200 Breast (2:22.40) to place ninth and a season-best in the 200 Individual Medley to place 16th (2:09.40). Junior Scott Payne (Virginia Beach, VA) was 12th in the 100 Fly in a season-best time of 55.62. Freshman Brett Collins (Portland, OR) was 11th in the 500 Free (5:05.07).
The 800 Free Relay team of Kim, Scahcherer, Payne, and Collins was fifth, touching the wall in a time of 7:32.76 to earn 28 points for the Mariners. The Mariners 400-yard Free Relay team of Payne, senior Christian Platusich (Warwick, RI), Schacherer, and sophomore Chris Juciewicz (Glen Cove, NY) was 10th. The 200 Free Relay team of Schacherer, Quirk, Platusich, and Juciewicz was 11th. Kim, Rigual, Payne and Schacherer teamed up to swim the 400 Medley Relay and finished seventh in a time of 3:47.22.
The Mariners' womens swimming and diving team aslo raced at the ECAC Division III Championships this past weekend and finished in 17th place overall. Freshman diver Michelle O'Nan (Lakewood, CA) was the top point-getter for the Blue and Gray as she placed seventh on the three-meter board (223.60) and 10th in the one-meter dive (208.20). O'Nan also anchored the Mariners' 400 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay teams.
Sophomore Audrey Meyers (Great Neck, NY) also had many season-best performances for the Academy. She was 16th in the 50 Free (26.39), 19th in the 100 Free (57.48), 34th in the 200 Free (2:08.74). Sophomore Laura Jenkins (North Brunswick, NJ) was 21st in the 1650 Free (19:45.79), 30th in the 100 Fly (season-best 1:06.88), 35th in the 400 Individual Medley (5:15.74), and 48th in the 200 Individual Medley (2:31.67). The 400 Medley Relay with Meyers, freshman Krista Smith (Kings Park, NY), Jenkins, and O'Nan was 16th in 4:57.47. The same four athletes swam the 200 Free relay and finished 17th (1:55.30).
The indoor track and field season began this past weekend at the Collegiate Track Conference Indoor Relay Carnival in Moore Fieldhouse at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. The men's team placed sixth out of 16 teams. In the field, freshman Greg Elliot (Fort Myers, FL) and senior Ryan Harry (Hillburn, NY) combined in the high jump to finish in first place. The men's triple jump combo of Elliot and freshman Patrick McCrory (Eagle River, AK) was third. Rookie pole vaulter Joe Bosco (Sunland, CA)cleared the 12-foot mark in his first collegiate event and placed fifth.
On the track, Kings Point also had some good races. the 4x200 team finished second with freshman William Hall (Pearl River, NY), sophomore Todd Hoyt (Bend, OR), freshman Andrew Ghiglia (Arroyo Grande, CA) and sophomore Loue Barbieri (Garrison, NY) finishing in a time of 1:37.85. The 4x400 team of Hoyt, William Hall, brother Walter Hall (Pearl River, NY), and Barbieri was fourth. Senior Scott Bachmann (San Diego, CA), freshman Nathan Daffron (Albuquerque, NM), freshman Drew Williams (Lancaster, OH), and freshman Brian Fitzpatrick (Virginia Beach, VA) ran in the 4x1600 and also placed fourth. In the men's 1600-meter sprint medley, sophomore Erik Corcoran (North Attleboro, MA), Williams, Walter Hall and Ghiglia placed fourth.