September 21, 2018 | ° F

RU hosts alumni for swim meet


Homecoming week is an exciting time that brings together former
Scarlet Knights with the student body to create a sense of
community.

The camaraderie will not be more evident than at Saturday’s
Rutgers swimming and diving alumni meet held at the Werblin
Recreation Center. Second-year head coach Phil Spiniello believes
bringing former athletes home is essential for building a
successful program.

“The alumni meet is about having fun and bringing alumni of the
program back home to meet the current team and have a good time,”
Spiniello said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

During the alumni meet, both current and former Knights face off
in the pool and on the boards in a series of competitions. The meet
serves to help the current team, but also enables fun between the
two groups.

Like last weekend’s intrasquad meet, the event does not count
toward the swimmers’ records and times, but helps them connect with
swimming alumni.

“We are going to have 50s of stroke, all three diving events and
some fun relays,” Spiniello said. “We look at it as another
opportunity to race and get back up on the boards, with the main
purpose being able to connect with alumni and welcome them
home.”

This weekend’s meet serves as another tune-up for the Knights
before they head into the bulk of their season. After next week’s
SWRC Invitational, hosted on campus, the team kicks off its regular
season when it travels to Storrs, Conn., to compete in its first
Big East event of the year.

“We have shown some really good signs, and we are moving forward
in the right direction,” Spiniello said. “We will know at the end
of October when we race against UConn, Villanova and
Georgetown.”

During last week’s intrasquad meet, both the red and white teams
looked impressive, with the red squad winning by a score of 67-43.
Spiniello believes his team looks good during the early stages and
believes its hard work will pay off as the season moves on.

“The intrasquad meet went really well,” Spiniello said. “I was
happy with the results, and it’s a sign of good things to come for
our program this season. We are working on getting there.”


By Bradley Derechailo

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