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With a larger and more experienced roster than previous years, the Rutgers swimming and diving team begins the AAC Championships today in Louisville, Ky., full of excitement. The Scarlet Knights (9-4-1) enter the conference championships with a chip on their shoulders, fully tapered and brimming with confidence following two straight quad meet victories.
Head coach Phil Spiniello said Allyson Perrotti needs to lead by example.
With the regular season coming to an end, the Rutgers swimming and diving team can finally focus all its attention on the AAC Championships from Feb. 19022 in Louisville, Ky. The Scarlet Knights have more than a week to prepare for the biggest meet of their season, which sees them facing some quality programs in No. 13 Louisville and Southern Methodist.
Senior Brittany Guinee set school records in the 200 butterfly and 400 medley relay at last year’s conference championships.
Prior to Saturday’s meet at the RU Aquatics Center, head coach Phil Spiniello challenged the Rutgers swimming and diving team to raise its performance. It was not because the team had been underperforming — the Scarlet Knights entered the quad meet on two straight victories and had been strong throughout the entire season.
As if senior day was not enough motivation, spots on the Rutgers swimming and diving teams conference championship roster could also be decided this Saturday. The Scarlet Knights (7-4-1) face two former Big East rivals in Georgetown (3-10) and Providence (4-7) at the RU Aquatics Center in the final regular season meet of the season.
Senior Mary Moser had two first-place finishes the last time RU faced Georgetown. The Knights will honor six seniors Saturday.
As the Rutgers swimming and diving team prepares for its final meet of the regular season Saturday, the AAC Championships will not be the only event on the team’s mind. While success at the AAC Championships is the main goal, the meet also provides the Scarlet Knights a final chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships in March.
If one were to attend a Rutgers swimming and diving meet at the RU Aquatics Center, it is easy for divers to go unnoticed. Frantic fans screaming at the top of their lungs and coaches and teammates rapidly waving their arms back and fourth, encouraging swimmers to go faster, usually garner the fans attention. But the program knows it has senior diver Nicole Scott, the newly named NJAIAW Woman of the Year, as the Scarlet Knights’ secret weapon.
With almost three weeks remaining in the season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team’s primary focus is preparing for the AAC championships. The tournament runs from Feb. 19-Feb. 22. But when the season ends, the Scarlet Knights will face the same dilemma every college program has when losing its top seniors.
Sophomore Morgan Pfaff said the reason she chose to swim for Rutgers is because of its camaraderie and the fact that everyone’s role matters.
It was all smiles for the Rutgers swimming and diving team following its meet Saturday afternoon at the RU Aquatics Center. Despite going winless in their last two road contests, the Scarlet Knights hardly looked like a team lacking in confidence. The Knights dominated their races and dives, winning 11 of the 16 events on the day and collecting wins against Fordham (6-3), 169-128, and Rider (1-8-1), 211-79.
Junior Greta Leberfinger led the team with two first-place finishes.
With the AAC championships rapidly approaching, the Rutgers swimming and diving team returns to its home pool in hopes of gaining some valuable momentum. The Scarlet Knights will host Fordham and Rider tomorrow morning in their second-to-last meet of the season at the RU Aquatics Center. Following four straight away meets against fierce competition, head coach Phil Spiniello has high hopes for the team entering the weekend.
Sophomore Joanna Wu has little to improve on as she has been competing strong throughout the season, recently winning a 200m title on Jan. 11.
Normally being swept in a quad meet is considered a bad loss. For the Rutgers swimming and diving team, the defeats serve as motivation. The Scarlet Knights faced off against two top-25 opponents in Michigan and Notre Dame along with future Big Ten opponent Northwestern Jan. 11 in Evanston, Ill. Michigan defeated the Knights 219-81 against Michigan, Notre Dame handed them a 206-94 loss and Northwestern captured a 198.5-101.5.
Sophomore Joanna Wu posted three top-10 finishes at the quad meet, including a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke.
Following some strong showings to begin the season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team must deal with adversity for the first time this season. The Scarlet Knights (4-1) suffered their first defeat at Boston University (4-1) in dual meet action Saturday, leaving a small blemish to an otherwise flawless start to their campaign.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team suffered its first defeat of the season Saturday afternoon against Boston University. Despite strong performances from several Scarlet Knights (4-1), the Terriers (4-1) claimed first-place finishes in 10 of 16 events. “I am a little disappointed because I think we had the capability to win that meet, and the team that has shown up all year didn’t show up on Saturday,” said head coach Phil Spiniello.
Junior Greta Leberfinger captured two individual victories against Boston University in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.