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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.
For the first time this season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team will be racing in unfamiliar territory. The Scarlet Knights travel to Boston tomorrow to begin the first of a four-meet road trip away from the confines of the RU Aquatic Center. “I think anytime you leave your home pool it is a different atmosphere,” said head coach Phil Spiniello.
Greta Leberfinger said dual meets are different from regular races. Rutgers will attempt to defeat Boston University tomorrow on the road.
When Brittany Guinee left the Somerset Hills (N.J.) YMCA to join the Loyola (Md.) University swim team for the 2010-11 season, reuniting with Greta Leberfinger never crossed her mind. “We definitely never thought we would end up together again,” Guinee said. “Especially because she didn’t come until a year after, but we’re definitely happy with how it all worked out.”
Senior Brittany Guinee transferred to Rutgers in 2011, soon reconnecting with a childhood friend, junior Greta Leberfinger, who joined the Knights last season.
Joanna Wu still remembers swimming as a little kid and her aspirations of one day racing at an elite level. The only setback was that she wasn’t very fast, finishing races towards the back of the lane.The outcomes led to some frustrating nights when she wondered if her dream could ever come true.
Sophomore Joanna Wu looks to continue success this year after an impressive rookie year. Wu aims to compete in the NCAAs.
There were high-fives all around from the Rutgers swimming and diving team following its second-place finish Sunday at the Frank Elm Invitational at the RU Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights finished with 1321.5 points during the three-day event, just behind Columbia, which totaled 1378.52 points. Army, Wagner, West Chester, Drexel, Villanova, Massachusetts, St. Peter’s and Boston University followed behind the Knights.
Sophomore Morgan Pfaff captured first in the 200-yard I.M. at the Frank Elm Invitational this weekend with a time of 2:04.69.
Season-best times are expected for the Rutgers swimming and diving team as it prepares to host the Frank Elm Invite at the Rutgers Aquatic Center this weekend. The Scarlet Knights (4-0) have had a strong start into the season, most recently avenging last year’s defeat to long-time rival Villanova on Nov. 9. The older swimmers look stronger than years past, and the freshman swimmers and divers have impressed.
Sophomore Joanna Wu earned one of her three first-place finishes this season Nov. 8 in the 1,000-meter freestyle.
Following a dominant performance this weekend, the Rutgers swimming and diving team finds itself right where it expected to be. The Scarlet Knights (4-0) recorded several season-best times Friday and Saturday at the home quad meet, where they defeated longtime rival Villanova. But head coach Phil Spiniello remains levelheaded despite the strong start.
Senior Allyson Perrotti is one of the many swimmers head coach Phil Spinello said has had success early in the season for RU.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team produced revenge this weekend with wins against three of its former conference rivals at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights defeated Georgetown (1-6), 251-97, Seton Hall (4-4), 244-104 and Villanova, 217-130. The Knights hosted the two-day quad meet last season, but fell to the Wildcats.