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The Rutgers swimming and diving team entered the new season facing high expectations. Two events into their campaign, the Scarlet Knights proved they are up to the task. The Knights posted several top-five finishes Oct. 19 in the Sonny Werblin Invitational. Rutgers most recently won its first dual meet of the season last Friday, defeating visiting Wagner, 181-119 at the Rutgers Aquatic Center.
Senior Allyson Perrotti captured the 400 individual medley against Wagner last weekend at the RU Aquatic Center.
After an impressive performance at the Sonny Werblin Invitational last weekend, the Rutgers swimming and diving team looks to translate that success to the first dual meet of the season. The Scarlet Knights open their competitive schedule today against Wagner at the RU Aquatic Center. “There is a different mindset that we are going to need to have going into a dual meet,” said head coach Phil Spiniello “We are going to have to show up and race.”
For the Rutgers swimming and diving team, its first meet provided a positive start to the season. The Scarlet Knights impressed at the two-day Sonny Werblin Invitational, which began Friday. “Normally it’s pretty hard to get into the groove in the first meet of the season, but as a whole the team did pretty well,” said senior swimmer Mary Moser. Saturday featured a solid performance from Rutgers as the team completed several top-five finishes.
Senior Mary Moser finished first in the 100 butterfly with a finishing time of 57:52. She also placed second in the 200 butterfly event.
After a season when the Rutgers swimming and diving made some history, the team now faces high expectations in its 2013-2014 campaign. The Scarlet Knights return 14 letterwinners from last season, including the entire 400-meter medley relay team. That unit consists of sophomore Joanna Wu, junior Greta Leberfinger and seniors Brittany Guinee and Mary Moser.
Sophomore backstroke swimmer Joanna Wu returns for the Knights. She will compete in the 400-meter medley relay in which all members returned.
When Junior Nicole Scott took her final dive at last week’s NCAA Championships, she closed the book on a successful season for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. She finished 21st overall in the platform event, but put together a solid routine — one that fell short of a higher score after issues with her arm stands. Scott was the only athlete to represent the Scarlet Knights at the NCAA Championships, but was not the only one to finish the season on a high-note.
Junior Nicole Scott must not have been satisfied with her record performance at last month’s Big East Championships. The diver took home first place March 2 — the final day of competition —in the platform finals, breaking the school record in the process. The meet showcased three different school records being broken by the end of the four-day event — a fitting end to an already successful season for the Rutgers swimming and diving team.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team closed out its season by breaking three school records at the Big East Championships. Junior Brittany Guinee set two of them. Guinee finished the 200-yard butterfly March 2 with a time of 2:00.17, which broke the school record Andrea Miller set in 2002. In the previous day’s competition, Guinee took part in the 400-yard medley relay, where the Scarlet Knights finished in third place and notched another Rutgers record.
Head coach Phil Spiniello accepted junior Brittany Guinee as a walk-on last season. Guinee broke an 11-year school record March 2.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team solidified its goal this season with its fifth-place finish at last week’s Big East Championships. With a 9-2 regular season record, the Scarlet Knights proved to be a well-balanced team.
One aspect the Knights could count on consistently was from relay relay squads. That unit peaked at the right time with school records in the 400-meter medley relay at the Big East Championships.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team placed fifth at the Big East Championships this weekend with a total score of 410.50 points. The Scarlet Knights improved their point total from last year’s event by 163, when they finished in eighth. “I couldn’t be prouder of how the women performed in getting top five,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “That was our goal all year long as a program — to improve upon our finish of last year, to be a top-five program in the Big East.”
Joanna Wu finished sixth in her event at the Big East?Championships.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team travels to Indianapolis tomorrow to compete in the Big East Championships. The meet is the most important competition of the season for the Scarlet Knights and has been on the minds of coaches and athletes throughout the year. Every competition during the regular season is spent attempting to qualify or improve seeding times for the meet. These championships can potentially define careers.
Senior Taylor Zafir enters the Big East Championships hoping for a top-eight finish in the 400-meter individual medley event. She has won the event in her final two regular season meets.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team finished the regular season with a 9-2 record with wins against two Big East schools. The final home meet was on Senior Day for the Scarlet Knights’ two captains. But that would not stop freshman Joanna Wu from taking her share of the spotlight. The Kent, Wash., native arrived at Rutgers this year after swimming for four years at Kent-Meridian (Wash.) High School. She qualified for the Washington state championships each season and was named the team’s MVP three times.
Freshman Joanna Wu will participate in the three events from Wednesday to Saturday in the Big East Championships.
As junior Olivia Harry of the Rutgers swimming and diving team enters her first Big East Championships, she sits in an established role on the Scarlet Knights’ diving squad. Harry has made progress in her first year of diving in competition, and has become a prominent scorer with the increase in opportunities. She took third place in the 3-meter dive Jan. 26 against Fordham and Rider and was given what senior co-caption described as ‘hero of the day’ honors.
Sophomore Nicole Honey enters the Big East Championships with momentum for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. She has put together a consistent regular season for the Scarlet Knights’ diving squad and is primed to finish at her peak. Honey collected Big East Athlete of the Week honors after her performance Feb. 8 at home against Georgetown, Villanova and Seton Hall. “Her training over the course of the season is starting to show up to her capability,” said head coach Phil Spiniello.