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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.
Nicole Honey was named Big East Athlete of the Week, as she continues to be the Knights’ most reliable diver off the boards.
Senior co-captain Taylor Zafir stood up for a ceremony honoring her and two teammates Saturday as part of the Rutgers swimming and diving team’s Senior Day. Her mother was in attendance after flying in from Chicago to watch Zafir compete at home for the final time. For Zafir, it was a surreal feeling of accomplishment. “It was a monumental moment. Even going back to my freshman year, I always thought, ‘four years is so long, it’ll take forever to get there to be done,’” Zafir said. “Now the fact that it was my last home meet swimming at Rutgers, it was definitely bittersweet.”
Senior co-captain Taylor Zafir swam in her final home meet Sunday as she and two teammates were honored on Senior Day. Zafir took on a larger leadership role this season.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team took two wins Saturday in its final meet before the Big East Championships. The Scarlet Knights defeated Georgetown, 287-66, and Seton Hall, 134-33, but lost to Villanova, 179-173. The Knights finished the regular season 9-2 overall, with both of its defeats coming by a mere 36 points. The loss should not undermine Rutgers’ impressive performance against conference foes this late in the season.
Freshman Joanna Wu helped the Rutgers swimming diving team capture victories in the 200-meter medley and freestyle medley. Wu also placed first in the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team faces its first Big East competition today when it hosts Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova in its final home meet of the season. The quad meet, originally scheduled for October, was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. It now acts as a primer for the upcoming Big East Championships and will give an indication of where the Scarlet Knights stand in the conference. “It’s going to be very important to get this quad meet in for a better understanding of where we are swimming-wise and diving-wise for when we go into the Big East Championships,” said senior co-captain Katie Kearney.
Rutgers head diving coach Fred Woodruff continues to prepare his unit for the final stretch of the season, which includes the Big East and Zone Diving Championships. Although the two most crucial meets for the Scarlet Knights still lie ahead, Woodruff, the longest-tenured coach on staff, brings experience that can help the team remain focused.
The Rutgers diving team has been successful this season, much of which can be attributed to the leadership of senior co-captain Katie Kearney. Kearney leads a Scarlet Knights diving unit that has established a clear identity as it works toward next month’s Big East Championships. The road to her senior year has not been as smooth. Entering the season, everything surrounding Kearney’s role on the team was uncertain. She underwent shoulder surgery last spring, which put her in a sling for three weeks with a recovery process to follow.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team started its season with a 7-1 dual- and tri-meet record and has shown consistency along the way. The diving team best exemplifies that consistency, so much so that it invokes a sense of déjà vu. The Scarlet Knights have swept the 1-meter dive in all but one meet so far this season.
Junior Olivia Harry clinched a spot in next month’s Big East Championships under diving coach Fred Woodruff in her first full year diving.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team earned two victories Saturday at the RU Aquatic Center, defeating Fordham and Rider in a tri-meet. The Scarlet Knights beat Rider, 219-75, and Fordham, 162-132, a team head coach Phil Spiniello said can win the Atlantic 10 Conference this season. The team bounced back quickly after suffering its first loss of the season Jan. 19 against James Madison.
Senior 125-pounder Joey Langel flipped weight classes with Dellefave this season, resulting in success for both wrestlers.
Head coach Phil?Spiniello said the team’s diving unit, winner of both the 1- and 3-meter dives this weekend, continues to improve.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team faces Fordham and Rider tomorrow to continue a string of home meets at the RU Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights look to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of the season Jan. 19 at the hands of James Madison. Despite being edged by the Dukes, the Scarlet Knights finished last week with excitement and energy, said senior co-captain Taylor Zafrir. “We haven’t backed off at all at practice this week,” Zafir said.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team returned to the RU Aquatic Center last weekend for its first competition of the calendar year. The Scarlet Knights entered the weekend undefeated and set out to avenge their only two losses from last season, which came from Richmond and James Madison.Rutgers hosted Richmond and Central Connecticut State on Friday, and James Madison traveled to Piscataway the next morning.
After a relatively successful sophomore year, junior swimmer Mary Moser has come out strong and dominated the first half of the season for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. Moser has won six individual events for the Scarlet Knights this year. She has also played a role in Rutgers’ successful relay teams. Moser, who noticed a change in her swimming this year, attributes this improvement to a change in her training.
Coach Phil?Spiniello and assistants changed junior Mary Moser’s practice technique to adjust to her sprinting skill.
Following a successful freshman season at Marist College, sophomore swimmer Greta Leberfinger made the decision to return to New Jersey and transfer to the Rutgers swimming and diving team. Leberfinger’s freshman campaign for Marist was not short on accolades. She earned MAAC Swimmer of the Week honors three times, set individual school records and won several events at the MAAC Conference Championships. The success has followed her to Piscataway, where she has had an immediate impact for the Scarlet Knights.