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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.
With the conclusion of Saturday’s meet against Old Dominion and George Washington, the first half of the season and fall semester schedule also came to an end for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. The Scarlet Knights are out of action until Jan. 18, when they face off with Richmond and Central Connecticut State, and then James Madison the following day. But the Knights will not rest much during the long layoff. Following a short break for finals and the holidays, the team returns to Rutgers to continue training for the second half of the season.
Junior Mary Moser was part of a relay Saturday against Old Dominion and George Washington that finished first with a time of 1:45.20.
Traveling on the road for the first time this season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team went to Norfolk, Va., on Saturday to compete against a pair of Beltway schools. They returned with two victories. The Scarlet Knights defeated Old Dominion, 170-120, and George Washington, 204-79.The decisive performance left head coach Phil Spiniello feeling positive about the team. “I’m happy that we walked away with two wins from the weekend,” he said.
The success freshman swimmer Joanna Wu has experienced may be surprising to some, but for Wu and Rutgers head swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello, Wu’s freshman year is going exactly as planned. Wu began her rookie season by winning events in each of the Scarlet Knights’ first three meets. She has set several personal bests in the early stages this season, as well. “Joanna’s done a great job since the minute she walked into our program,” Spiniello said.
Phil Spiniello, now in his third season as head coach, is happy with how freshman Joanna Wu is progressing in her first year.
Through her first two years with the Rutgers swimming and diving team, junior diver Nicole Scott had already cemented a place in the program’s record books. She further entrenched her place in Rutgers history Nov. 18 — the final day of the Frank Elm Invitational — by breaking her own record on the platform dive. Scott posted a 269.70 score, breaking her own record of 251.95 she set her freshman year. Head coach Phil Spiniello was excited to see Scott’s performance at this point in the season.
Phil Spiniello, the Knights head coach, noticed Nicole Scott’s improvements during her two-plus seasons diving at Rutgers.
Because of Hurricane Sandy, it has been three weeks since the Rutgers swimming and diving team competed against other schools. The hurricane caused the Scarlet Knights to cancel a Nov. 2. quad meet against Big East opponents. But the Knights finally return to the pool for competition today, when they host the Frank Elm Invite through Sunday at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. The Invitational, named after legendary Rutgers coach Frank Elm, features 12 teams.
Junior Mary Moser and the Knights return to action in an invitational that spans three days this weekend and includes 12 teams. Moser was part of a relay team Oct. 26 that won the 200-meter medley against Wagner with a time of 1:49.35.
A year after suffering a devastating shoulder injury, senior diving captain Katie Kearney continues to surprise herself and the Rutgers swimming and diving team’s coaches. After dislocating her shoulder last season, which resulted in a torn labrum and a torn shoulder capsule, Kearney was forced last April to have surgery. The procedure was originally supposed to keep her from diving until November. But she battled back and has returned stronger and quicker than her coaches imagined.