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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.
No one ever would have guessed three years ago that senior captain Taylor Zafir’s career would end up where it has. After a rough two years to start her career with the Rutgers swimming and diving team, which saw her redshirt her freshman year because of an injury, Zafir’s outlook on swimming changed with the hiring of head coach Phil Spiniello. “Looking back four years, there were times where I didn’t want to finish swimming and to be really truly enjoying it again, that’s what I’m most proud of,” Zafir said.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team entered the 2012-2013 season with momentum, breezing by the competition in its first two meets. The divers’ performance has been one of many bright spots for the Scarlet Knights early, winning every event they have participated in through the first two meets. All four of the Knights' divers — senior captain Katie Kearney, juniors Olivia Harry and Nicole Scott and sophomore Nicole Honey — have already qualified for the Big East Championships.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team splashed into action this weekend when it opened the season with the annual Sony Werblin Invitational. The Scarlet Knights played host to seven teams that traveled to the Rutgers Aquatic Center to participate in the event. The Knights earned 15 first-place finishes at the invitational, including winning all four relay events. The results have head coach Phil Spiniello feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.
Junior Mary Moser won three events, which tied for Rutgers’ lead this weekend at the Sony Werblin Invitational.
While the platform event was not familiar for the Rutgers diving team this season, it proved the Scarlet Knights’ most successful dive at last week’s NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Nicole Scott led the way for the Knights in the event. The sophomore totaled 255.95 points in the preliminary rounds of the platform dive and 267.05 points in her finals performance.
Sophomore diver Nicole Scott totaled 523.00 points last week at the NCAA?Zone A Championships, giving her a second-place finish in the platform dive in the Buffalo, N.Y., meet.
While it has been nearly a month since Nicole Scott last competed on the boards, the sophomore diver was thankful for the practice time it gave her and her teammates. “I think it actually helped us this year because at [the Big East Championships] we all did really well,” Scott said. “But there were things we needed to fix, so this has given us time to focus on the details of our dives and try and get them completely solid.”
Sophomore diver Nicole Scott, who finished eighth in the 3-meter at the Big East Championships, prepares for her possible season finale tomorrow at the Zone?Diving Championships.
The 1,650-yard freestyle was one of the most physically grueling events for the Rutgers swimming and diving team this year. The first-place finisher’s time in the race at the Big East Championships was 16:13.94. Nicknamed by head coach Phil Spiniello as “the mile,” the race takes patience, determination and endurance, he said. So it was not a surprise when Spiniello chose senior Michelle Berman to complete the challenge for the Scarlet Knights.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team received exactly what it
needed to succeed when its divers placed third at the Big East
Championships. But its swimmers could not take advantage of the
position they received from their teammates. The Scarlet Knights
placed eighth out of 11 teams at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh this
weekend, failing to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish at
Senior Jacquelyn Ward was part of a Rutgers 800-yard freestyle
medley that placed eighth on the first day of the Big East
Rutgers head swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello could not
ask for a better position for his team today as it begins the
swimming portion of the Big East Championships. Sophomore Nicole
Scott placed in the top 10 in both 1- and 3-meter dives. The divers
returned last weekend with a third-place finish — what the Scarlet
Knights needed to improve on their seventh-place finish a year ago
in the championships.