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Senior captain Trisha Averill, who owns Rutgers’ school record
in the 200-yard breaststroke, is one of many swimmers who endorse
head coach Phil Spiniello’s energetic coaching style. With swimmers
like Averill, Spiniello guided the Scarlet Knights to seven more
wins in his second season.
With back-to-back losses against James Madison and Richmond
looming in the mind of head swimming and diving coach Phil
Spiniello, it was hard to ignore his energy as he ran up and down
the pool deck during each event.That energy translated into two wins for the Scarlet Knights, who
defeated Fordham, 180-120, and Rider, 221-74, Saturday at the Sonny
Werblin Recreation Center.
Senior swimmer Jacquelyn Ward led the Scarlet Knights with two
first-place finishes in the team’s final meet of the season at the
Sonny Werblin Recreation Center. The Berlin, N.J., native won both
the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events to help the Knights to a 9-2
record in head coach Phil Spiniello’s second year at the helm.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team knows this time is crucial
for it to experience success against the best from their
conference, with less than two weeks remaining until the Big East
Championships. The Scarlet Knights get their final competitive test
Saturday, when they host Fordham and Rider at the Sonny Werblin
Recreation Center. Head coach Phil Spiniello sees the two opponents
as his program’s final opportunity to experience challenging
head-to-head competition before the league championships.
Sophomore diver Nicole Scott looks to continue her winning ways
this weekend. She won both the 1- and 3-meter dives in Saturday’s
loss to Richmond.
One of the qualities Rutgers women’s swimming & diving head
coach Phil Spiniello looks for in his athletes is the determination
to get better. In his second year at the helm of the program, he
sees that in junior captain Taylor Curado. “Taylor has a drive
within her to get better,” Spiniello said. “That comes out in the
weight room, pool, and in dry land sessions. She has a real
determination to get better at this sport.”
Head coach Phil Spiniello said junior captain Taylor Currado was
one of the Scarlet Knights’ most improved swimmers this season
after he arrived a year ago. Currado won the 100-yard butterfly
Friday against James Madison.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team entered the state of
Virginia with no losses. It left with two Saturday, losing to both
James Madison and Richmond in consecutive days. While the defeats
ended the Scarlet Knights’ chance at a perfect season, head coach
Phil Spiniello was satisfied with the way the team performed in the
pool. “We came out of this weekend with two losses. However, there
are a lot of positives that came out of the two meets,” Spiniello
Senior swimmer Trisha Averill enjoyed three first-place finishes
Friday against James Madison. Averill captured the 100- and
200-yard breaststroke titles against the Dukes, and she won the
200-yard individual medley. The Knights’ loss to James Madison was
the first of two defeats in as many days in Virginia.
With an undefeated season hanging in the balance, Rutgers head
swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello knows the next two meets
against James Madison and Richmond will be the toughest stretch for
his team. “[This weekend] is a big challenge,” Spiniello said.
“Both of these teams are strong competitors and are very
well-coached teams. If we swim and dive just well against these
teams, we are going to lose, so we’re going to have to be close to
Senior Jacquelyn Ward leads the Scarlet Knights into their meet
at James Madison after winning a pair of individual races Jan. 15
against Bucknell. Rutgers faces Richmond following its JMU
The arrival of the second semester signals the beginning of
classes and a new start for students as they return to campus. For
the Rutgers swimming and diving team, it marks the chance to
continue its quest to finish with a perfect season. The Scarlet
Knights started off on the right track, defeating host Bucknell,
155-83, on Sunday to move to 7-0 on the season. Head coach Phil
Spiniello was excited to see the team return to the pool after a
long layoff from competitive action.
Sophomore diver Nicole Scott took first place Jan. 15 against
Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., in both the 1- and 3-meter dives.
With the first half of the year in the books, Rutgers head
swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello is pleased with the way
his team performed and looks forward to what remains in the
season’s second leg. “We’re off to a great start,” Spiniello said.
“We’ve laid the foundation for what we want to achieve in the
second half, and our goal is to swim and dive to the best of our
abilities then.” The Scarlet Knights are 6-0 thanks to the way the
team bought into Spiniello’s ideals, the head coach said.
Senior swimmer Trisha Averill continues to lead the Knights in
the pool, breaking a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke and
winning Big East Swimmer of the Week.
Junior Carissa Santora won both the 1- and 3-meter dives for the
Scarlet Knights at this year’s Princeton Invitational.
When Rutgers swimming and diving head coach Phil Spiniello first
contacted freshman Lindsay Gibson-Brokop about joining his program,
the swimmer admits she never heard of Rutgers until she looked it
up on her computer. “When I was going through the recruiting
process, [the recruiting coordinator] helping me asked if I heard
about this school in New Jersey and I said, ‘No,’” Gibson-Brokop
said. “So I looked it up and talked to Phil and found out there is
a lot of good stuff going on here. “
Freshman swimmer Lindsay Gibson-Brokop swims the freestyle,
which she won in the 200-yard race earlier this season against
Wagner. Gibson-Brokop also swims the backstroke but excelled in
freestyle events when she competed for the Edmonton Keyano Swim
Club in her native Canada.
The Rutgers women’s swimming and diving team’s undefeated start
to the season came to an end over the weekend, when the Scarlet
Knights placed second in the Big Al Open behind host Princeton.
Head coach Phil Spiniello understood prior to the event that it
would be one of the more difficult meets of the year. Despite the
loss, he said he was pleased with the way his team performed both
in the water and on the boards.
For the Rutgers swimming and diving team, today marks the
half-way point for an undefeated program. Head coach Phil Spiniello
is excited not only for this weekend’s meet at Princeton, but for
the rest of the season going forward. “The team is looking good and
they’re excited,” Spiniello said. “The energy level is high and we
are ready for our mid-season invites.” The invites begin today,
when the Knights compete in the Big Al Open on Princeton’s