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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
Senior swimmer Trisha Averill was part of the Knights’ 200-yard
medley relay team that took first place in a tri-meet sweep against
Texas Christian and?Seton?Hall the last time she was in the pool.
She won Big East Swimmer of the Week honors earlier this
For first-year students, the adjustment period from high school
to college is not always a smooth process. But freshman diver
Nicole Honey’s transition was made easier by the way her teammates
embraced her from the moment she joined the Rutgers women’s
swimming and diving team. “I think I really found my niche on the
team,” Honey said. “It’s really great and I love it. The team is
great, and they support me as a freshman, so I’m having a
Every time junior diver Katie Kearney jumps off the board,
Rutgers diving coach Fred Woodruff winces as she cuts her way
through the water. He does not cringe because of the way the dive
looks. He reacts accordingly because he knows with each dive, his
captain hits the pool with pain. “She dives in pain every day,”
Woodruff said. “She’s having a hard time with her injuries.”
It is 1:30 p.m. during a regular day of diving practice.
Skrillex echoes off the walls of the Sonny Werblin Recreation
Center as Rutgers diver Victoria Gordon makes her way up a set of
stairs to the diving platform. The sophomore steps onto the board,
closes her eyes, takes a deep breath and springs into the air. She
makes a faint splash moments later as water spills onto the pool
Junior diver Katie Kearney hits the water at the Sonny Werblin
Recreation?Center during a practice dive, which causes pain after
she dislocated her shoulder earlier in the season.
Junior diver Carissa Santora completes a practice dive from a
3-meter spring board. Santora is in her first season with the
Scarlet Knights after transferring from Virginia Tech.?Diving
coach?Fred Woodruff orginially recruited Santora out of Mainland
Regional?High School, but she chose Virginia Tech instead of
Sophomore divers Nicole Scott, above, and Victoria Gordon dive
from a 5-meter platform board during practice at the Sonny Werblin
No matter what sport, every team wants to begin the season with
a victory. But six straight wins to kick off the year have Rutgers
head swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello excited for what lies
ahead for the program. “This is a special group of women,”
Spiniello said. “These swimmers and divers are motivated, have
goals and every day, put those goals in front of them in trying to
get better in the pool.”
There is a different feeling around the Sonny Werblin Recreation
Center for the Rutgers swimming and diving team’s second home meet.
“The team has been working extremely hard this week,” said head
coach Phil Spiniello. “The energy level is high, and you can tell
they are definitely gearing up to have a great meet at home.”
Junior captain?Katie Kearney is battling a shoulder injury, but
she finished third last week in the 1-meter dive against
High school seniors face the difficult decision every year of
either staying home to earn their college educations or venturing
away from everything they know to school in a different state.
Rutgers junior diver Carissa Santora chose the latter three years
ago. But it took only a two-year stint at Virginia Tech for Santora
to realize how much she missed home, and the first-year Scarlet
Knight believes she made the right choice by returning to New