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The Rutgers swimming and diving team travels to Storrs, Conn.,
this weekend for an early test against familiar Big East foes.
Georgetown, Villanova and host Connecticut are the first conference
opponents the Scarlet Knights see this season. Hosting two tune-up
meets at the Rutgers Aquatic Center, the Knights found early
success in the pool and on the boards.
In its last meet before Big East action, the Rutgers women’s
swimming and diving team took advantage of a home meet Saturday by
capturing 16 first-place finishes at the SWRC Invitational. Head
coach Phil Spiniello was impressed with the way the team performed
in the pool. “It went very well,” Spiniello said. “Across the
board we look like a better team than we were at this time last
year. I’m very pleased with the start of our season.”
Diver Katie Kearney knows the Rutgers swimming and diving team’s
SWRC Invitational is a crucial starting point for her and her
teammates. While the meet serves as the last competition before
entering the gauntlet of the Big East Conference, the junior
believes the team is ready for the season ahead. “We have been
looking pretty good and are excited to get into a real meet this
weekend,” Kearney said.
Homecoming week is an exciting time that brings together former
Scarlet Knights with the student body to create a sense of
community. The camaraderie will not be more evident than at
Saturday’s Rutgers swimming and diving alumni meet held at the
Werblin Recreation Center. Second-year head coach Phil Spiniello
believes bringing former athletes home is essential for building a
With the season around the corner, the Rutgers swimming and
diving team looks to get a jump on the challenge presented by
competing in the Big East. Head coach Phil Spiniello wants to see
one thing when his team hits the water in its intrasquad meet today
at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. “I want to see learning,” Spiniello
Senior Jacquelyn Ward posted four first-place finishes last year
at the Sonny Werblin Invitational, where the Scarlet Knights
compete today in their first intrasquad meet. The event is Rutgers’
first since the Big?East Championships, where it finished seventh
out of 11 conference teams.
Swimming in a highly competitive conference like the Big East
can be an intimidating effort. Second-year head swimming coach Phil
Spiniello likes to look at the challenge with a positive attitude,
embracing the benefits that come with competing at the highest
level. “It’s great,” Spiniello said of the conference’s daunting
task. “The competitiveness of the Big East drives us to do
Junior Jacquelyn Ward was consistently among Rutgers’ best
swimmers last season, when she finished fourth place in the
400-yard individual medley at the Big?East Championships.
The concept of rebuilding is taboo in many major Division I
athletic programs. But when Phil Spiniello took over as the head
coach of the Rutgers swimming and diving team, he knew rebuilding
was exactly what the team needed most.
At the beginning of the Rutgers swimming and diving team's
season, senior captain Jen Betz just wanted to have a good year and
to do well at the Big East Championships.
The Rutgers diving team heads into the pool for perhaps the
final time this weekend at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships at
the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Senior diver Jen Betz enters potentially her final tournament
with the Knights tomorrow, when Rutgers travels to Annapolis, Md.,
for the NCAA'Zone A Diving Championships.
Jacquie Ward is not one to sugarcoat the truth. The junior
swimmer will be the first one to tell you that after a miserable
freshman year at Indiana and a disappointing sophomore year at
Rutgers, swimming was just not one of her top priorities.
The Big East Championships were the light at the end of the
tunnel for the Rutgers swimming team all season long. The Scarlet
Knights finally reached the four-day-long Championships last week
and came away with a seventh place finish out of 11 teams in its
first attempt under head coach Phil Spiniello.
Junior Jacquelyn Ward made NCAA 'B' cuts after registering a
time of 4
The Rutgers swimming and diving team worked all season long
toward one goal: a strong showing at the Big East
Senior Jen Betz improved upon last season's 21st-place finish in
the 3-meter dive to reach the podium and earn a bronze medal at the
The goal all season for Rutgers head swimming and diving coach
Phil Spiniello was to see as many of his athletes qualify for the
Big East Championships as possible.
Canada is known for many different things, but the Canadian
product that the Rutgers swimming and diving team is most thankful
for at the moment is freshman Chelsea Rolin.
Part of the beauty of sports is that sometimes even when a team
does not put the most points on the scoreboard, it can still claim
a sense of victory.