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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 Rutgers.
Sophomore divers Nicole Scott, above, and Victoria Gordon dive from a 5-meter platform board during practice at the Sonny Werblin Recreation?Center.
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 Wagner.
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 Jersey.
Junior diver Carissa Santora won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives Friday.
Junior diver Carissa Santora transferred to Rutgers after spending two seasons at Virginia Tech. The move reunited Santora with diving coach Fred Woodruff, who initially recruited her at Mainland Regional High School.
The one objective Rutgers head swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello wanted to accomplish at last Friday’s home meet was to get a full team effort. The Scarlet Knights responded by capturing a 165-121 win against Wagner en route to their fourth victory of the season. The team now boasts an undefeated record with four wins, including three in the Big East, and took first in 11 out of 16 events.
Sophomore Chelsea Rolin led the Scarlet Knights with two individual titles Friday in a home victory against Wagner. Rolin also capured as a member of the Rutgers 200-yard medley relay.
As the Rutgers women’s swimming and diving team comes off its season-opening sweep, Scarlet Knights head coach Phil Spiniello knows his team still needs to work hard to take advantage of the momentum generated by last weekend’s quad-meet victory. “We have been making improvements from last weekend and have been working on things that will make us successful down the road,” Spiniello said.
The Big?East named junior Trisha Averill its Female Swimmer of the Week after she won four individual races and two relays at Rutgers’ Big?East quad-meet sweep.
While the East Coast could not escape Saturday’s snowstorm, the Rutgers swimming and diving team managed to make the best of it. The Scarlet Knights swept all three participating schools in this weekend’s Big East quad meet in Storrs, Conn. “I thought it was a great start to our season,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “We had a lot of good swimming and diving for the month of October.
Senior Trisha Averill led the Scarlet Knights with four first-place finishes in their quad meet at Connecticut. She captured the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM on Day 1, while she took two more first-place efforts on the meet’s second day.
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 successful program.