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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.
Mary Moser was one of three Rutgers freshmen to impress this
weekend at the Rutgers Invitational, as she delivered a season-high
time of 1
The Rutgers swimming and diving team concludes another grueling
regular season this weekend at home in the newly renamed Rutgers
Senior diver Jen Betz and the Scarlet Knights prepare for their
last meet at the RU'Aquatic Center tomorrow, when Rutgers hosts
five teams in preparation for the Big East Championships. The
senior captain won the three meter this season against three
Winter break may have been a relaxing time for some, but it was
no vacation for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. The team
remained busy with a training trip to Indian Shores, Fla., and a
loss against Maryland, 180-119, on Jan. 8 in Annapolis, Md.
Junior Jacquelyn Ward placed first in the 200-meter individual
medley after finishing the event in 2
The rest of the school may get nearly a month off during winter
break, but for a team with Big East Championship aspirations, there
is no vacation.