Members of the Rutgers University sailing team sail their boats on the Raritan, where their boathouse is located. The 15-member team competes in regattas every weekend between September and November.
Hurricane Sandy, which struck the shore of New Jersey in October 2012, caused massive destruction leading to the displacement of many houses.
Sophomore jumper Ryan North said that the most difficult part of transitioning from the indoor to outdoor season is dealing with variables such as weather and differing track surfaces.
Sophomore Anthony Perrotti placed third at the EIWA Championships this past weekend at 157 pounds. Perrotti finished the season with an 18-12 record, which earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with his finish at the conference tournament.
Senior Vinnie Dellefave finished outside of the top three at the EIWA Championships at 133 pounds. The fourth-place finish meant that Dellefave needed an at-large bid for the NCAAs.
Freshman Tyson Dippery finished in sixth place and was on the outside of automatic qualification following the EIWAs. Dippery failed to receive an at-large bid at 141 pounds after finishing his season 24-14.
Sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith was the runner-up this past weekend at 285 pounds at the EIWA Championships. Smith compiled a 25-6 (13-2) record entering the NCAA Championships next weekend. Smith went 3-1 during last weekend’s conference championships.
Assistant coach John Leonardis said Smith was disappointed with finishing in second place at the EIWA Championships, but it will not matter if he is crowned an All-American.
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Head coach Scott Goodale said the expectations for the four qualifiers is to reach the podium to be crowned All-Americans at the NCAA Championships next week.
Sophomore Ken Theobold placed third at the EIWA Championships this past weekend after going 4-1. Theobold has a 22-12 record entering the NCAA Championships next week. Theobold recorded two wins by fall during last weekend’s conference tournament.
Assistant coach and four-time All-American Frank Molinaro said that sophomore Ken Theobold is capable of becoming an All-American at 149 pounds next week.
Junior decathlete Mike Fritz, along with junior jumper Corey Crawford, add experience to a young roster entering the spring.
Sophomore 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti taunts the large Cornell crowd in attendance at the EIWA Championships yesterday after finishing third. After finishing the season 13-11, Perrotti placed in the top five to ink his NCAA Championships spot.
Head coach Mike Mulqueen said Rutgers does not know much about the competition in the AAC, but realizes the programs have strong personnel.
Redshirt 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault has been unable to wrestle unattached from Rutgers due to an injury. He last wrestled Nov. 10 in the Bearcat Open.
Junior decathlete Mike Fritz said assistant coach Robert Farrell brings in a different coaching style that helps field athletes.
Junior decathlete Mike Fritz said he always knew junior jumper Corey Crawford was capable of record-breaking jumps.
Junior jumper Corey Crawford broke his own record with 7.97m in the long jump.
Junior Corey Crawford said he is confident everyone will handle individual responsibilities and RU will succeed as a result.