Event introduces new swimmers to Rutgers program

<p>Shayna Longacre, who won All-Big East honors last season in the
100-yard breaststroke, took part in Rutgers' Alumni &amp; Parent
Gala.</p>

Shayna Longacre, who won All-Big East honors last season in the 100-yard breaststroke, took part in Rutgers' Alumni & Parent Gala.


The Rutgers swimming and diving team hosted its third annual Alumni & Parent Gala on Saturday as part of the Homecoming festivities. The event took place three hours before the football team's 17-14 loss to Tulane and served as a banquet for the 2009 squad as well.

The gala marks the first action of the season for the Scarlet Knights, who next hit the pool for their annual Intrasquad Meet on Oct. 15 at the RU Aquatic Center.

The team heads into the 2010-11 campaign under the tutelage of new head coach Phil Spiniello, who took over the job on July 7 after athletic director Tim Pernetti declined to renew former head coach Chuck Warner's contract. The Knights only have three meets away from the Banks this season and don't leave the RU Aquatic Center until Nov. 13, when the squad faces off against West Virginia. The squad hosts the Rutgers Invitational on Jan. 21.


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