Rutgers places high at 2018 Junior Championships
This past weekend in Greensboro, N.C., at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships, two members of the Rutgers swimming and diving team competed against the best of the country’s swimmers aged 18 and under.
The Scarlet Knights' duo of freshmen Kasja Dymek and Nora Woods performed well.
Dymek placed 10th in the 200-yard butterfly event this past weekend. She originally qualified for the event with a preliminary heat time of 1:59.93.
Dymek shaved time off her preliminary heat with a time of 1:59.50, earning her fastest time of the season. She was .08 seconds away from securing a spot in the finals round.
Head coach Jon Maccoll was very proud of how Dymek performed this weekend. Even though she performed well, Maccoll still had some thoughts on how she could improve in the future.
“She was out too fast even though she went out the correct way," Maccoll said. "She is not used to it, but over time will adjust.”
Although Woods did not compete in the finals round, she participated in the preliminary heats. In the 100-yard breaststroke, she had a time of 1:06.10, and in the 200-yard breaststroke, she had a time of 2:22.79.
Even though she did not qualify for any final events, Wood’s performance was still noteworthy, Maccoll said.
“She broke her hand and for breaststrokers this is important. She missed the first half of the season," Maccoll said. "Her feel for the water is improving, she is starting to get back in the swing of things."
After this weekend, it is evident that Rutgers has a great freshmen class. Both Dymek and Woods are excellent in areas of a roster that is already spectacular.
It is clear that the Knights have a strong all-around group of swimmers. This strength has helped the propel themselves to be undefeated.
With this meet completed, Rutgers' first half of the season is now over. The Knights will take trips to compete to Puerto Rico and Southern California for practice. As they are undefeated on the season, the success Rutgers has had is a good indicator of what the team can expect to face later on in the season.
As this season reaches its midpoint, it is important for the Knights to improve in the future.
“It’s hard to be nit-picky, we're undefeated, we've won all our meets against Brown. The divers have been amazing. I think it’s been too easy, I think we should have a little more competition to get more of a feeling for what is to come this year," Maccoll said. "I think they are starting to get it. I think they know they're good, but I don't know. I think they know that they are great."
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