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Women's 2003-04 Outlook
  • Posted on October 24, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • The women's team will be very young this season as ten seniors graduated last spring, costing the women's squad depth, quality national performers and leadership. However, one of the premier swimmers in Rutgers history, Casmera Wick, will be returning for her fifth year and will serve as co-captain. Wick will join co-captains Jillian Zebeck and Kelly Gerhardstein, as well as senior teammates Samantha Caetano and Liz Carter to lead the squad. The addition of seven capable freshman will be a great addition to the women's fortunes.

    Sprint Freestyle: The freestyle will be in good shape with senior Casmera Wick and junior Kelly Roche as the team's top guns in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. Junior Ruth Nichols looks to fulfill her promise as a Big East finalist, and versatile freshman Sarah Gault should contribute both during the season and on championship relays.

    Middle Distance Freestyle: These events have been a traditional strength for Rutgers, and the 2003-04 season should be no different. Sophomore sensation Kelly Harrigan will join Wick, Roche and senior Samantha Caetano who all have national level experience. A key to the Knights' fortunes may be the return of a healthy junior Molly Jones. Jones earned honorable-mention all-American status during her freshman year. Freshman Sarah Bicknell and Annie Goldstein will also be key contributors.

    Distance Freestyle: This will be senior Liz Carter's year to reign as distance swimming queen at Rutgers. Carter has been one of the most accomplished Scarlet Knight performers over the last few years at the conference level and has narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships on several occasions. Liz will have help from a variety of teammates.

    Backstroke: One of the most improved areas of the squad this year will be the backstroke events. Conference record holder Harrigan, former school record holder senior Jillian Zebeck and sophomore Allie Dean will have the support of three talented freshman. Laura Fabiano, Annie Goldstein and Allyson Parent all had excellent summers and look to make an impact on this year's team.

    Breaststroke: Returning in the breaststroke events is school record holder, sophomore Katie Kuczmarski. Kuczmarski narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA championships last year. She will have her school records and relay positions challenged by freshman Sarah Gault.

    Butterfly: If the team's depth can be matched by quality, Rutgers will be in great shape at the butterfly. The question will be how much conference finalist Dean and freshman compatriots Gault, Bicknell, Fabiano and Parent will improve this year. Carter and Harrigan will also see butterfly action in key dual meet situations.

    Individual Medley: The individual medley events will be led by Carter and Dean. Gault, Fabiano, Parent and sophomore Rebecca Schofield will all look to contribute.

    Diving: This year, diving will be as strong as it has ever been. Senior Kelly Gerhardstein, the school record holder, is coming off of a tremendous season and is working her way toward national level competition. Sophomore Erica Moreland is a tough competitor and will be joined by talented freshmen Meghan Senso and Sharon Fish. The foursome will make-up the deepest and most talented diving contingent in school history.

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