PRINCETON, N.J. (December 4, 2011) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team finished second at the Big Al Open over the weekend, racking up 638 points, trailing only the host Princeton (1103.5). Patrisha Averill (Renton, Wash.) set a new school record in the 200 breaststroke, taking second place with a time of 2:15.23. In diving action, the Scarlet Knights took the top-three spots in the platform event.
“I am extremely happy with our second place team finish at this meet,” head coach Phil Spiniello said. “This was a lot of great competition and I am proud of the team for fighting until the last event was over. It was a total team effort. Congratulations to Trish Averill for a new school record in the 200 breast and a big shout out to coach Woodruff and the divers for an awesome job on the boards.”
On day two, RU’s 200 medley relay team of Brianne Lindblad (Kent, Wash.), Taylor Curado (Highlands, Colo.), Averill and Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) touched the wall at 1:45.73 for a third place finish. In the 800 freestyle relay, Jacquelyn Ward (Berlin, N.J.), Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.), Rolin and Emile Kaufman (Bothell, Wash.) placed fourth (7:34.26).
The Scarlet Knights put two in the top-eight in the 100 fly and the 100 breast. Curado swam the fly in 56.70 finishing in the fifth spot, while Kaufman placed eighth with a time of 57.40. Averill took fourth in the breast, clocking in at 1:04.38, followed by Kaufman in eighth (1:05.42).
In the one meter diving event, Nicole Scott (Toronto, ON, Canada) totaled 262.25 points for a second place finish. Carissa Santora (Somers Point, N.J.) took the fourth spot (256.30), while Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) finished sixth (243.15).
On day three, Scott led the pack in the platform event with 235.65 points. Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) was the next closest with 195.85 points, followed by Valentina Gordon (Metuchen, N.J.) in the third spot.
Rutgers took a pair of sixth place finishes in the 200 backstroke and the 100 freestyle. Lindblad touched the wall in the backstroke at 2:05.78, while Ward swam the freestyle in 51.89. Ward also added a fourth place finish in the 200 fly (2:03.80).
Moser, Rolin, Ward and Cuardo teamed up to place fifth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:29.98.
The Scarlet Knights swimming and diving team is off until Jan. 15 when it travels to take on Bucknell.
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