PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 19, 2012) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team puts its undefeated run in dual meets on the line this weekend against James Madison and Richmond. RU will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., on Friday, Jan. 20, for a 2 p.m. dual meet at the Savage Natatorium. The Scarlet Knights will return to action Saturday, Jan. 21 as they take on the Richmond Spiders at noon inside Robins Center Natatorium.
"The road trip this weekend will be great preparation for the BIG EAST Championship Meet,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “Our swimmers and divers will be facing high level competition on both Friday at JMU and Saturday at Richmond. The team is well aware that we will need to swim and dive to the best of our ability in order to hang with these tough teams. It should be a fun weekend."
RU kicked off the second half of its season on Sunday, Jan. 15 with a 155-83 win against Bucknell at Kinney Natatorium. The victory brought the Scarlet Knights to an unbeaten 7-0 for the season – their first seven win campaign since 2005-06. Rutgers touched the wall first in 10 of the 11 races against the Bison, and swept both the one and three meter boards.
In diving action, Nicole Scott (Toronto, ON, Canada) won both diving events, earning 283.15 points in the one-meter and 290.60 the three-meter.
The Scarlet Knights were dominant in the short distance freestyle events, with Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) taking first place in the 100 and 200 freestyle and RU swimmers placing in the first four spots of the 50 free. RU also represented strongly in the 200 backstroke, collecting points on all four of the top finishers.
JMU improved its record over the weekend to 12-2, as the Dukes swept a four team dual meet – defeated American 182-86, Georgetown 175-113, and Virginia Military Insititute185-53 – on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Dukes won 15 of the 16 events over their competitors Saturday afternoon. The swimmers were paced by two sophomores, Kelsey Holmgard and Shannon Dubay, who both won two events each. The Dukes also claimed eight of the nine finishers in the two diving events, including earning the top-four places in the one-meter dive.
Richmond kicked off 2012 with a victory over Villanova (187-162), while falling to Pittsburgh (240-113) and Maryland (242.5-104.5), at Pitt’s quad dual meet held on Saturday, Jan. 14. Sophomore Mali Kobelja finished second in the 400 IM, and took gold in the 200 IM. Kobelja captured third in the 200 breast, winning the opening heat of the race. Four Spiders also touched in for top-three finishes over the weekend.