HAARISONBURG, Va. (January 20, 2012) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team’s undefeated season ended at seven meets, as the Scarlet Knights dropped their first meet of 2011-12, 161-139, to James Madison on Friday at Savage Natatorium. RU placed first in eight of 16 events, including three top-finishes by Trisha Averill (Renton, Wash.).
“I’m very proud of this team for fighting from the start of the meet until the last race was over,” head coach Phil Spiniello said. “Although we came up a few points short, we competed well today in swimming and diving, with some good midseason results.
“Now our focus shifts to the Richmond meet tomorrow,” Phil continued. “It is a tough turn around, but we are ready for the challenge.”
After a silver in the 200 medley relay by the team of Brianne Lindblad (Kent, Wash.), Averill, Taylor Curado (Highlands, Colo.) and Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) and a fourth-place performance by Michelle Berman (LaMirada, Calif.) in the 100 freestyle, the Scarlet Knights took gold in four-straight events. Jacquelyn Ward (Berlin, N.J.) kicked it off in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:51.52, followed by Courtney Sepich (Ocean City, N.J.) in third, Megan Caylor (Kenmore, Wash.) in fourth and Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) in fifth.
Lindblad logged her first of two top-finishes on the afternoon in the next event - the 100 backstroke – with a time of 57.33. Averill took her first gold in the 100 breaststroke, with Emile Kaufman (Bothell, Wash.) taking third place.
In the short distance freestyle events, Rutgers placed third (Curado) and fourth (Sepich) in the 50 and second (Moser) and fourth (Rolin), before finishing in the top-two in the 200 backstroke (Lindblad, Sepich) and the 200 breaststroke (Averill, Kaufman). Averill and Kaufman also finished first and third, respectively, in the 200 IM.
RU swept the butterfly with a top-finish by Curado in the 100 fly (56.85) and Ward in the 200 fly (2:05.51).
Rutgers finished the afternoon with the 400 freestyle relay, placing in second, touching in at 3:30.92.
In diving action, Nicole Scott (Toronto, ON, Canada) and Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the one-meter board. Scott added a third place finish in the three-meter event, tallying 298.57.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, Jan. 21 against Richmond. The meet is set for noon at Robins Center Natatorium.