PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 27, 2012) – Rutgers swimming and diving returns home to host its final meet of the regular season, a tri-meet against Fordham and Rider, Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m., inside the RU Aquatics Center. The men’s teams for Rider and Fordham will also face off against each other on Saturday afternoon.
“We are looking forward to our final meet of the season in preparation for the BIG EAST Championships,” head coach Phil Spiniello said. “It will be fun to honor our seniors and hopefully send them out with a pair of wins.”
Saturday’s meet will be broadcast live on AT&T’s RVision, with Danny Breslauer and Linda Tate calling the action.
The Scarlet Knights (7-2, 4-0 BIG EAST) return to the water after a tough weekend, dropping a pair of dual meets to James Madison and Richmond. Despite falling 161-139, to James Madison on Friday, RU earned first place in eight of 16 events, with three top finishes by Trisha Averill (Renton, Wash.).
In the 200 freestyle, Jacquelyn Ward (Berlin, N.J.) clocked in at 1:51.52 for a first-place showing, 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 place.
Brianne Lindblad (Kent, Wash.) swept the backstroke events, grabbing gold in the 100 and 200, while Taylor Curado (Highlands, Colo.) and Ward took first in the 100 and 200 butterfly, respectively.
Rutgers resumed action at Robins Center Natatorium Saturday afternoon, falling to Richmond 163-135. On the boards, the Scarlet Knights finished in the first three spots in the one-meter events and took the top-four spots on the three-meter board. Katie Kearney’s (Mahwah, N.J.) 264.70 points was good enough for first in the one meter, while Nicole Scott (Toronto, ON, Canada) posted 287.32 points for gold in three meter action.
Fordham completed a weekend sweep of Iona and La Salle, defeating the Gaels 184-59, finishing first in 12 of 13 events. The Rams returned to action on Saturday, holding off LaSalle for a 160-140 victory.
Fordham’s weekend was highlighted by senior diver Andrea Krok – this week’s Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week – who won three of four diving events in the Rams’ two meets over the weekend, breaking her own school record and qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship in the three-meter dive.
Rider defeated Fairfield on Saturday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup. Sophomore Melanie Leonhard won the 200 and 400 freestyle, while junior Kelly O’Connor took first in the 200 butterfly and the 200 backstroke.
RU will recognize its six seniors – Averill, Michelle Berman (LaMirada, Calif.), Caylor, Samantha Curham (Warren, N.J.), Lindblad and Ward.
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