PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed the first day of the three-day Princeton Invitational with a very strong showing in a meet featuring top talent from both coasts.
Senior Matt Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) was victorious in the 50 free (20.26) while brother Ryan Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) was fifth (21.13). The duo also swam on the second-place 200 free relay (1:22.22) along with senior Nathan Ilnicki (Crencent, PA) and junior Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA). Several members of the men’s team reached BIG EAST qualifying times in the 500 free. Sophomore Jamie Miller (Hamburg, NY) placed fifth (4:35.24) and freshman Robert Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) placed 10th (4:37.90) to reach BIG EAST A cuts, while sophomore Chris Farrell (Aberdeen, NJ) placed 13th (4:43.25) and senior Bobby Binz (Woodbury, NJ) placed 19th (4:44.12) to achieve BIG EAST B times.
In the 200 IM, junior Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) was eighth (1:57.35) and Ilnicki was 10th (1:54.02). Van Norman and Ilnicki were joined on the third-place 400 medley relay (3:24.83) by Ryan and Matt Campbell.
On the women’s side, freshman Sarah Gault (Chateauguay, Quebec) finished third (23:71) in the 50 free to reach a BIG EAST A cut. Several other Rutgers swimmers also reached BIG EAST A qualifying times in the event, including junior Kelly Roche (Redding, CA), who was 11th (24.12) in the finals, and senior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) with a 24.09 and junior Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC) with a 24.09 in the prelims. Gault also competed in the 200 IM, finishing ninth (2:06.64).
In the 500 free, Sophomore Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) took fourth (4:50.04), while teammate, senior Samantha Caetano (Alameda, CA), was 12th (5:02.28). Both times were good for BIG EAST A cuts.
The women were also successful in the relays, with the team of Harrigan,
Gault, Wick and freshman Sarah Bicknell (Pleasant Valley, IA) taking second
in the 400 medley. Gault, Roche, Nichols and Wick placed second in the 200
free (1:34.53). RESULTS
The meet resumes tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 6, with the prelims at 11:00 a.m. and the finals at 7:00 p.m.