PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 20, 2012) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team earned 15 first-place finishes and took the top spot in all four relay events at its annual Sonny Werblin Invitational at RU Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday. Junior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) and freshman Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) led the charge, each winning three events.
“This was a good start to our season,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “I am happy with the swimming and diving results at this point in the season. We are walking away from this meet with a lot of positives and also a lot of things we need to continue to work on and get better.”
Moser touched the wall ahead of all opponents in the 50 freestyle (24.10), the 100 free (51.99) and the 100 butterfly (57.12). Wu registered first-place finishes in the 500 free (5:01.96), the 100 backstroke (57.10) and the 200 backstroke (2:03.41).
Freshman Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) followed Moser and Wu, posting two top rankings, one in the 200 butterfly (2:09.01) and one in the 200 IM (2:07.86). Five more swimmers grabbed first place. Seniors Victoria Maqueda (Los Alamos, N.M.) and Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.) touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.82) and the 400 IM (4:31.58), respectively.
Sophomores Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) and Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) notched top finishes, with Leberfinger taking the 200 breaststroke (2:23.64) and Lee recording the 1650 freestyle (17:32.60) victory. Junior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) tallied a time of 1:57.81 to win the 200 free competition.
In diving action, junior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) totaled 290.02 points and 309.20 points to earn first place in the one meter and three meter events, respectively.
Rutgers next competes on Friday, Oct. 26 against Wagner in RU Aquatic Center at 4 p.m.
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