PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 24, 2012) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team will host its first dual meet of the year against Wagner this Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. in the RU Aquatics Center. RU kicked off the 2012-13 season last weekend with a promising performance at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center Invite. The Scarlet Knights were led by junior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) and freshman Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.).
“The team is excited to open up our dual meet season on Friday, we always like to swim and dive at home. This will be a great first test for the team to see where we are at this point in the season,” said head coach Phil Spiniello.
Rutgers’ overall strong performance in the Sonny Werblin Recreation Invite was made up of 15 first-place finishes and top finishes in all four relays. Moser and Wu each took gold in three events on the weekend. 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).
Following Moser and Wu, freshman Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) posted two top rankings, one in the 200 butterfly (2:09.01) and one in the 200 IM (2:07.86). Other top finishes included seniors Victoria Maqueda (Los Alamos, N.M.) and Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.) in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.82) and the 400 IM (4:31.58), respectively.
The Scarlet Knights look to build off the momentum from last weekend in this Friday’s meet with Wagner. The Seahawks have dropped their first three dual meets of the year to Long Island University-Post (104-155), Vermont (121-177), and Bryant (111-151).
Wagner freshman Amanda Lucia has had an impressive start to her career, most notably in the Bryant meet, after finishing first and setting a pool record in the 200 butterfly (2:07.57). Not only did Lucia win the event for the second week in a row, but she bested her time from her previous swim by over two seconds.
Junior Alexandra Cooney has also posted top finishes for Wagner, touching first in freestyle events for three straight weeks.
Last year Rutgers out-swam the Seahawks with a final score of 165-121 and won 11 out of 16 events. The 2011 dual saw nine different RU members take home first place finishes.
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