PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 16, 2012) – In the first day of action at the Frank Elm Invite at RU Aquatic Center, Rutgers sits in second place with 411 points on the day.
Villanova currently sits in the top spot, and behind Rutgers is West Chester University (395.5), Johns Hopkins University (368) and rounding out the pack for the day is Drexel (208).
“We’re off to a good start, and I really like the way the team is competing today,” said head swimming coach Phil Spiniello. “We need to work on some things, but I’m confident we’re going to come back tomorrow even stronger.”
In the first finals action, freshmen Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) and Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) were joined by juniors Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) and Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada), to make up the Rutgers ‘A’ squad who finished third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.64). The RU ‘B’ crew comprised of freshman Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.), sophomore Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada), junior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), and sophomore Caroline Carlisle (Holly Springs, N.C.) also grabbed points in an eighth place finish for the Scarlet Knights, touching in at 1:40.90.
Wu had a career evening, finishing the 500 freestyle in 4:57.90, a lifetime-best finish for the Washington native. Also in the event’s finals was senior captain Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.) who touched at 5:06.23, Rolin (5:04.92), Guinee (5:07.68) and Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) who finished in 5:09.09.
The Rutgers women next hit the water for the 200 IM finals, where freshman Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) finished fourth in the finals with a time of 2:07.72. She was followed by teammate Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) who came in just behind at 2:07.84, good for fifth place. Sophomore transfer Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) finished 13th with a time of 2:11.41, and Victoria Maqueda rounded out the Rutgers swimmers with a 2:18.47 finish.
In the 50 free finals, Moser sprinted in with a third place finish (24.00) for the Scarlet Knights, while Newton and Gibson-Brokop came in with times of 24.63 and 25.19, respectively. Junior Kara Millaci (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) also competed in the finals and touched at 26.69.
In the final event of the evening, RU’s ‘A’ squad took second place in the 400 medley relay. The Wu, Leberfinger, Moser, and Rolin team touched in at 3:52.77 and the ‘B’ crew of Pfaff, Perrotti, Guinee, and Coyne finished with a time of 3:55.92.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. tomorrow for prelims, followed by the divers who hit the pool around 1 p.m. Finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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