PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 1, 2012) Rutgers swimming and diving came home on top after a 204-79 win over George Washington and a 170-120 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday in Norfolk, Va.
“I was really happy with how we showed up today as a team,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “The divers go the ball rolling by sweeping both boards and the swimmers kept the momentum rolling. I think we laid the foundation in the first semester that we needed in order to accomplish our goals in the second semester.”
In relay action, the Rutgers teams finished 1-2 with the ‘B’ squad featuring Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), and Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) coming in first with a time of 1:45.20. The ‘A’ crew composed of Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.), Victoria Maqueda (Los Alamos, N.M.), Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.), and Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) came in just behind at 1:48.77.
In the 1000 Freestyle, RU junior Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada), came in the two spot with a 10:23.73 finish and Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) touched fourth with a time of 10:33.39.
Freshman Wu grabbed the top spot in the 200 freestyle event with a time of 1:52.33 and was followed by Coyne and Penrose who touched at 1:55.86 and 2:00.56, respectively.
Pfaff, Caroline Carlisle (Holly Springs, N.C), and Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) all competed in the finals of the 100 backstroke and finished 2,3,4 to add points to the RU victory. Pfaff touched at 57.60, Carlisle finished at 1:00.08, and Gibson-Brokop came in at 1:00.40.
The Scarlet Knights swept the 100 breaststroke, with Leberfinger finishing in 1:05.39, Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) touched in second at 1:06.03, and Maqueda came in with the bronze at 1:07.05.
RU was well represented in the 200 butterfly as Guinee touched in at 2:04.23 and senior captain Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.) came in third at 2:08.69. Penrose finished fourth at 2:10.98 and Kara Millaci (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) rounded out the RU swimmers with a 2:11.23 finish.
RU swept the top two spots in the 50 freestyle as Moser and Coyne touched 1-2 with times of 24.03 and 24.82 respectively. Gibson-Brokop and Olivia Harry (Rumson, N.J.) also swam the finals; Gibson-Brokop finished with a 25.59 touch and Harry finished in 26.16.
Moser took another first place finish in the 100 freestyle, finishing at 52.18. Rolin came in right behind with a 53.58 touch, and Newton finished seventh with a 54.48 time.
Sticking with the 1-2 scheme, Leberfinger and Perrotti finished the 200 breast race with gold and silver. Leberfinger came in at 2:21.43, while Perrotti was next in with a 2:24.70 touch.
Rolin joined three other RU swimmers in the 500 freestyle race, placing third with a time of 5:05. 96. She was followed by Zafir who touched sixth (5:09.46), Lee (5:16.58), and Penrose who finished at 5:20.91.
Coming in second in the 100 butterfly was Guinee who touched at 57.91. She was followed directly behind by Newton (59.15) and Pfaff (59.23). Millaci also swam the 100 butterfly and touched in at 59.83.
RU swept the one-meter diving event, as Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) finished six dives with a 282.45 mark, followed by Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) who scored a 249.67, while senior captain Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) finished third with a 242.84 mark, and Olivia Harry (Rumson, N.J.) finished fourth with a score of 205.34
The Scarlet Knight divers also swept the three-meter event as Scott (292.20), Honey (286.13) and Harry (196.04) took the top three spots for the day.
Rutgers is back in action in the New Year, as they host Richmond and Central Connecticut State on Friday, Jan. 18.