CORAL GABLES, FL - The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams got 2004 off to a good start by sweeping BIG EAST rival Miami and Big Ten foe Michigan State in Coral Gables, FL, on Friday, Jan. 2. The men (4-0, 2-0 BIG EAST) defeated Michigan State 133-110, while the women (5-0, 3-0 BIG EAST) defeated Miami 139.5-99.5 and Michigan State 128.5-110.
For the men, junior Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) had an outstanding afternoon with first-place finishes in the 100 free (46.45) and the 200 free (1:41.78). Senior Matt Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) continued his domination of the 50 free with another first-place finish (20.98), and junior Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) took the 100 back with a time of 52.46. In the 100 fly, sophomore Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) and senior William Dennis (West Long Branch, NJ) helped key the victory by finishing first (52.16) and second (52.39), respectively.
Senior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) helped lead the way for the women, finishing first in the 100 (53.26) and 200 free (1:54.89). Wick also swam on the victorious 400 free relay (3:37.65) along with junior Kelly Roche (Redding, CA) and freshmen Annie Goldstein (Barrington, RI) and Sarah Bicknell (Pleasant Valley, IA). Sophomore All-American Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) won both the 200 IM (2:08.19) and the 100 fly (56.25), while freshman Allyson Parent (Glens Falls, NY) took first in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.64
The next BIG EAST action for both teams will come on Saturday, Jan. 17 when St. John’s and Seton Hall visit the Sonny Werblin Center in Piscataway, NJ.