PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 18, 2013) In day one of a competition weekend for the undefeated Rutgers swimming and diving team, the Scarlet Knights hosted Central Connecticut State and Richmond on Friday at the RU Aquatic Center. RU topped both teams, finishing with a 164-135 win over Richmond, and a 219-80 victory over Central Connecticut State.
“The women were ready to swim and dive from the beginning,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “They set the tempo early on with the medley relay, and carried it throughout the meet. I’m happy to come out with two wins, but the focus now turns to the JMU meet tomorrow.”
In the first swim of the afternoon, the Rutgers ‘B’ squad featuring Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), and Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) made a solid start and touched in first with a time of 1:45.30. The ‘A’ crew composed of Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.), Victoria Maqueda (Los Alamos, N.M.), Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.), and Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) came in fourth under two Richmond squads with a time of 1:47.97.
In the 1000 Freestyle, RU sophomore Caroline Carlisle (Holly Springs, N.C.), came in the four spot with a 10:34.51 finish and Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) touched just after with a time of 10:42.00.
Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) and Moser made their mark for the RU team in the 200 freestyle event, coming in second and third with times of 1:54.18 and 1:54.38, respectively.
Freshman Wu secured not only the top spot, but also a best time in the 100 backstroke after touching in at a blistering 55.61, topping her previous best of 55.68. Classmate Pfaff took a third place finish (57.26) while Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) came in with a 1:00.71 time.
The Scarlet Knights made a presence in the 100 breaststroke, with Leberfinger finishing second in 1:05.31 and Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) touching just after at 1:06.01. Maqueda came in just over a second later with a 1:07.36 finish. All three RU swimmers bettered their times from their last bout of competition in December, and both Leberfinger and Perrotti recorded season bests on the day.
RU was also well represented in the 200 butterfly as Guinee took had a top finish with a 2:03.52 time. Senior captain Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.) touched in fourth at 2:08.91 while frosh Casey Penrose (Tacoma, Wash.) finished fifth at 2:10.35. Junior Kara Millaci (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) finished the 200 fly with a time of 2:17.02.
In the 50 free finals, freshman Scarlet Knight Coyne grabbed a season best finish as she touched second in 24.49. She was followed shortly after by classmate Newton with a 24.83 mark and then Rolin with a 24.84 finish.
Coyne had another top-three finish as she touched third in 52.95 in the 100 freestyle finals. Moser and Rolin also represented RU with times of 53.28 and 55.64.
To keep the Scarlet Knights on top, Wu came in ahead of the pack with a 2:01.25 finish in the 200 backstroke. Pfaff was second to touch in at 2:05.65 and Gibson-Brokop came in sixth at 2:11.43.
Leberfinger grabbed a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke event with a 2:21.54 time. Perrotti grabbed another season best finish with a 2:23.31 touch, good for third. To round out the RU swimmers, Maqueda finished in 2:28.03.
Wu took home her third top personal finish of the day in the 500 freestyle event with a 5:00.77 touch. Teammate Guinee came in fourth with a 5:08.10 mark, followed by Lee (5:19.21) and Carlisle (5:19.84).
Coming in second in the 100 butterfly was Guinee who touched at 56.65, bettering her season best by almost a second. She was followed behind by Newton (58.65) and Millaci who touched in at 1:02.69
In the final solo event of the day, Pfaff had another top RU finish with a 4:27.13 mark in the 400 IM, yet another season best for the freshman. Zafir came in right behind with a 4:28.55 finish, securing the two spot for the Scarlet Knights. Perrotti and Penrose also swam in the finals with times of 4:38.08 and 4:45.59, respectively.
To round out the swimming portion of the afternoon, the RU ‘A’ squad comprised of Coyne, Moser, Gibson-Brokop, and Newton finished second with a 3:36.18 mark.
RU swept the one-meter diving event, as senior captain Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) finished six dives with a 274.70 mark, followed by Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) who scored a 269.30 mark, and finally Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) who scored a 247.75 who finished third. Olivia Harry (Rumson, N.J.) finished sixth on the day with a score of 216.45.
The Scarlet Knight divers also took the top two spots in the three-meter event as Scott turned out a 311.40 finish followed directly behind by Honey with a 282.00 mark. Harry finished her dives with a score of 204.25.
Rutgers is back in action tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. as it hosts JMU at the RU Aquatic Center.