PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 19, 2013) - In the second meet of the weekend for the Rutgers swimming and diving team, the Scarlet Knights were handed their first loss of the season at the hands of James Madison on Saturday morning. RU used its momentum coming off wins over Richmond (164-135) and Central Connecticut State (219-80) from Friday to keep the Scarlet Knights in the face, but was defeated 165-135 in the end.
"I'm really proud of the way our women swam and dove today," said head coach Phil Spiniello. "We showed some great signs in both swimming and diving that are going to set us up for a great BIG EAST Championship meet."
To kick off the morning, the Rutgers ‘A’ squad featuring Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), and Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) grabbed the first points of the day as they touched in second with a time of 1:45.55. The ‘B’ 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 a JMU squad with a time of 1:47.79.
In the 1000 Freestyle, RU senior captain Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.), came in the three spot with a 10:32.25 finish. Caroline Carlisle (Holly Springs, N.C.) and Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) followed behind with 10:41.93 and 10:47.61 times, respectively.
Wu grabbed the top finish in the 200 freestyle event with a 1:52.06 touch, a reoccurring trend for the freshman. Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) also added points for the RU team in the 200 freestyle, coming in third with a 1:54.72 mark.
Freshman Pfaff had an impressive swim in the 100 backstroke, topping all competitors with a 56.86 time, bettering her mark from yesterday by over a second and notching a personal best on the season. Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) added points for the Scarlet Knights with a 1:00.22 time.
A solid RU 100 breaststroke trio helped push the Scarlet Knights ahead, with Leberfinger finishing second in 1:05.19, a new season best for the sophomore. Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) touched just after Leberfinger at 1:06.25, followed by Maqueda just over a second later with a 1:07.54 finish.
RU garnered another first place finish in the 200 butterfly as Guinee came in with a 2:04.59 time. Freshman Casey Penrose (Tacoma, Wash.) finished fifth at 2:12.84. Junior Kara Millaci (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) finished the 200 with a time of 2:17.53.
In the 50 free finals, junior Scarlet Knight Moser notched a second place finish as she touched second in 24.21. Next to the wall was Coyne with a 24.66 mark and then Rolin with 25.09.
In the 100 freestyle finals, the Scarlet Knights grabbed the 2,3,4 spots with Wu touching in at 52.92, Moser at 53.06, and Coyne at 53.54.
Pfaff continued to represent the Scarlet Knights well with her 2:04.82 top-spot finish in the 200 backstroke, blowing out her previous season-best time. Carlisle notched at fifth place finish (2:12.57) while Gibson-Brokop touched after at 2:15.58.
Leberfinger notched another season best time with a 2:20.74 nail-biting finish in the 200 breaststroke finals, good for first place. Perrotti also topped her previous season best time as she grabbed a third place finish with a 2:21.85 touch. Maqueda also swam the event with her teammates and finished in 2:30.66.
Wu took home yet another top finish of the day in the 500 freestyle event with a 5:02.07 touch. Zafir also brought home points for the Scarlet Knights with a 5:09.07 swim. She was followed behind by Lee who finished in 5:18.41.
For the second day in a row, Guinee had a second place finish in the 100 butterfly (57.08). Newton put up points for RU with a fifth place finish (59.30). Penrose tagged a 1:02.39 time and Millaci finished in 1:03.73.
In the final solo event of the day, Pfaff finished second with a time of 2:08.90 in the 200 IM. Leberfinger finished fourth (2:10.67), and Perrotti rounded out the RU group with a 2:11.83 time.
In the 400 freestyle relay the Moser, Coyne, Newton, Guinee crew took the two-spot after being edged in the last lap by a tough JMU squad (3:32.60). The ‘B’ squad containing Gibson-Brokop, Penrose, Carlisle, Rolin touched fourth at 3:41.23.
In diving action, sophomore Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) notched a 267.60 score, good for second place. RU junior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) finished her six dives with a 260.47 mark, and senior captain Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) finished six dives with a 254.69 mark. Olivia Harry (Rumson, N.J.) finished with a 217.87 score.
Mirroring yesterday’s results, the Scarlet Knight divers also took the top two spots in the three-meter event as Scott finished the event with a 301.05 score. Honey took second with a 297.46 mark, and Harry finished her dives with a score of 208.05.
RU is back in the pool next weekend as it hosts Fordham and Rider at 1:00p.m. at the RU Aquatic Center.