PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each garnered a pair of BIG EAST victories with dominating wins over St. John’s and Seton Hall on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Sonny Werblin Center. The men (6-0, 4-0 BIG EAST) defeated the Pirates 198-106 and the Red Storm 175-107, while the women (8-0, 5-0 BIG EAST) were victorious over Seton Hall 187-112 and St. John’s 174-107.
Senior Jared Bench (West Babylon, NY) broke the school record in the 1-meter dive with a six-dive score of 320.62. Senior Matt Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) continued his unbeaten streak this season in the 50 free (20.18) and joined senior teammates Nathan Ilnicki (Crencent, PA) and Tim Whelen (Budd Lake, NJ) and sophomore Ryan Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) in winning the 200 medley relay (1:34.86).
Junior Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) was a double winner with victories in the 100 fly (50.46) and the 200 free (1:40.70). Several other Scarlet Knights registered victories, including sophomore Tyler Clark (Grenada Hills, CA) in the 200 fly (1:53.09), senior Bill Dennis (West Long Branch, NJ) in the 200 breast (2:08.29) and sophomore Chris Farrell (Aberdeen, NJ) in the 1650 free (16:32.91).
For the women, freshman diver Sharon Fish (Northbrook, IL) broke the school record in the 1-meter dive with a score of 292.94. Senior Liz Carter (West Covina, CA) had a big day as she won three events, taking the 1000 free (10:32.62), the 200 breast (2:28.06) and the 1650 free (17:24.90).
The team featured a trio of double winners in individual events. Senior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) took the 200 free (1:52.76) and the 500 free (5:06.67). Sophomore All-American Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) was victorious in the 100 free (52.62) and the 100 fly (56.97), while fellow sophomore Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY) won the 200 fly (2:08.40) and the 200 back (2:08.73).
The men will return to the pool on Friday, Jan. 23, at 5:00 p.m. to face Columbia at the Sonny Werblin Center. The men and women will travel to University Park, PA, on Saturday, Jan. 31, to face Big Ten power Penn State. RESULTS