EAST MEADOW, NY - After two days of the 2004 BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center, the Rutgers women’s swimming and diving team is in second place with 419 points, while the men’s team stands in fourth with 315 points. Defending champion Notre Dame leads the women’s competition with 503.5 points and Pittsburgh is out ahead of the men’s field with 534 points.
Sophomore All-American Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) helped the women’s team keep pace by winning the 100 back (55:07), while anchoring the victorious 800 free relay (7:18.71) of senior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO), junior Kelly Roche (Redding, CA) and sophomore Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY) to an NCAA B cut. She also led off the second-place 200 medley relay (1:42.73) of freshman Sarah Gault (Chateauguay, Quebec), Dean and Roche which finished with an NCAA B cut.
Wick contributed an important second-place finish in the 200 free (1:48.49)
and also registered an NCAA B cut in the process. Roche took fourth in the
event with a 1:50.83.
Sophomore Katie Kuczmarkski (Wilmington, DE) was able to score valuable points with a fifth-place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.95).
Junior Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) broke his own school record in the 200 free to register a second-place finish (1:37.99). Junior Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) had a solid race in the 100 back (51.11), finishing eighth, and led off the third-place 800 free relay (1:30.12) of senior Nathan Ilnicki (Crescent, PA), sophomore Ryan Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) and senior Matt Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ).
In diving, senior Jared Bench (West Babylon, NY) took third in the one-meter dive with a 308.75. For the women, senior Kelly Gerhardstein (Sandusky, OH) and freshman Meghan Senso (Neenah, WI) took fifth (391.20) and sixth (362.45), respectively, in the three-meter dive.
The 2004 BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships conclude tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y. DAY 2 RESULTS