EAST MEADOW, NY - For the second consecutive year, the Rutgers women’s swimming and diving team finished second at the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships, which were held this year at the Nassau County Aquatics Center. The Scarlet Knights won a total of five events this year, and following the meet Rutgers’ seventh-year head coach Chuck Warner was named Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and third time in his tenure. The team garnered 551 points to finish behind Notre Dame, which won its eighth consecutive championship. The men’s squad had a strong final day to finish fourth with 423 points, while Pittsburgh captured its eighth straight title.
The Scarlet Knight women broke two more school records today, to bring their three-day total to five. Sophomore All-American Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) set a school and conference record, and registered an automatic NCAA qualifying time, with her victory in the 200 back (1:55.76). She also anchored the first-place, school record setting 400 free relay (3:21.30) with senior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO), junior Kelly Roche (Redding, CA) and freshman Sarah Gault (Chateauguay, Quebec).
Wick (50.21) and Roche (50.57) went 2-3 in the 100 free with NCAA B cuts, while senior Liz Carter (West Covina, CA) finished fifth in the 1650 free with a personal best time of 16:50.18.
The men’s 400 free relay team of senior Matt Campbell (Haddonfield,
NJ), sophomore Ryan Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ), freshman Zach Coppa (Westfield,
NJ) and junior Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) also set a school record with an
NCAA B cut time of 2:59.12. Matt Campbell’s split of 44.32 broke his
own school record, which he had established with his third-place finish in
the open 100 earlier in the day. Morse followed Campbell in fourth place (44:49).
Sophomore Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) rounded out the scoring for the Scarlet
Knights with his second-place finish in the 200 fly (1:49.17).
Seniors Jared Bench (West Babylon, NY) and Kelly Gerhardstein (Sandusky, OH) and freshman Meghan Senso (Neenah, WI) and Sharon Fish (Northbrook, IL) will head to the NCAA Diving Regionals from Thursday to Saturday, March 11-13, while members of the women’s team will go to the NCAA Championships from Thursday to Saturday, March 18-20, in College Station, TX, and members of the men’s team will head up to Long Island, NY, for the Men’s NCAA Championship from Thursday to Saturday, March 25-27.