LEWISBURG, PA. (January 4, 2014) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team opened the 2014 calendar year with an impressive 184.5-110 road win over Bucknell University Saturday afternoon. RU secured 13 first place finishes of the day’s 16 events. Sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) and senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) each won three individual events and added a fourth first-place finish as members of the 200 yard medley relay to lead the Scarlet Knights,
“This was a good way to start off the second half of the season,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “I am happy with the results in both swimming and diving and look forward to continuing to work towards our goals at the American Athletic Conference Championship meet in February.”
Rutgers started off the day with a one-two finish in the 200 yard medley relay, as the squad of Wu, junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and Moser teamed up to finish in a first-place time of 1:46.76. Coming in a close second was the foursome of sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.), freshman Rachel Stoddard (Hillsborough, N.J.), sophomore Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.) and senior Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada), who clocked in at 1:49.32.
In the 200 freestyle, Rutgers also went one-two, with Moser claiming first place, followed by Pfaff in second. Moser added two additional first-place finishes in the 50 free (24.17) and 100 butterfly (56.66).
Wu wrapped up her day by finishing first in the 100 backstroke (56.62), the 200 backstroke (2:02.59) and the 500 freestyle (5:02.38).
Leberfinger, Perrotti and Stoddard would capture the top three spots in both the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke. In the 100 breast, Leberfinger’s time of 1:04.50 led the way, followed by Perroti and Stoddard at 1:06.14 and 1:07.57, respectively. In the 200, Leberfinger again led the troops at 2:21.50, while Stoddard finished second (2:24.22) and Perrotti captured third (2:24.58).
Also posting first-place finishes on the day were Guinee in the 200 butterfly (1:53.59) and Pfaff in the 200 yard I.M. (2:05.55). Junior Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) added a second-place performance in the 1000 free with a mark of 10:35.92.
The Scarlet Knights closed out the swimming events with its second relay win of the day in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Stoddard, freshman Meghan Kiely (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), Coyne and Newton combined for a time of 3:36.52.
On the boards, senior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) finished first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 286.35. Scott also finished second on the 1-meter board with 254.20 points.
Rutgers returns to action on Friday, Jan. 10 at Illinois.
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