PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 9, 2014) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team will preview next year’s matchups as members of the Big Ten Conference, as the squad faces off against three of its future league foes beginning Friday, Jan. 10. The Scarlet Knights will head west to face Illinois on Friday before trekking to Evanston, Ill., to take on No. 24 Michigan, Northwestern and No. 25 Notre Dame in a quad meet Saturday, Jan. 11.
Rutgers enters the weekend with a 5-1 record, most recently defeating Bucknell on the road on Jan. 4. The Scarlet Knights defeated the Bison by a score 184.5-110.0 to open the 2014 calendar year. 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.
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.
Illinois enters Friday’s meet with a 5-2 record in head-to-head competitions. The Fighting Illini have won two-straight, with their last dual meet victory coming over Kansas by a score of 186-114. Illinois claimed 11 of the 14 swimming events on the day and have claimed 25 of 28 swimming events at home meets this season.
Most recently, the Illini captured first of 16 teams at the Copa Coqui Invitational in Puerto Rico. Over the three-day competition, Illinois claimed three event titles, highlighted by two relay victories.
On Saturday, the Scarlet Knights will face off against Northwestern, Notre Dame and Michigan in Evanston, Ill., for the team’s final regular season competition away from “The Banks.”
Michigan currently holds a 2-3 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big Ten action. The Wolverines have earned a spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll each time the bi-monthly poll has been released this season. Michigan will take on Purdue on Friday, Jan. 10 before competing in Saturday’s quad meet.
Northwestern most recently hosted the nine-team TYR Invitational and came away with first-place finish. Freshman Lauren Abruzzo would set the Northwestern pool and school records in the 1650 freestyle finals with a time of 16:10.40. The Wildcats possess a 5-3 record.
Notre Dame, who is led by junior swimmer Emma Reaney, is coming off a first-place finish at the three-day Hawkeye Invitational. In Iowa, Reaney would break her own school record in the 200 breast (2:05.85) and clinch a berth to the 2014 NCAA Championships with NCAA A cuts in the 200 breast and 200 IM. She would finish with six event wins and two second-place finishes at the invitational.
After dropping three consecutive dual meets, the Irish went on to win four-straight and enter the weekend with a 4-3 mark.