CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (January 10, 2014) – Matching up against future Big Ten opponent Illinois, the Rutgers swimming and diving team came away with a 150-150 tie on Friday morning. On the day, RU was victorious in nine of 16 events, while several Scarlet Knights secured multiple first-place finishes. The Scarlet Knights are now 5-1-1 in dual meet scoring competitions.
Rutgers was led by junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) and sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), who both finished with two individual first place finishes and also served as members of the winning 200 yard medley relay team.
Leberfinger was the winner of both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, notching times of 1:04.72 and 2:19.82, respectively, and also added a second-place finish in the 200 yard I.M.
Wu would claim the 200 yard freestyle (1:53.97) and the 200 yard backstroke (2:01.81).
In the diving events, senior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada.) paced Rutgers with a sweep of both the 1-meter (282.59) and 3-meter (271.51). Freshman Rebecca Gross (Manchester, Pa.) followed Scott with 248.70 points in the 3-meter dive, good for third place.
Rutgers started the meet on a strong note, as the team of Wu, Leberfinger, senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) teamed up to win the 200 yard medley relay at 1:45.83.
In the 100 yard breast, Rutgers continued its trend of finishing one-two-three. Leberfinger led the way in first place, followed by senior Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) in second and freshman Rachel Stoddard (Hillsborough, N.J.) in third.
Additional first-place finishes were recorded by sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) in the 200 yard I.M. and Moser in the 50 yard freestyle. Moser added two second-place performances in the 100 free and the 100 fly, while Pfaff touched the wall second in the 200 back.
Guinee just missed a first-place finish in the 200 yard butterfly, as the fourth-year Scarlet Knight completed the race in 2:05.91 to claim second.
Rutgers returns to action Saturday, with a quad meet against No. 24 Michigan, Northwestern and No. 25 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.
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