LOUISVILLE, KY. (February 19, 2014) – Led by a bronze medal performance in the 200 medley relay, the Rutgers swimming and diving team sits in third place following the first day of the American Athletic Conference Championships. The host Cardinals currently lead the way with 122 points, followed by UConn (101 points), Rutgers (83 points), SMU (72 points), Houston (66 points) and Cincinnati (65 points).
“I was extremely happy with how our relays and divers got the meet started tonight,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “We need to keep our momentum rolling into tomorrow morning.”
In the pool, the team of sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) combined for a time of 1:40.92 to claim third in the 200 medley relay and lead Rutgers in the opening day of the inaugural AAC Championships.
Also faring well in the finals was the 800 yard freestyle relay team of Wu, Guinee, freshman Chantal Asselin (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) and sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.), who notched a mark of 7:20.62 – good for fourth overall.
On the boards, senior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) posted a score of 273.70 to claim seventh in the finals of the 3-meter dive. In the consolation bracket, freshman Rebecca Gross (Manchester, Pa.) finished 11th (230.95), while classmate Alyssa Black (Middletown, N.Y.) came in 14th (197.55).
The action continues tomorrow, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. with swimming preliminaries. Diving preliminaries and consolations will begin at 12:30 pm. Tomorrow’s events include the 1-meter dive, 500 yard free, 200 yard I.M., 50 free and the 200 freestyle relays. Finals are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action live here.
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