LOUISVILLE, KY. (February 20, 2014) – Behind a silver-medal and school record setting performance by sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) in the 200 yard I.M., the Rutgers swimming and diving team maintains a third-place standing following the second day of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships. The host Cardinals remain in the lead with 376 points followed by SMU (236), Rutgers (216), UConn (191), Cincinnati (152) and Houston (147).
“I am proud of all the swims and dives today,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “We are really coming together and competing as a team. With two days of competition remaining, we will need to stay focused and continue to take one race and dive at a time.”
Pfaff’s time of 1:58.46 in the finals of the 200 I.M. shattered a six-year standing record by well over three seconds and was also an NCAA Invite time in 2013. Senior swim captain Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) fared well in the event as well, finishing sixth with a time of 2:01.89, which is also under the NCAA “B” standard cut time. Perrotti’s mark also surpassed the former Rutgers record of 2:02.09, which was set in 2008 by Shayna Longacre.
Freshman Rachel Stoddard (Hillsborough, N.J.) finished in 12th in the consolation final with a mark of 2:04.52.
In the 500 yard freestyle, sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) touched the wall at 4:50.03 to capture seventh place. In the consolation finals, senior Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) would lead the way in 10th place with a time of 4:52.11, followed by rookie Barbra Brottman (Deerfield, Ill.) in 12th, senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) in 14th and junior Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) in 16th.
The Scarlet Knights also had two participants in the consolation finals of the 50 free, as senior Mar y Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) finished 11th (23.26) and junior Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) claimed 14th (23.59).
In the lone relay of the day, RU’s team of Moser, sophomore Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.), Gibson-Brokop and sophomore Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) combined for a time of 1:33.70 to finish sixth in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
On the boards, senior diving captain Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) claimed fourth on the 1-meter dive after earning a score of 257.55. In the consolation final, freshman Alyssa Black (Middletown, N.Y.) finished 10th (226.05), while classmate Rebecca Gross (Manchester, Pa.) notched an 11th place finish (220.40).
The American Athletic Conference Championship continues tomorrow, Feb. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. with swimming preliminaries. Diving prelims and consolations will begin at 12:30 pm. Finals in the evening session begin at 6 p.m. Fans can watch a live stream here.
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