LOUISVILLE, KY. (February 22, 2014) – Led by the American Athletic Conference women’s swimming coach of the year, Phil Spiniello, Rutgers completed the inaugural AAC Championships in third place with 572 points. The host Cardinals finished first with 977 points, followed by SMU (624.4), Rutgers (572), UConn (459.5), Cincinnati (431) and Houston (337).
Spiniello earned the honor after leading Rutgers to its best finish since the 2006-07 campaign, when the Scarlet Knights finished second at the BIG EAST Conference Championships.
Sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) claimed her second gold medal of the championships in the 200 yard backstroke, posting a time of 1:54.07 – a 2013 NCAA Invite mark. The standard broke an eight-year school record of 1:54.76, set by Kelly Harrigan in 2006. Wu also reset the RU record in the 100 back during Friday's finals.
Senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) garnered her first medal of the competition in an individual event, after claiming third in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.27 – a NCAA “B” cut standard. Sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) finished right behind Guinee at 1:59.38, also a NCAA “B” cut time. Earlier in the day, Pfaff would reset the Rutgers record in the event as she posted a mark of 1:59.03 in the prelims.
Senior swim captain Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn) claimed fifth in the 200 breast at 2:13.70, also setting a new Rutgers record. Junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) claimed seventh in the event at 2:15.14. Both times were under the NCAA “B” cut mark.
Senior Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) led the way in the 1650 free, coming in eighth place, followed by junior Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) in ninth and freshman Chantal Asselin (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) and freshman Barbra Brottman (Deerfield, Ill.) in 11th and 12th, respectively.
Rutgers earned a fourth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as Moser, Rolin, sophomore Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) and Wu teamed up to complete the event at 3:22.86.
Senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) posted a time of 50.71 in the 100 free to finish in 11th.
On the boards, senior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) earned a silver medal with a mark of 268.55 in the platform dive. Rookie Rebecca Gross (Manchester, Pa.) finished eighth in the event (193.70).
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