PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 19, 2014)– Senior diver Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) and sophomore swimmer Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) will represent the Rutgers swimming and diving team at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by the University of Minnesota from March 20-22. Wu’s selection marks the first swimmer under head coach Phil Spiniello to attend the championships, while the two Scarlet Knights are the most to advance to NCAAs since the 2007-08 campaign.
Scott will be the first of the two to compete at the championships, as the trials for the 1-meter dive is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Finals will begin at 7 p.m.
The 3-meter dive trials and finals will take place on Friday, March 21. Scott will wrap up competition on Saturday, March 22 with the platform event.
Wu’s first event of the championships will take place on Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m. with the 100 yard backstroke. Finals will take place in the evening session at 7 p.m. Both the trials and prelims of the 200 back are slated for Saturday, March 22.
Scott punched her ticket to NCAAs after capturing a silver medal in the platform dive on March 12 at the 2014 Zone Diving Championships in Blacksburg, Va. The diving captain totaled 524.80 points in the finals after receiving a score of 264.35 in the preliminaries. Additionally, she advanced in the finals of both the 1-meter and 3-meter, finishing 11th and 10th overall, respectively.
The silver medal in the platform was Scott’s third in as many years at Zones, as she also advanced to NCAAs last season. The senior is the owner of two RU records in the platform and 3-meter – both which she broke this season.
On March 5, it was announced by the NCAA that Wu was selected to compete in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Wu posted the 17th-best time in the nation, recording a 1:54.07 in the 200 back en route to a gold medal at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships two weeks ago. Her time of 52.97 in the 100 back, which also earned her a first-place finish at AACs, ranks 30th in the NCAA. Both marks established new Rutgers records.
Wu will be the first Scarlet Knight swimmer to compete at NCAAs since Catherine Whetstone represented Rutgers in 2009.
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