PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men and women’s swimming and diving teams, under the direction of head coach Chuck Warner, have added nine additional swimmers and one diver to its three fall recruits – making it one of the largest classes in recent history. These nine swimmers hail from six different states and eight of them have already registered times that have either merited high school All-American honors or should in the next month when final applications are submitted.
The men will be bolstered by four of New Jersey’s top high school seniors. Larry Rosa (West Windsor, NJ) has been one of the most outstanding distance/400 IM swimmers in the state of New Jersey for the last several years. He has some of the most outstanding performances of any freshman to enter Rutgers with times of 500, 4:33 (converted) and 400 IM (4:05). Rosa has made substantial improvements this season in his shorter races. He also holds dual citizenship with Puerto Rico and will be a candidate for the national teams.
Jesse Applegate (Princeton, NJ) was the New Jersey state high school runner-up in both the 50 (21.2) and 100 (46.8) freestyle events. He also has been a 1:42 in the 200 freestyle and 54 in the 100 backstroke. He stands 6’ 8”, giving him an extra long body for speed. Adam Pappendick (Kinnelon, NJ) is the third New Jersey HS star. Pappendick was in the finals of both the 50 and 100 freestyles at the New Jersey Meet of Champions despite not resting or shaving. His best times in the 50 (21.2), 100 (47.0) and 100 backstroke (52.7) pale in comparison to his most outstanding relay splits of 20.6 and 46.5.
Alan Bakes (Browns Mills, NJ) is the fourth incoming freshman from New Jersey. His best times of 4:49 in the 500 and 1:58 in the 200 backstroke should drop fast as he develops physically. Blakes stands 6’2” and is very thin. Despite his frame, his hold of the water and tremendous attitude impressed the Rutgers staff.
Colt Adams (Houston, TX) was the Texas HS runner up in the 200 IM (1:53.9) and has also swum some respectable sprint freestyle (21.8). His versatility will keep open lots of options as to which events his future will include most prominently. He holds some physical similarities to his classmates since he stands 6’ 4 but is very thin.
Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI) is one of the most outstanding swimmers in the class and one of the best swimmers to come out of the state of Michigan this year. Thompson won both the 200 IM (1:52) and 500 freestyle (4:33) at this year’s Michigan HS Championships. His improvement has been remarkable over the last few years. As an example his 200 IM in his high school years has progressed from 2:06 to 2:00 to 1:55.9 to 1:52. His 500 time has dropped from 5:05 to 4:48 to 4:40 to 4:33.
Adam Dimenna (Philadelphia, PA) is the seventh addition to the Scarlet Knights men’s squad. Dimenna comes from the nationally-renowned PDR program in Philadelphia. He is very strong, which suits his best events: sprint butterfly. His best butterfly times (50.8, 1:56) should improve as he continues to develop his underwater dolphin kick, something the Rutgers program has been very successful at. He is also a solid freestyler.
The women added two more outstanding swimmers and one outstanding diver to their fall class, which includes three national-level athletes.
Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV) should add greatly to the team in the sprint events. Her best times (converted from LC) in the 50 23.7, 100 53, and 100 fly 57 should all be competitive at the BIG EAST Conference Championships. Colavito’s program is geared toward middle and distance events. Mindy Tang (Durham, NC) is a very versatile swimmer in the backstroke (57/2:05) and butterfly events (57/2:05). She also is a solid individual medley swimmer. Mindy has been developing her underwater dolphin kick and will seek to improve her techinique at Rutgers.
Sarah Stiff (Neenah, WI) is a former gymnast who brings great talent and enthusiasm to the team. A former teammate of sophomore Meghan Senso at Neenah High School, Stiff has shown great promise developing strong lists on both one and three meter in a short time since her retirement from gymnastics.
These four ladies will join forces with Kierstin Koronowicz, Ashley Dunphy, and Catherine Hetzel to form of the most promising recruiting classes in program history.