PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won their first home meets of the season against Connecticut today. The men recorded a 153-118 victory, while the women won with a score of 147-129. " />
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Rutgers Sweeps UConn in Home Opener
  • Posted on November 09, 2002 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won their first home meets of the season against Connecticut today. The men recorded a 153-118 victory, while the women won with a score of 147-129.

    Highlighting the meet was freshman Kelly Harrigan’s (Bristol, CT) record-breaking performances in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. Harrigan finished the 100-yard backstroke in 56.65 and the 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.91; she also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.45, with Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) capturing second in 1:51.63.

    “Her times are very significant,” said head coach Chuck Warner. “Her 200-yard backstroke time is top eight in the country and would have qualified for the NCAA’s last year.”

    Wick also won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.05. Michelle De Freese (Rahway, NJ) won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.57, one of the top ten times in the country this year. Katie Kuczmarksi (Wilmington, DE) took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:22.18 and also captured first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.62.

    Liz Carter (West Covina, CA) won the 200-yard butterfly competition with a time of 2:05.42. Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC) won the 50-yard freestyle with a time 24.25.

    On the men’s side, junior captain Nathan Ilnicki (Crescent, PA) won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.60. Ryan Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.83 and Mike Kush (Wescosville, PA) taking second with a time of 50.98. Kush took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.05.

    Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.51 and won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:51.75. Eric Jennings (Edmond, OK) took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:06.01.

    Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.67. Morse also captured first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.57. Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) took first place in the 200-yard butterfly competition with a time of 1:53.88. Sean Smith (Oklahoma, OK) won the men’s 1650-yard freestyle with a time 15:52.41.

    “Four years ago we put UConn on the schedule as a big challenger,” said Warner. “It is nice to see the team catch up and win with distance. It means the team has improved enough that they were able to compete well.”

    RESULTS

    The Scarlet Knights return to action on December 6-8 at the Princeton Invitational, hosted by Princeton University.

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