PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers swimming and diving teams opened the 2004-05 season by hosting the annual Sonny Werblin Invitational, held Oct. 22-23 at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center.
On the women’s side, the 200 medley relay team of Lauren Fabiano (West Orange, NJ), Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY), Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) and Kelly Roche (Redding, CA) won in dominating fashion of BIG EAST rival Syracuse, clocking a 1:48.41. In the 500 free, Rutgers had the top four place winners, led by Harrigan, Allyson Parent (Glen Falls, NY) and Ashley Dunphy (Palm Springs, CA). All three swimmers had BIG EAST qualifying times.
Harrigan was the 100 butterfly champion, as RU swept the top four finishers. Harrigan’s time was less then a second off the NCAA “B” standard. Sarah Bicknell (Pleasant Valley, IA), Mindy Tang (Durham, NC) and Dean rounded out the top four. Dean, the school record holder in the 200 IM, won the event with an automatic qualifying time of 2:07.37 with Parent finishing fourth, also with a qualifying time.
Roche, Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV) and Dunphy were dominate in the 50 free, finishing second, third and fourth, respectively with automatic qualifying times. Harrigan was victorious in the 400 IM, winning the event ahead of fellow teammate Parent. In the 100 back, freshman Catherine Hartzel made her collegiate debut by finishing second with “A” cut of 1:06.21 while Dean finished sixth, also with an “A” cut. Rutgers took first and second, respectively, in the 200 free as Dunphy and Harrigan both had “A” cut times. Fabiano won the 100 back in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 59.76.
In the 1650 free, Parent set a personal best with a time of 17:24.83 to finish second overall. Dunphy, who finished fifth, has an automatic qualifying time. Parent was also second in the 200 back (2:07.90). In the 100 free, the Scarlet Knights swept the event with Dunphy finishing first (52.71). Harrigan was second in the 200 butterfly.
The Scarlet Knight women also finished first overall in the 400 IM relay and 200 free relay.
On the men’s side, school record holder Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) finished second in the 500 free with a BIG EAST qualifying time. William Dennis (West Long Branch, NJ) was the 100 butterfly champion, clocking a 51.79 to qualify for the BIG EAST Championships. In the 200 IM, Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA), Smith and Dennis all finished in the top eight with provision “B” standards.
Freshman Jessie Applegate (Princeton, NJ) made his collegiate debut by finishing second in the 50 free (21.94) while the 800 free relay team came form behind to finish first overall, edging out Syracuse.
Smith won the 400 IM (4:10:07) with teammate Jon Hupp (Mobile, AL) was third (4:13.64). Alan Bakes (Browns Mills, NJ) swan a personal-best and finished in seventh place. Bakes also set a personal-best in the 1650 free (16:46.85). In the 100 back, Dennis was second (1:00.98) while Bobby Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) was fourth in the 100 and 200 free. In the 200 butterfly, Smith won the event and teammate Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) finished in a close second.
Megan Senso (Neenah, WI) was fourth overall in the 3-meter dive, compiling 208.95 points. Jared Bench (West Babylon, NY) won the 1-meter dive with 275.65 points and also took first-place honors in the 3-meter dive.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Saturday, Nov. 6, when it opens its BIG EAST schedule by hosting Connecticut at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center at 1:00 p.m. RESULTS