PRINCETON, NJ – Both the Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are in second place after two days of the Princeton Invitational, which is being held this weekend in Princeton, NJ.
Through 28 events, the Rutgers women had accumulated 564 points, second only to host Princeton with 687 points. The men have 449.50 points and also trail Princeton, who has 845 points. In all, there are 12 women’s and 11 men’s teams competing.
On Friday, junior All-American Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) led the charge for the Scarlet Knights, claiming a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:49.98) and swimming on the winning 400 medley relay team, which also consisted of Catherine Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ), Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC) and Sara Bicknell (Pleasant Valley, CA). Rutgers’ 200 free relay team of Nichols, Kelly Roche (Redding, CA), Kierstin Koronowicz (New Windsor, NY) and Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV) was second in a time of 1:35.26.
Aside from her success of in the relays, Nichols also finished third in the 50 freestyle. Colavito (seventh), Sarah Gault (Chateauguay, Quebec) (10th) and Roche (14th) also scored critical points for the Scarlet Knights in the event. In the 200 IM, freshman Mindy Tang (Durham, NC) was 11th, Alexandra Dean (Buffalo, NY) was 12th and Hetzel was 16th.
Allyson Parent (Glen Falls, NY) and Koronowicz were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 IM, while the 400 medley relay team of Dean, Koronowicz, Tang and Laura Fabiano (West Orange, NJ) finished in sixth place.
On the men’s side, Robert Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) provided the major highlight on Friday, finishing third in the 500 freestyle. James Miller (Hamburg, NY) was eighth, Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI) was ninth and Alan Bakes (Browns Mills, NJ) was 14th. In the 50 freestyle, Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) finished in ninth place, followed by Robert Horton (Absecon, NJ) in 16th place and Daplyn in 17th. Jonathan Hupp (Mobile, AL) was 13th in the 200 IM while teammate Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) finished in 14th place. The 400 medley relay team of Aaron Inkrott (Bartlesville, OK), Clark, Hupp and Morse finished in fourth place 3:27.87).
On Saturday, Harrigan continued her dominance, winning the 100 butterfly (54.65) and 100 backstroke (54.83) while also swimming on two winning relay teams – 200 medley (1:44.81) and 800 free relay (7:24.74).
Harrigan received plenty of help from her teammates, including Koronowicz, who finished in first place in the 200 freestyle (1:50.72). In the 100 butterfly, Rutgers had three of the top four finishes – Harrigan (first), Nichols (second, 56.23) and Bicknell (fourth, 57.31). Tang (11th, 58.34) and Roche (14th, 58.77) also scored point for RU in the event.
Hetzel was third in the 100 breaststroke, followed by Gault, who finished in 13th place. Parent was fifth in the 400 IM (4:27.27) and Hetzel was 14th (4:39.78). In the 200 free, Molly Jones (Lodi, CA) came in 10th place, as did Fabiano in the 100 backstroke (58.30). Rutgers’ 200 medley relay team of Fabiano, Dean, Colavito and Tang was sixth (1:48.69) and the 800 free relay team consisting of Tang, Jones, Goldstein and Fabiano was fifth (7:49.48).
On the men’s side, Rutgers received its strongest performances from Morse, who was second in the 200 freestyle (1:39.45), and the 800 free relay team of Mores, Daplyn, Thompson and Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA), that finished in second place (6:49.96). Daplyn continued his stellar weekend with a third-place showing in the 200 freestyle (1:41.32) while William Dennis (West Long Branch, NJ) was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (58.56) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (50.71). In the 400 IM, Rutgers had six swimmers finish in the Top 16, led by Hupp (fifth, 4:05.54), Bakes (seventh, 4:11.32), Miller (eighth, 4:12.34), Thompson (12th, 4:09.77), Clark (14th, 4:11.00) and Joseph Mammano (Flushing, NY) (16th, 4:22.90).
Rutgers’ 200 medley relay team of Inkrott, Dennis, Morse and Adam Dimenna (Philadelphia, PA) came in sixth place (1:35.80). In the 100 butterfly, Clark was 10th (51.41) and Van Norman was 14th (52.86). Jennings had an 11th-place showing in the 100 breaststroke (59.96) and Van Norman was ninth in the 100 backstroke (52.24).