PRINCETON, NJ – Led by first-place showings from All-American Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT), Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) and Jared Bench (West Babylon, NY), both the Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished in second place at the annual Princeton Invitational.
The Scarlet Knights women scored 779.50 points, second only to defending Ivy League champion Princeton with 909.50 points. The men’s team totaled 617.50 points and finished behind Princeton as well. In all, there were a total of 12 teams competing on the women’s side and 11 on the men’s.
Harrigan won the 200 backstroke on the third and final day of competition and was also on the winning 400 free relay team with Sara Bicknell (Pleasant Valley, IA), Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC) and Kierstin Koronowicz (New Windsor, NY). All told, Harrigan won four individual titles and swam on four winning relay teams over the three-day event.
Rutgers also received an impressive first-place showing from Bicknell in the 200 butterfly as she clocked a winning time of 2:02.83. Freshmen Mindy Tang (Durham, NC) was 11th in the event (2:07.54). In the 200 breaststroke, Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY) tied for third place (2:21.83) with freshman Catherine Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ) coming in seventh place (2:23.05).
In the 200 backstroke, Annie Goldstein (Barrington, RI) finished in third place (2:04.54), Allyson Parent (Glens Falls, NY) was 11th (2:07.16) and Laura Fabiano (West Orange, NJ) was 12th (2:07.23). Parent also finished third in the 1650 freestyle (17:00.25). In the 100 freestyle, Rutgers had three Top 10 finishers – Nichols (fifth, 51.83), Kelly Roche (Redding, CA) (seventh, 53.04) and Bicknell (ninth, 52.52).
Rutgers’ relay team of Tang, Dean, Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV) and Sara Gault (Chateauguay, Quebec) finished in seventh place (3:35.03).
In the diving events, Megan Senso (Neenah, WI) was sixth in the 1-meter dive (224.90 points) and 10th in the 3-meter dive (192.00).
On the men’s side, Morse led Rutgers’ charge on the final day with a first-place showing in the 100 freestyle, clocking a winning time of 44.97. Robert Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) was 10th (47.03) and freshman Jessie Applegate (Princeton, NJ) was 13th (47.44). The 400 free relay team of Morse, Applegate, Daplyn and Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) finished in second place (3:05.09).
Bench won both the 1-meter dive (295.90 points) and 3-meter dive (290.65 points).
In the 200 breaststroke, Jonathan Hupp (Mobile, AL) led five swimmers that finished in the Top 16 with his fifth-place showing (2:09.26). Hupp was joined by James Miller (Hamburg, NY) (sixth, 2:09.60), Bill Dennis (West Long Branch, NJ) (seventh, 2:10.76), Eric Jennings (Edmond, OK) (13th, 2:13.53) and John Evans (Bay Head, NJ) (16th, 2:15.36). In the 1650 free, James Miller (Hamburg, NY) was fifth (16:18.07), Joseph Mammano (Flushing, NY) was seventh (16:22.61) and Alan Bakes (Browns Mills, NJ) was 10th.
Van Norman registered a ninth-place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:53.44), followed by Aaron Inkrott (Bartlesville, OK) (14th, 1:55.78) and Bakes (15th, 1:55.95).
The 400 free relay team of Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI), Robert Horton (Abescon, NJ), Adam Papendick (Kinnelon, NJ) and Adam Dimenna (Philadelphia, PA) finished in 12th place (3:12.87). Oliver Gilron (Fairfax, VA) was fifth in the 1-meter dive (235.40 points) and 10th in the 3-meter dive (175.30 points).
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action when it takes on Clarkson in Key West, FL, as part of their annual winter training session.
Princeton Invite results -- http://www.princetonswimming.org/PUInviteIndex.html