HARRISONBURG, VA – The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued their impressive seasons by each winning two meets the James Madison Quad Meet on Saturday. The men’s squad beat JMU (184-58) and Duke (145.50-96) while the women edged Richmond (126-114) breezed by Duke (164.5-77.5).
“Richmond has an outstanding program in winning the women's Atlantic 10 Championships the last three years,” said head coach Chuck Warner. “What really made the difference in winning the women's meet was our divers. Our women really competed, never giving up, and we were able to keep the score close until the finial relay which we had to win to win the meet.”
“Our men are beginning to come around and beat a solid Duke team,” said Warner. “Our health is improving, which bodes well for a great championship swimming.”
For the men (5-1, 2-0 BIG EAST), Rutgers received eight first-place finishes and also sported the winning 400 free relay team. Sean Smith (200 free, 1:42.96), Ivan Morse (50 free, 26.50, and 100 free, 46.35), William Dennis (200 IM, 1:57.79), Tyler Clark (200 fly, 1:53.83), Josh Van Norman (200 back, 1:56.06), Jared Bench (3-meter dive, 280.55 points) all led the way for the Scarlet Knights. The 400 free relay team of Zach Coppa, Adam Papendick, Bobby Daplyn and Larry Rosa finished in first place, followed by Adam Dimenna, Morse, Jon Mammano and Robert Horton in second place.
In the 400 medley relay, Josh Van Norman, Clark, Dennis and Jesse Applegate finished in second place (3:33.13). James Miller was second in the 1000 free (9:57.05) and Alan Bakes was third (10:00.33). Daplyn earned a second-place showing the 200 free (1:43.97) while Eric Jennings was second in the 50 free (22.25). Also in the 50 free, Papendick and Robert Horton tied for fourth place (22.35).
Rutgers had all four of the top placewinners in the 400 IM, led by Dennis, Van Norman (second, 1:57.93), Clark (third, 1:58.79) and Scott Thompson (1:59.06). In the 1-meter dive, Bench was second (262.95) and Oliver Gilron was third (243.93). The Scarlet Knights received other second-place performances from Smith (200 fly, 1:55.21), Papendick (100 free, 48.60) and Thompson (500 free, 4:47.38).
On the women’s side (6-0, 2-0 BIG EAST), Megan Senso was victorious in both the one and three-meter dives and Kelly Harrigan and Ruth Nichols added a victory in the 200 back and 100 free, respectively, to pace RU’s efforts. The Scarlet Knights’ 400 free relay team of Kathryn Koronowicz, Allie Dean, Kelly Roche and Nichols swam a winning time of 3:31.07.
Rutgers’ second-place performances came from Allyson Parent (1000 free, 10:11.35, fastest time in BIG EAST thus far), Koronowicz (200 free, 1:53.06 and 500 free, 5:00.95), Nichols (50 free, 24.42), Dean (200 IM, 2:08.71), Harrigan (200 fly, 2:02.79). The 400 medley relay team of Harrigan, Bicknell, Dean and Sarah Gault finished in second place. Sarah Bicknell was third in 200 free and 200 fly, while Parent and Annie Goldstein finished third and fourth, respectively.
Along with Senso’s first-place victory in the one and three-meter dives, Erica Moreland was second in both events. Catherine Hetzel was third in the 200 back (2:23.85) while Angelina Colavito third for third place ion the 50 free (24.76).
Rutgers returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 22, when it travels to State College, PA, to face Penn State.