STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving team fell to Penn State on Saturday in State College, PA. The men’s squad dropped a 143-99 decision while the women were defeated 169-71.
For the women (6-1), junior All-America Kelly Harrigan won two events – the 200 free (1:51.29) and 200 back (2:01.31). She also swam on the second-place 400 free relay team, consisting of Kelly Roche, Sara Bicknell and Ruth Nichols. The Scarlet Knights also received a first-place finish from Bicknell, who won the 200 fly (2:04.00).
Nichols and Allyson Parent were second in the 50 free and 400 IM, respectively, and Meghan Senso was third in the 1-meter dive (229.05) and 3-meter dive (234.47). Erica Moreland tied with Senso for third place in the 1-meter dive.
Catherine Hetzel was third in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.91) and Allie Dean was fourth (2:25.84). Parent was fourth in the 1000 free (10:19.01) and 500 free (5:05.86) while freshman Mindy Tang was third in the 200 fly (2:08.62). Roche finished fourth in the 100 free (53.46).
On the men’s (5-2) side, Sean Smith turned in a pair of first-place finishes. He won the 400 IM (4:02.54) and 500 free (4:41.20). Smith also swam on the third-place 400 free relay team, along with Scott Thompson, Jesse Applegate and Robert Horton. Ivan Morse was also a multiple-winner for the Scarlet Knights, taking top honors in the 200 free (1:41.37) and 100 free (46.15).
Rutgers had seven second-place finishes, led by Jared Bench (1-meter dive, 306.15) and Tyler Clark (200 fly, 1:53.62). Alan Bakes was second in the 200 back (1:57.53) while Bobby Daplyn was second in the 500 free (4:42.36). RU had the top three placewinners in the 500 free, as James Miller was third (4:46.14). Jonathan Hupp finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.78) while Daplyn was second in the 200 free (1:42.82). Hupp was also third in the 400 IM (4:06.02). RU’s 200 medley relay team finished second (1:36.09).
In the 1000 free, Miller was third (9:47.56) and Scott Thompson was fourth (10:01.19). Josh Van Norman was fourth in the 200 free (1:43.64) while Adam Papendick, Eric Jennings and Applegate were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 50 free. Larry Rosa had a fourth-place showing in the 200 fly (2:01.15). Bench was third in the 3-meter dive (290:67).
Rutgers is back in action next Saturday, Jan. 29, when the men’s squad travels to New York City to face Columbia at 2:00 p.m.