NEW YORK, NJ – The Rutgers men’s swimming and diving team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 133-112 victory over Columbia on Saturday afternoon in New York, NY.
"We beat a good Columbia team for several reasons," said Warner. "The first was the great performances form our divers, Jared Bench, Olivier Giron and Tyler Brekenrick. Second was the great leadership of our senior captain Sean Smith, who on Saturday showed why he is such a great champion. Lastly, our men have invested a great deal in the success of this season. They are beginning to get a taste of the dividends now. There is much more to come at the Big East Championships from the great group of guys.”
The Scarlet Knights were led by Sean Smith and Jared Bench, who were both multi-event winners. Smith took first place honors in the 1650 free (9:37.09) and 500 free (4:38.11) while also placing third in the 200 fly (1:52.94). Bench, meanwhile, was victorious in the 1-meter dive (296.40 points) and 3-meter dive (298.87).
Rutgers also received first-place finishes from Robert Horton (20 free, 21.42), Tyler Clark (200 fly, 1:52.50) and the 400 free relay team of Horton, Josh Van Norman, Bobby Daplyn and Ivan Morse (3:07.52). The Scarlet Knights also finished second in the 400 free relay, as Zachary Coppa, Jesse Applegate, Adam Papendick and Scott Thompson clocked a time of 3:11.22.
In the 1650 free, RU was able to claim the top four spots, as James Miller was second (9:46.89) behind Smith, followed by Alan Bakes (9:51.46) and Larry Rosa (9:52.37). Morse and Rosa were second and third, respectively, in the 200 free while RU had the top three placewinners in the 50 free – Horton (first), Papendick (second, 21.56) and Applegate (third, 21.70). William Dennis was third in the 200 IM (1:56.77), followed by Clark (fourth, 1:56.46) and Thompson (fifth, 1:57.47).
Oliver Gilron had a second-place showing in the 1-meter dive (261.30 points) while Daplyn, Papendick and Applegate were second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 free. Van Norman had a third-place showing in the 200 back (1:53.87) while Jonathan Hupp (2:07.73) and Dennis (2:09.02) were second and third, respectively, in the 200 breast.
Rutgers returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 12, when it hosts the annual Rutgers Invitational at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center.