PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams head to Hempstead, NY, this weekend to compete in the BIG EAST Championships, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16 thought Saturday, Feb. 19.
Despite becoming a conference leader in sending swimmers to the NCAA Championships the last two years, Rutgers has yet to be able to end the reign of the Notre Dame women and Pittsburgh men at the BIG EAST Conference Championships. The Irish women and Pitt men each look for their ninth consecutive conference championships.
The Rutgers women’s team led after the first day’s events in 2004, but eventually succumbed to the depth of the Notre Dame team. The men finished behind Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech in 2004. Tech is gone to the ACC this year and a much improved Notre Dame men’s squad appears to have a great chance to end the long reign of Pittsburgh. The Rutgers women’s squad has led the conference best times throughout the year, but competing with Notre Dame’s depth has long been a challenge. A new conference rule limiting squad sizes to 23 women and 23 men may help even the playing field this year with the deep and talented defending champions.
The Scarlet Knights have jumped from the bottom of the conference to the top tier during head coach Chuck Warner’s seven-year tenure, and Warner and the Rutgers coaching staff have been named “coach of the year” for the last two consecutive women championships, but have still been bested by the Notre Dame women.
“I’m really proud of the effort our team has made over the last several years,” Warner said. “The women’s squad in particular has, to a person, made a great commitment through the entire year to meet their individual potential. Both the men and women have tremendous team chemistry. I’m very excited to watch them swim and dive. I know we are going to be proud of their performance.”
The four day event will begin on Wednesday night with a finals session at 6:00 pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions will include preliminaries at 10:30 am and finals each evening at 6:00. Tickets are still available at the door.
AN EVENT BY EVENT LOOK AT THE RUTGERS TEAM AT THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wednesday February 16th:6:00 PM
Women’s 800 Free Relay – Rutgers has won this event for the last four consecutive championships and is seeded first once again. Their seed time of 7:24.7 is currently 16th in the nation.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 7:11.65
NCAA Secondary Standard: 7:24.59
Men’s 800 Free Relay – Rutgers is seeded third behind Syracuse and Notre Dame. The Scarlet Knights could be a surprise team here with the strength of the conferences fastest returning 200 freestyler, and Rutgers school record holder Ivan Morse, anchoring a strong and determined relay.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 6:26.08
NCAA Secondary Standard: 6:37.66
Men’s 1 Meter Diving – Jared Bench is on of the best male divers in school history. Last year he finished third and will look to improve on that showing. Along with him will be junior Olivier Giron, who scored last year.
Women’s 200 Medley Relay – The Rutgers women are seeded second behind Pittsburgh. Rutgers holds the conference record in this event.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:39.90
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:42.89
Men’s 200 Medley Relay – Rutgers looks to move up from its eighth seed.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:26.72
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:29.32
Thursday February 17th :
Women’s 500 Freestyle – Junior Kelly Harrigan has finished second the last two years against since-graduated conference record holder Becky Koch. Harrigan is seeded first going into the championships with sophomore Allyson Parent and freshman Kierstin Koronowicz also seeded in the top eight through this point of the season. Annie Goldstein and Molly Jones are also likely RU competitors.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 4:45.46
NCAA Secondary Standard: 4:54.02
USA National, World Trials, World University Games Standard: 4:49.49
Men’s 500 Freestyle – Senior captain Sean Smith was second in this event in 2003 and red-shirted last year to focus on the USA Olympic Trials. Joe Mammano, Bobby Daplyn and Larry Rosa will compete for RU as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 4:19.63
NCAA Secondary Standard: 4:27.41
USA National, WT, WUG Standard: 4:27.19
Women’s 200 IM – Allie Dean is the current school record holder. Sara Gault was also a final eight performer last year. Freshman Mindy Tang may add to the RU effort here.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 2:00.67
NCAA Secondary Standard: 2:04.29
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 2:02.89
Men’s 200 IM – Bill Dennis, Tyler Clark and Josh Van Norman are all among the top five returning in this event. Freshman Scott Thompson and junior Eric Jennings should help the RU effort.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:46.69
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:49.89
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 1:50.49
Women’s 50 Free –Senior Ruth Nichols currently holds the top time in the conference thus far. Kelly Roche and Sara Gault both reached the finals last year at the conference championships. Freshman Angelina Colavito is currently ranked 11th in the conference.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 22.88
NCAA Secondary Standard: 23.56
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 23.29
Men’s 50 Free – Senior Ivan Morse leads a young Rutgers sprint core that includes sophomores Rob Horton and Zac Coppa and freshman Jesse Applegate, Adam Dimenna and Adam Papendick.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 19.74
NCAA Secondary Standard: 20.33
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 20.49
Women’s 1- Meter Diving - Sophomore diving captain Meghan Senso was 12th in the one meter dive at the 2004 Big East championships. Junior Erica Moreland will join Senso in the one meter event hoping to improve on her 15th place finish last year.
Women’s 200 Free Relay – This Rutgers relay is currently seeded second within the conference, behind only Pittsburgh.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:31.01
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:33.74
Men’s 200 Free Relay – RU is ranked fifth in the conference entering the championships.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:18.47
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:20.82
Friday February 18th
Women’s 400 IM – Allyson Parent is currently seeded fourth in the conference. Freshman Cat Hetzel will likely swim here as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 4:15.93
NCAA Secondary Standard: 4:23.60
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 4:21.39
Men’s 400 IM – Captain Sean Smith is the 2003 champion and the Rutgers school record holder. Joe Mammano placed in the final eight last year with juniors Jamie Miller and Jonathan Hupp close behind. Freshman Scott Thompson and Allan Bakes should compete here.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 3:47.29
NCAA Secondary Standard: 3:54.10
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 3:56.59
Women’s 100 Fly – Kelly Harrigan is the fastest performer in the conference thus far. Sarah Bicknell and Ruth Nichols enter the championships as two of the top five performers. Freshman Mindy Tang should be competitive as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 53.75
NCAA Secondary Standard: 55.36
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 55.39
Men’s 100 Fly – Bill Dennis, Tyler Clark, Adam Dimenna and Aaron Inkrott are four to watch in the men’s 100 yard fly.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 47.25
NCAA Secondary Standard: 48.66
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 49.19
Women’s 200 Free - Freshman Kiersten Koronowicz is currently ranked second in the Big East. Freshman Ashley Dunphy and team captains Molly Jones and Kelly Roche make this a strong event for the Scarlet Knights.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:47.61
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:50.83
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 1:49.09
Men’s 200 Free – Senior Ivan Morse is the fastest returning swimmer in the conference in this event. He holds the Rutgers school record. Sophomore Bobby Daplyn is also among the top 10 conference performers thus far.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:36.19
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:39.07
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 1:38.89
Women’s 100 Breastroke - Freshman Cat Hetzel, junior Allie Dean and sophomore Sara Gault are all in the top tier of the conference entering the championships.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:02.00
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:03.86
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 1:03.59
Men’s 100 Breastroke – Senior Bill Dennis joins juniors Jonathan Hupp and Eric Jennings representing the Scarlet Knights.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 54.00
NCAA Secondary Standard: 55.62
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 56.29
Women’s 100 Back - Junior Kelly Harrigan is currently ranked 11th in the nation and first in the conference in this event. Sophomore Laura Fabiano is also among the top eight conference swimmers entering the championships. Annie Goldstein should compete here.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 54.47
NCAA Secondary Standard: 56.10
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 56.09
Men’s 100 Back – Seniors Josh Van Norman and Aaron Inkrott have been two mainstays for the Scarlet Knights for the last three years.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 47.43
NCAA Secondary Standard: 48.85
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 49.99
Men’s three meter diving – School record-holder Jared Bench looks to make improve on his runner-up finish which was done with a school record score of 501.65. A fast improving Olivier Giron will compete for the Scarlet Knights as well.
Women’s 400 Medley Relay: Rutgers has captured this event title the last two years at the Big East Championships. The Scarlet Knights are seeded second to Pittsburgh entering the competition.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 3:38.32
NCAA Secondary Standard: 3:44.86
Men’s 400 Medley Relay – Rutgers ranks fifth in the conference entering the championships.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 3:12.36
NCAA Secondary Standard: 3:18.13
Saturday February 19th
Women’s 1650 - Sophomore Allyson Parent has been among the top performers in the Big East Conference all seasons long
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 16:23.54
NCAA Secondary Standard: 16:53.04
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 16:34.89
Men’s 1650 –The Scarlet Knights have lots of depth in this event with senior Joe Mammano and junior Jamie Miller having both performed in the final eight in years past, supported by freshman Allan Bakes, Larry Rosa and Scott Thompson. Sean Smith, who holds the school record at 1000 yards, may compete here as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 15:05.87
NCAA Secondary Standard: 15:33.04
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 15:34.99
Women’s 200 Back – Kelly Harrigan is the returning champion in this event, when she set the conference record one year ago at 1:55.76. She has already qualified for NCAA’S where she finished 5th last year. Sophomore Annie Goldstein is currently ranked 10th within the conference. Laura Fabiano and Molly Jones may compete here as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:58.24
NCAA Secondary Standard: 2:01.78
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 2:00.99
Men’s 200 Back – Josh Van Norman has finished in the final 8 the last two years at the Big East Championships. Aaron Inkrott and Allan Bakes should also be among Rutgers top performers.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:44.02
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:47.14
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 1:48.79
Women’s 100 Free – Senior Ruth Nichols has been the fastest performer in the conference much of the year. Classmate Kelly Roche is the second fastest returning swimmer in the event in which she finished third in 2004. There are several other top possibilities for the Scarlet Knights in this event including Sarah Bicknell, Kierstin Kornowicz, Angelina Colavito and Ashley Dunphy.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 49.78
NCAA Secondary Standard: 51.27
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 50.59
Men’s 100 Free - Senior Ivan Morse is the fastest person in the conference over this distance returning from last year.. He is currently the only male in the Big East to have gone under 45 seconds. Sophomores Bobby Daplyn, Rob Horton and Zac Coppa should compete in the 100, as well as freshman Jesse Applegate and Adam Papendick.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 43.53
NCAA Secondary Standard: 44.83
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 44.89
Women’s 200 Breast - Freshman Cat Hetzel and junior Allie Dean have been among the conference leaders in this event all season.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 2:14.25
NCAA Secondary Standard: 2:18.27
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 2:17.49
Men’s 200 Breast – School recorder holder and senior Bill Dennis looks to shine over the 200 yards. In 2002 he finished second. Jonathan Hupp is currently ranked 14th and Jamie Miller among the top 15. Junior Eric Jennings may compete here as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:57.35
NCAA Secondary Standard: 2:00.87
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 2:02.59
Women’s 200 Fly – Sarah Bicknell event ranked third in the Big East. Mindy Tang and Kerstin Koronowicz could also be top performers for the Scarlet Knights in this event.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:58.11
NCAA Secondary Standard: 2:01.65
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 2:01.49
Men’s 200 Fly – Junior Tyler Clark is the fastest returning to this even from last year. Sean Smith is an Olympic Trial qualifier at the metric distance. Freshman Larry Rosa and Adam Dimenna may compete in this event as well.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 1:44.93
NCAA Secondary Standard: 1:48.07
USA Nat, WT, WUG Standard: 1:49.69
Women’s 3 Meter Diving – Megan Senso finished sixth last year in the 3-meter event.
Women’s 400 Free Relay – The Scarlet Knights are last year’s event champions and lead the current conference best time list by three seconds.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 3:18.95
NCAA Secondary Standard: 3:24.91
Men’s 400 Free Relay - The Scarlet Knight men are the defending event champions. However, they lost two of the four relay members from last year’s squad.
NCAA Automatic Qualifying: 2:54.21
NCAA Secondary Standard: 2:59.43