EAST MEADOW, NY – Senior Sean Smith and junior All-American Kelly Harrigan set new BIG EAST records on their way to gold medals on the at the annual conference championships, held Feb. 16-19 at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, NY.
Smith, who set a record with his first place performance in the 500 free yesterday, swam the 400 IM in 3:50.65 to establish the new conference mark. He was joined in the winners circle on Friday by Ivan Morse, who took first-place honors in the 200 free (1:38.04). Morse’s time was a NCAA secondary standard time.
Other top performances for RU on the men’s side included Tyler Clark’s fifth-place showing in the 100 fly and Jared Bench’s 510.15 points in the 3-meter dive for third place. Jonathan Hupp was sixth in the 400 IM (4:00.16) and Bobby Daplyn was sixth in the 200 free (1:40.33).
On the women’s side, Kelly Harrigan took home first-place honors in the 100 backstroke (54.05), which qualified her for the NCAA Championships and set a new BIG EAST record, breaking her old mark set in 2003. Sarah Bicknell turned in an NCAA secondary standard time (55.33) in the 100 fly to finish second. Allyson Parent had an impressive third-place showing in the 400 IM (4:25.90) while Ruth Nichols and Mindy Tang were fifth and 10th, respectively, in the 100 fly.
Kierstin Koronowicz finished in fifth place in the 200 free (1:50.96), followed by Ashley Dunphy in ninth place (1:51.43). Rutgers had two of the top seven placewinners in the 100 breaststroke, led by Cat Hetzel (fifth, 1:05.14) and Sara Gault (1:05.43).
The women’s 400 medley relay team of Harrigan, Bicknell, Hetzel and Nchols finished in second place in a time of 3:44.51.
The 2005 BIG EAST Swimming Championships will continue conclude tomorrow, February 19 from the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, NY.