EAST MEADOW, NY – Sean Smith and Kelly Harrigan took home Most Outstanding Swimmer honors as the 2005 BIG EAST Championships came to a close on Saturday night at the Nassau County Aquatics Center." />
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Harrigan, Smith Capture Most Outstanding Swimmer Honors at BIG EAST Championships
RU Men, Women Capture Third Place Overall
  • Posted on February 19, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • EAST MEADOW, NY – Sean Smith and Kelly Harrigan took home Most Outstanding Swimmer honors as the 2005 BIG EAST Championships came to a close on Saturday night at the Nassau County Aquatics Center.

    The Rutgers women finished in third place with 545 points, while the men were also third with 465 points. Notre Dame and Pittsburgh finished first and second, respectively, on both the men’s and women’s sides.

    Harrigan finished the championships with three first-place finishes and a new BIG EAST record in the 100 backstroke. She also swam on the 200 medley relay team, which finished second and established a school record on the first day of competition, and was second in the 400 individual medley relay and 400 free relay. Not to be outdone, Smith set two new BIG EAST records (500 free, 400 IM) and helped the 800 free relay team finish first place in school record time. He was also third in the 200 butterfly.

    On the final day of competition, Rutgers’ efforts on the women’s side were led by Harrigan, who claimed the gold in the 200 back with an NCAA qualifying standard time of 1:55.86. Also in the 200 back, Annie Goldstein was 10th (2:05.05) and Molly Jones was 12th (2:06.73). The 400 free relay team, which consisted of Harrigan, Sara Gault, Ruth Nichols and Kelly Roche, was second in 3:24.07, which is an NCAA “B” cut standard.

    Allie Dean had a third-place showing in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.06), while Allyson Parent was ninth in the 1650 free (17:02.93). Nichols and Sarah Bicknell were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 free and Megan Senso turned in a seventh-place showing the 3-meter dive. In the 200 fly, Bicknell finished in 15th place (2:07.41).

    On the men’s side, Ivan Morse won his second goal medal of the championships, claiming victory in the 100 free (44.32). His time was also an NCAA secondary qualifying standard. Behind Smith in the 200 fly was Tyler Clark, who finished in fourth place with a time of 1:48.46. In the 1650 free, Rutgers was represented by Scott Thompson (fourth, 15:43.64), Larry Rosa (15:51.86) and Jon Mammano (11th, 16:01.78).

    In the 200 back, Josh Van Norman was 11th (1:52.53), Allan Bakes was 12th (1:52.57) and Aaron Inkrott was 14th (1:54.31). William Dennis and Jonathan Hupp were 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke, while the 400 free relay team of Morse, Van Norman, Bobby Daplyn and Smith finished in fourth place (3:02.21). COMPLETE RESULTS

    Final Team Standings

    Women
    1 . Notre Dame 804
    2 . Pittsburgh 613
    3. Rutgers 545
    4. Villanova 423
    5. Connecticut 335
    6. Syracuse 246
    7. West Virginia 240
    8. Boston College 216
    9. Seton Hall 151

    Men
    1 . Notre Dame 902.5
    2 . Pittsburgh 627.5
    3. Rutgers 465
    4. West Virginia 446.5
    5. Connecticut 416
    6. Syracuse 338
    7. Seton Hall 185.5
    8. Boston College 124

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