PRINCETON, NJ -- The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams enter Sunday’s final day of the Princeton Invitational in second place out of eight schools after competition on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have earned 956.5 points after two days, trailing only Princeton. " />
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Rutgers Holds Second Place After Day Two of Princeton Invite
  • Posted on December 07, 2002 12:00:00 AM
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  • PRINCETON, NJ -- The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams enter Sunday’s final day of the Princeton Invitational in second place out of eight schools after competition on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have earned 956.5 points after two days, trailing only Princeton.

    Freshman Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) captured NCAA qualifying times in two different events on Saturday to highlight competition for Rutgers. She bested her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke, swimming the event in 55.90. Her time currently ranks as the 14th fastest in the nation. Harrigan also swam the 200-yard freestyle event in 1:49.56 to finish just ahead of junior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) who recorded a time of 1:51.02.

    The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of Harrigan, sophomore Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC), freshman Katie Kuczmarkski (Wilmington, DE), senior Michelle DeFreese (Rahway, NJ) placed first with a time of 1:45.03.

    Nichols, Wick, Harrigan and junior Samantha Caetano (Alameda, CA) led all competitors in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:28.26.

    DeFreese also captured the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly A final with a time of 56.30. Freshman Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY) placed fourth with a time of 57.85.

    Junior Liz Carter (West Covina, CA) swam to a fourth place finish in the A Final of the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:31.85. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kuczmarkski led RU, swimming the event in 1:04.92.

    On the men’ side, junior Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) led all swimmers in the A Final of the 400-yard IM, recording a time of 3:58.54 for the event.

    Senior Matt Haibach (Pittsford, NY) swam the 100-yard butterfly in 51.19 to lead Rutgers. Freshman Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) was next for the Scarlet Knights, recording a time of 51.73 in the event.

    Junior Nathan Ilnicki (Crescent, PA) finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.84 to lead the RU. Sophomore Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) swam the 100-yard backstroke in 51.71.

    Competition in the Princeton Invitational will wrap up on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. with the finals slated for 5 p.m.

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