PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) and junior Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) will represent at the annual NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The women’s event will take place March 17-19 in West Lafayette, IN while the men’s runs March 24-26 in Minneapolis, MN.
Harrigan will compete in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke on Friday, March 18 and the 200 backstroke on Saturday, March 19. Last season, she earned All-America honors in the 200 backstroke after attaining honorable mention All-America accolades in 2003. Harrigan holds seven individual BIG EAST titles and six relay records.
At the BIG EAST Championships in February, Harrigan became the first Rutgers female swimmer to earn Most Outstanding Swimmer honors. She 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.
Smith is also coming off a standout performance at the BIG EAST Championships where he took home Most Outstanding Swimmer honors. 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.
Last year, Smith redshirted after suffering a shoulder injury, but recovered in time to participate in the 2004 Olympic Trials, where he swam in the 400 IM, 400 freestyle and 200 butterfly.
Both the Rutgers men’s and women’s squads finished in third place at the 2005 BIG EAST Championships.