PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened up their seasons with the annual Red-Black Intra Squad meet. On the men's side, the Black team came away with the win, 59-54, while the Red team was victorious for the women, 63-49.
Highlights for the men included the Black team taking an immediate lead through a victory in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:33.49. Sophomore Adam Papendick (Kinnelon, NJ) anchored the relay to edge out the Red team by just 4 tenths of a second. The Red team sophomores Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI) and Alan Bakes (Brown Hills, NJ) fought back in the 1,000 freestyle securing first and second place with times of 9:53.44 and 9:59.72, respectively. Thompson also took top honors in the 500 freestyle (4:46.88). The battle continued with the Black team taking the top two places in the 200 freestyle. Junior Bobby Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) and freshman Zach Shimota (Eden Prairie, MN) clocked times of 1:44.39 and 1:45.68 respectively.
Freshman Andy Dilz (Cincinnati, OH) made an impressive showing by taking first place in both the 50 freestyle (21.63) and the 200 breaststroke (2:06.78). Freshman Josh Griffey (Pleasant Prairie, WI) demonstrated similar success with top honors in the 200 IM (1:58.23) as well as the 200 backstroke (1:56.11). These Red team victories coupled with sophomore Larry Rosa's (West Windsor, NJ) victory in the 200 butterfly (2:00.42) and freshman Steve Miller's (Windham, NH) first place 100 freestyle (47.86) kept the competition fierce. The final victory went to the Black team's freshman Eric Lane (New Canaan, CT), Daplyn, senior Chris Farrell (Aberdeen, NJ), and Shimota in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.83).
Freshmen Andre Watson (Hempstead, NY) took first place on both boards scoring 260.62 on the 1-meter board and 263.25 on the 3-meter. Senior Olivier Giron (Fairfax, VA) took second on both boards with scores of 236.55 on 1-meter and 255.97 on 3-meter.
On the women's side, the Black team opened the meet with a victory in the 400 medley relay. Senior Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT), sophomore Cat Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ), freshman Linda Tate (Lantana, FL) and freshman Laura Wright (Longmont, CO) combined forces to post a time of 3:54.53. Harrigan went on to capture two more wins in the 200 freestyle (1:51.45) and the 500 freestyle (4:54.55). Junior Allyson Parent (Glens Falls, NY), who took second in the 500 freestyle (5:09.86), also claimed top honors in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:12.62, which was just 1 second off of her lifetime best.
Freshman Madison Kennedy (Avon, CT) blew the competition away in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. She clocked a time of 23.52 in the 50 freestyle, missing the school record by only .09. In the 100 freestyle, Kennedy beat the rest of the field by nearly 2 seconds with a time of 51.62. Another multiple event winner was freshman Cat Whetstone (Beach Haven, NJ) in both the 200 IM (2:11.07) and the 200 backstroke (2:09.92). Junior Sarah Bicknell (Bettendorf, IA) took tops honors in the 200 butterfly (2:08.37) while Hetzel won the 200 breaststroke (2:23.48). The Red team ended the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay. Kennedy, Parent, freshman Kasey Kesses (Woodbridge, CT), and junior Sarah Gault (Chateauguay, Quebec) rallied a winning time of 1:38.21. However, the highlight of the event was sophomore Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV) breaking the 24 second barrier for the first time in her life with a split of 23.9.
In the diving scene, senior Erica Moreland (Schenectady, NY) took first on the 3-meter board (226.50) narrowly edging out junior Meghan Senso (Neenah, WI) who scored 214.57. On the 1-meter board, sophomore Sharon Fish (Northbrook, IL) clinched the number one spot (243.45) just ahead of Moreland's score of 238.12.
The Scarlet Knights will compete again in the Sonny Werblin Invitational held at the Sonny Werblin Recreational Center on October 22 and 23.