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Swimming and Diving Opens Season at Sonny Werblin Invite
  • Posted on October 24, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers swimming and diving teams competed in the annual Sonny Werblin Invitational held October 21 and 22.

    On the men’s side Rutgers swept the 100 breaststroke with freshman Andy Dilz (Cincinatti, OH), sophomore Steve Park (Northridge, CA), and freshman Eric Lane (New Canaan, CT) taking the top three spots and in the process achieving their Big East ‘A’ cuts. The Scarlet Knights’ success continued in the 200 IM as freshman Steve Miller (Windham, NH), Park, freshman Josh Griffey (Pleasant Prairie, WI), and sophomore Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI) claimed the top four places, all swimming Big East ‘B’ cut times. Thompson also took second in the 500 freestyle achieving a Big East ‘A’ cut with a time of 4:40.74 while junior Bobby Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) took fifth (4:44.40). Sophomore Adam Papendick (Kinnelon, NJ) was the 50 freestyle champion (21.79) as RU again secured the top four spots

    The RU men swept the 400 IM with Thompson, sophomore Alan Bakes (Brown Mills, NJ) and Griffey rounding out the top three places. Senior Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) took top honors in the 100 butterfly (53.11), and Daplyn followed suit in the 200 freestyle (1:44.23) landing a Big East ‘A’ cut time. Freshman Zach Shimota (Eden Prairie, MN) and Griffey took second and fourth in the 100 backstroke clocking times of 54.30 and 54.80.

    Thompson took second place in the 1650 freestyle with a qualifying time of 16:23.67 while Daplyn swam a Big East ‘B’ cut time of 48.10 to claim the number one spot in the 100 freestyle. The Knights dominated the 200 breaststroke with Dilz, Park, senior Jamie Miller (Buffalo, NY), and Lane finishing first through fourth. Dilz and Park attained Big East ‘A” cuts in the event clocking times of 2:09.49 and 2:09.94. Clark and senior Jonathan Hupp (Mobile, AL) placed first and second in the 200 butterfly.

    The Lady Knights shared a multitude of victories beginning with senior Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) and junior Allyson Parent’s (Glens Falls, NY) first and second place finishes in the 500 freestyle. Both women achieved Big East ‘A’ cuts in the event. Sophomore Cat Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ), senior Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY), and junior Katie Kuczmarkski (Wilmington, DE) took second through fourth in the 100 breaststroke, in the process qualifying for Big East. RU swept the 200 IM taking the top four places with Harrigan leading the pack (2:07.47). Freshman Madison Kennedy (Avon, CT), sophomore Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV), freshman Laura Wright (Longmont, CO) and freshman Kasey Kesses (Woodbridge, CT) claimed four of the top five places in the 50 freestyle, accomplishing Big East ‘A’ cuts in the event.

    Parent placed second in the 400 IM, with an automatic qualifying time of 4:31.21. She also claimed victory in the 1650 freestyle achieving another ‘A’ cut (17:06.82). Harrigan was the 100 butterfly champion, as RU swept the top five finishers. Kennedy claimed top honors in the 100 backstroke (57.99) while junior Laura Fabiano (West Orange, NJ) took fourth (1:00.12).

    Sophomore Cat Whetstone (Beach Haven, NJ) and junior Annie Goldstein (Barrington, RI) placed second and third in the 200 backstroke with Big East ‘A’ cuts of 2:06.41 and 2:08.81. Kennedy, Kesses, and Wright took three of the top four spots in the 100 freestyle. In the 200 breaststroke, Hetzel and Dean claimed first and second place both automatically qualifying for Big East. Harrigan took another victory in the 200 butterfly (2:06.60), closely followed by teammates Sarah Bicknell (Bettendorf, IA) and Linda Tate (Lantana, FL). All three swimmers qualified in the event.

    The Scarlet Knights dominated relays throughout the entire meet. Every single relay, men’s or women’s, was won by a team from Rutgers.

    At the other end of the pool, the divers faired well. On the men’s one meter board, the Knights took third through sixth place with senior Olivier Giron (Fairfax, VA) besting his teammates with a score of 222.15. The Lady Knights’ procured first, second, and fourth place on the three meter board with junior Meghan Senso’s winning score of 244.35.

    The Knights compete again in their annual Alumni Meet held Saturday, October 29, at the Sonny Werblin Recreational Center. RESULTS

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