STORRS, CT – The Scarlet Knights men’s and women’s swimming teams journeyed to Storrs, CT this weekend to take on the Connecticut Huskies. The expedition resulted in a split victory for Rutgers. While the men’s team fell to the Huskies in the last minutes of the meet with a score of 155-145, the women’s squad came away with an exciting 155-143 triumph over the Huskies.
“Our men were gallant in trying to extend to four years our streak of winning every BIG EAST dual meet, but we came up a little bit short,” said head coach Chuck Warner. “Our women were greedy to have their names painted on the record board at the UConn pool; they broke seven pool records. Overall, it was one of our better away performances that we’ve had in a long time.”
On the men’s side, Rutgers got off to a slow start falling to the Huskies in the 200 medley relay. This did not, however, deter the Scarlet Knights as they swept the 1,000 freestyle. Senior Jamie Miller (Buffalo, NY), sophomores Larry Rose (West Windsor, NJ) and Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI) took the top three places with Miller’s winning time of 9:52.49. Led by freshman Steve Miller (Windham, NH), the Knights placed second through fourth in the 200 freestyle. The Scarlet Knights triumphed over the Huskies in the 100 backstroke with freshmen Zach Shimota (Eden Prairie, MN) and Josh Griffey (Pleasant Prairie, WI) claiming the top two places with times of 52.88 and 53.17, respectively. Senior Tyler Clark (Grenada Hills, CA) swam a time of 1:54.74 to take second place in 200 butterfly while freshman Andy Dilz won the 50 freestyle (21.49).
In the 100 freestyle, the Scarlet Knights placed second through fourth led again by S. Miller’s time of 47.56. The freshmen duo of Shimota and Griffey again placed first and second in the 200 backstroke swimming times of 1:54.86 and 1:55.53. The Knights swam to victory in the 200 breaststroke with senior Jonathan (Mobile, AL) and freshman Andy Dilz (Cincinnati, OH) topping the Huskies with nearly identical times of 2:07.44 and 2:07.49 respectively. Thompson, J. Miller, and junior Bobby Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) took second, third, and fourth in the 500 freestyle, while Clark took third in the 100 fly (51.82). Dilz, Griffey, and Hupp valiantly swam times of 1:55.60, 1:57.17, and 1:58.04, to obtain second through fourth in the 200 IM, and the Scarlet Knights’ Daplyn, Adam Papendick (Kinnelon, NJ), S. Miller, and Thompson rallied to finish the meet with a roaring victory in the 400 freestyle relay (3:09.78).
The Scarlet Knight women started off the meet with a record-breaking victory in the 200 medley relay. Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT), senior Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY), sophomore Mindy Tang (Durham, NC), and freshman Madison Kennedy (Avon, CT) swam a time of 1:45.63 to break the Huskies’ pool record. Junior Allyson Parent (Glens Falls, NY) took top honors in the 1,000 freestyle with a lifetime best of 10:10.38. The Lady Knights’ success continued in the 200 freestyle with Harrigan breaking another pool record with a time of 1:50.25 while freshman Laura Wright (Longmont, CO) finished second (1:52.28). Kennedy took second in the 100 backstroke (57.25) while sophomore Cat Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ) and Dean placed second and third in the 100 breaststroke. In the 200 butterfly, junior Sarah Bicknell (Bettendorf, IA) obtained the pool record (2:02.99) while Tang and freshman Linda Tate (Lantana, FL) took third and fourth respectively. Sophomore Angelina Colavito (Las Vegas, NV) continued the record-breaking trend with a time of 23.87 in the 50 freestyle.
In the 100 freestyle, Kennedy swam to victory with another pool record (50.99) while Harrigan followed suit in the 200 backstroke (1:58.52), adding yet another pool record to the Knights’ list and narrowly missing her NCAA cut. Dean and Hetzel took second and third respectively in the 200 breaststroke, while Bicknell took second in the 500 freestyle (5:04.64). Tang claimed second place in the 100 fly (58.54), and Wright took second in the 200 IM (2:08.12). Kennedy, Bicknell, Harrigan, and Wright finished off the meet for the Scarlet Knights by smashing one final pool record in the 400 freestyle relay (3:27.67).
On the diving scene, the men took third, fourth, and fifth on the 1-meter board led by senior Olivier Giron’s (Fairfax, VA) score of 245.63. The women took second, fourth, and fifth, led by senior Erica Moreland (Schenectady, NY) who scored 229.19 points. On the 3-meter board, freshman Artiom Jangols (Wanaque, NJ) and Giron took fourth and fifth, while the women were led by junior Meghan Senso (Neenah, WI) who placed second (227.55).
The Scarlet Knights will return to action next Friday, Nov. 11 when they travel to Villanova University to take on the Wildcats.