VILLANOVA, PA – The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept BIG EAST foe Villanova University Friday afternoon in Villanova, PA. The men brought home a 139-90 victory, while the women rolled to a 150.5-92.5 win.
The men (1-1 BIG EAST) opened the meet with a 400 medley relay victory by freshman Devin Hougardy (Moscow, ID), freshman Eric Lane (New Canaan, CT), sophomore Larry Rosa (West Windsor, NJ), and junior Bobby Daplyn (Vineland, NJ) who combined forces to post a time of 3:37.02. Seniors Jonathan Hupp (Mobile, AL) and Chris Farrell (Aberdeen, NJ) kept the momentum going as they secured first and second place in the 1,000 freestyle. The 200 freestyle proved none too difficult for the Knights as freshmen Zach Shimota (Eden Prairie, MN) and Andy Dilz (Cincinatti, OH) swam first and second place times of 1:45.36 and 1:45.40. In the 50 freestyle, Lane posted a time of 22.31 to take second place, while sophomore Scott Thompson (Birmingham, MI) took top honors in the 200 IM (1:57.72). Freshman Steve Miller (Windham, NH), who finished second place behind Thompson in the 200 IM, went on to win the 200 butterfly (1:56.98). He was followed by freshman Josh Griffey (Pleasant Prairie, WI), Hupp, and Farrell as RU swept the event.
Thompson proved his versatility by winning the 200 backstroke (1:56.98), and Shimota took third in the 100 freestyle (49.10). Rutgers swept the 500 freestyle with Rosa and sophomore Adam Dimenna (Philadelphia, PA) swimming first and second place times of 4:49.55 and 4:57.89. Lane swam a 2:12.17 to earn top honors in the 200 breaststroke, while Griffey took third in the event (2:14.44). The men capped off the meet with a final victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Dilz, Lane, Daplyn, and Miller swam to victory with a 3:11.59.
On the women’s (2-0 BIG EAST) side, the 400 medley relay team of freshman Cat Whetstone (Beach Haven, NJ), sophomore Cat Hetzel (Metuchen, NJ), senior Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY), and freshman Madi Kennedy (Avon, CT) started the meet off right by taking top honors (3:54.42). Senior Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) and junior Allyson Parent (Glens Falls, NY) swam to respective second (10:11.11) and third (10:13.66) place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle, while junior Sarah Bicknell took third in the 200 freestyle (1:55.41). The Lady Knights found success again the 50 freestyle as Kennedy took first (23.86) followed by sophomore Angelina Colavito’s (Las Vegas, NV) 24.21. Freshman Laura Wright (Longmont, CO) swam a time of 2:07.35 in the 200 IM, touching the wall just .01 behind the first place finisher. She was followed by Whetstone and Dean as the Lady Knights achieved second through fourth place in the event. Bicknell took second in the 200 butterfly (2:04.13) while sophomore Mindy Tang (Durham, NC) and freshman Linda Tate (Lantana, FL) finished second and third.
The Scarlet Knights’ Whetstone led a sweep in the 200 backstroke with her winning time of 2:06.95. Sophomore Annie Goldstein (Barrington, RI) and Dean followed closely behind her, taking second and third, respectively. Harrigan won the 100 freestyle (51.74) while Parent’s 4:58.15 found her similar success in the 500 freestyle. Wright finished third in the event with 5:06.29, a personal best time for her. The 200 breaststroke brought more success as Rutgers’ Hetzel and freshman Kara Ernst (Sekonk, MA) claimed first (2:18.86) and second (2:23.58) place honors. The 400 freestyle relay of Parent, Kennedy, Wright, and Harrigan captured the last victory (3:27.51) bringing the conquest to an end.
The divers shared an equally successfully day with the swimmers. The men swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards with freshman Andre Watson’s (Hempstead, NY) double wins. His score of 283.80 on 1-meter was followed by senior Olivier Giron (Fairfax, VA), freshman Artiom Jangols (Wanaque, NJ), and sophomore Tyler Beckenbach (Princeton, NJ) taking second through fourth after him. On 3-meter, the men finished in the exact same order following Watson’s 283.05 point win. Junior Meghan Senso (Neenah, WI) and senior Erica Moreland (Schenectady, NY) scored 246.75 and 237.23 on 1-meter to obtain first and second place honors. On the 3-meter board, Senso, again, took first place (257.85) while sophomore Sharon Fish (Northbrook, IL) claimed third (215.46).
The swimming and diving teams will be competing at home on Sunday, Nov. 20, when the Princeton Tigers travel to Piscataway, NJ to take on the Scarlet Knights.