EAST MEADOW, NY – The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have completed 27 events at the 2003 BIG EAST Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center. The women find themselves in second place after day two of the three-day event with 428 points, 73 behind Notre Dame. The men sit in third place with 364.5 points." />
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Women in Second, Men Third After Second Day of BIG EAST Championships
  • Posted on February 21, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • EAST MEADOW, NY – The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have completed 27 events at the 2003 BIG EAST Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center. The women find themselves in second place after day two of the three-day event with 428 points, 73 behind Notre Dame. The men sit in third place with 364.5 points.

    With 792.5 total combined points, the Scarlet Knight men and women are in third place, just 73 points behind Notre Dame with 865.5 combined points.

    The 200-yard medley relay team of Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT), Michelle DeFreese (Rahway, NJ), Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC) and Katie Kuczmarkski (Wilmington, DE) broke the BIG EAST record on their way to a first place finish with a time of 1:41.92.

    Harrigan set a new BIG EAST and school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.55. Her time is an NCAA A cut.

    DeFreese also defended her title in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming the event in 53.32, setting a new BIG EAST and school record.

    Kuczmarkski placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke, breaking the RU record and earning an NCAA B cut with a time of 1:03.38.

    The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Harrigan, Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO), Samantha Caetano (Alameda, CA) and Erin McIntyre (Broomfield, CO) took first place honors with a new BIG EAST and school record time of 7:1643. The time is currently the seventh fastest in the country.

    McIntyre earned an NCAA B cut time of 4:19.84 in the 400 IM, while Wick and Caetano finished third and fourth respectively in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking BIG EAST B cut times.

    Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) won the 400 IM with a school-record and NCAA B cut time of 3:52.25.

    In the 100-yard butterfly event, Mike Kush (Wescosville, PA) earned a school-record time of 49.03 to win the consolation finals, finishing ninth.

    Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle prelims, clocking in at 1:38.38.

    The men’s 100-yard breaststroke event saw Nathan Ilnicki (Crescent, PA) lower his own school record in the prelims with a time of 56.06. He finished seventh in the finals.

    The BIG EAST Championships will wrap up on Saturday with the prelims beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals set for 6 p.m.

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