PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming head coach Chuck Warner has announced the commitments of 12 student-athletes to the swimming and diving program for the 2003-04 academic year.
Rutgers has added a total of seven women and five men ranging from two countries and seven states. In all, nine swimmers and three divers will join the Scarlet Knights this fall.
They are Sarah Bicknell (Bettendorf, IA), Rob Carlisle (Somers Point, NJ), Zach Coppa (Westfield, NJ), Bobby Daplyn (Vineland, NJ), Laura Fabiano (West Orange, NJ), Fish (Northbrook, IL), Sarah Gault (Chateauguaw, Quebec, Canada), Annie Goldstein (Barrington, RI), Rob Horton (Absecon, NJ), Ned Keenan (Clayton, CA), Allyson Parent (Glen Falls, NY) and Meghan Senso (Neenah, WI).
“It is always our practice to recruit people who have the potential to improve a great deal,” said Warner. “Although we lose 10 graduating seniors, we have helped ourselves greatly in diving and added some swimmers that can help make us better, including improving our relays. We are also counting on the healthy return of Akemi Parker and Molly Jones (Rutgers’ 2002 Most Outstanding Freshmen), who have made good progress this spring.”
Daplyn headlines the Scarlet Knight class of 2003-04. He was the 2003 New Jersey high school champion in the 200 (1:42) and 500 freestyle (4:37).
“Bobby is a very gifted swimmer. He is thin, but holds water very well. He has only trained in a club setting year round for the last year,” said Warner.
Bicknell has already performed times of 57 seconds and 2:06 in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events and this past season performed a 51.3 split in the 400 freestyle relay.
“Sarah is the fastest butterflyer to ever join the women’s team, easily exceeding the level of school record holders Michelle DeFreese and Andrea Miller when they came to Rutgers,” said Warner. “She could challenge for championship relay positions.”
Parent is an outstanding student who is expected to compete in the 100 and 200 backstroke events for the Scarlet Knights. She already swam the 100 in 59 seconds and the 200 in 2:06, scoring at Y-Nationals in the 400 IM (4:33) in April.
“Like Sarah, Allyson has both the ability and desire to be an outstanding swimmer,” said Warner. “We are hoping for great things out of her next winter.”
Gault is the lone student-athlete from outside the United States to join the Scarlet Knights. She had an excellent winter season, performing short course meter times that convert to 23.7 50-yard freestyle and 51.6 100 freestyle times. She has also registered times of 1:04.8 in the 100 yard and 2:21 200-yard breaststroke events, while swimming the 200 IM in 2:03.5.
“Sarah had an excellent winter season and has recorded solid times in
the freestyle and breaststroke events,” said Warner. “She is also
a proven sprint butterflyer.”
Fabiano was a scorer at the National Y Championships in the 100 (:59) and 200 (2:05) backstroke events.
“Laura signed with us in the fall and has proven she can register fast times and score points for us,” said Warner.
Goldstein scored in both backstroke events at the Northeast Sectional Championships, performing swims of 59 seconds in the 100 and 2:05 in the 200.
“Annie is a solid backstroke swimmer and performed well at the sectional meet,” said Warner. “We are excited to bring here aboard.”
Warner has signed a trio of talented male freestyle swimmers for the 2003-04 season. Kennan performed perhaps the most outstanding 500 freestyle of any incoming freshman in Rutgers swimming history, swimming a time of 4:33 at the National Junior Championships in April. Horton was the New Jersey high school runner-up in the 50 freestyle (21.4).
“Both Ned and Rob are tremendous athletes with great room to improve in both the freestyle and backstroke events,” said Warner.
Coppa becomes the third member of his family to join the Rutgers swimming program. He had outstanding senior season with times of 21.2, 46.9 and 1:42 in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events.
“Zach is coming off a great season and is training hard, improving consistently on each time,” said Warner.
Rutgers diving head coach Fred Woodruff has also announced the addition of two women and one man to the Scarlet Knight diving squad for the fall. The lone male recruit, Carlisle has qualified for the Junior Nationals last summer on platform. In April, he qualified for the 2003 East Nationals on the three-meter springboard.
“Rob has only been training seriously for about 10 months, but has already demonstrated the skills and has great potential,” said Warner.
Woodruff has also added two women divers in Senso and Fish. Both are expected to have an immediate impact in the springboard events next winter.
“Meghan has good skills with which to build on and has performed highly-competitive lists on both boards,” commended Warner.
A converted gymnast, Fish has strong one-meter experience and has already begun to develop quickly on the three-meter board.
“Sharon shows the athleticism and strength to be successful in the highly competitive BIG EAST Conference and has proven she will be a factor next season,” added Warner.
The Rutgers women’s team finished the 2002-03 season 4-3, sending four swimmers to the NCAA Championships, while the men finished 5-3, sending one member to the NCAA Championships. Both teams were a perfect 4-0 in the BIG EAST last season.