PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 12, 2012) In the final day of competition at the Frank Elm Invite at RU Aquatic Center, Rutgers finished in second place with 1445 points. The Scarlet Knights followed Villanova, who took the top spot and finished with 1737.5 points.
“I’m extremely happy with the way our team competed this weekend,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “We are learning how to race unrested midseason against fast competition. This is a huge step forward for the program. Congratulations to Nicole Scott on her diving platform school record. This team is setting itself up for success.”
Behind Villanova and Rutgers sat Columbia (1386), West Chester (1354.5), Johns Hopkins (1016), Drexel (551), University of Massachusetts (270), Saint Peters (192), United States Military Academy (152), Boston University (82), and Coast Guard Academy (28) rounding out the pack.
In the first race on Sunday, RU’s Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) took fifth in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:59.56. She was followed by Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) who finished at 17:02.55, and fellow Scarlet Knights Caroline Carlisle (Holly Springs, N.C) (17:38.58) and Casey Penrose (Tacoma, Wash.) (17:55.37) also brought in points for RU.
Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) took home silver in the 200 back finals as she finished with a time of 1:59. 75. Carlisle and Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) also competed in the finals with times of 2:12.04 and 2:09.88, respectively.
RU had three representatives in the 100 free finals, as Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) touched the wall ninth with a time of 51.84, and Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) came in right after at 52.78. Rolin was third of the Scarlet Knights to touch with a time of 54.36.
Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) swam a 2:22.52 200 breast race, and was followed by teammates Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) and Victoria Maqueda (Los Alamos, N.M.) who grabbed points for RU with times of 2:23.82 and 2:24.98.
In the 200 fly, Rutgers had six swimmers advance to the finals. Freshman Penrose was in first at 2:08.20, followed by Moser (2:06.59), captain Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill.) (2:08.15), and Lee (2:12.81). The final RU swimmer to finish was Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.) who came in at 2:15.55.
The RU ‘A’ squad comprised of Moser, Wu, Coyne, and Rolin finished in the six-spot with a time of 3:33.20. The ‘B’ crew, who was made up of Gibson-Brokop, Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), Newton and Perrotti, finished with a time of 3:42.06.
The Rutgers divers had a huge weekend, as Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) finished with a new school record on her platform event.
Scott finished the one-meter finals in second with a 264.90 mark, and second in the three-meter event with a 277.45 score. Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) scored third in the three-meter with 265.30 points.
Scott and Honey took the 1-2 spots in the platform event scoring 269.70 and 228.85, respectively.