PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 17, 2013) - The Rutgers swimming and diving team is back in action after a month and a half break from competition. To kick off 2013, the undefeated Scarlet Knights will host Richmond and Central Connecticut State on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at RU Aquatic Center followed by a Saturday meet against James Madison slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.
“The women are excited and ready to start competing again,” said head swim coach Phil Spiniello. “We are facing some tough competition this weekend as all three schools have recently won their conference championship meet. We will need to swim and dive at a very high level in order compete with these teams.”
Saturday’s meet against JMU will be broadcast live on AT&T’s RVision, with Danny Breslauer calling the action.
Last season, RU suffered its only two losses to Richmond and James Madison, two of this weekend’s competitors.
The last time the Knights were in the water in early December they finished with a 204-79 victory over George Washington and a 170-120 score to top Old Dominion. The diving squad swept both the one-meter and three-meter diving events during their trip to Virginia.
In that last bout of action, the RU relays finished 1-2, and swept the 100 breaststroke with Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) finishing in 1:05.39, Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) touched in second at 1:06.03, and Victoria Maqueda (Los Alamos, N.M.) came in with the bronze at 1:07.05.
With other top times, RU took the top two spots in the 50 freestyle as Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) and Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) touched first and second with times of 24.03 and 24.82 respectively. Moser also finished first in the 100 freestyle, finishing at 52.18.
Junior Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) came in right behind with a 53.58 touch.
A couple other top finishes featured Leberfinger and Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) who finished the 200 breast race with gold and silver. Leberfinger came in at 2:21.43, while Perrotti was next in with a 2:24.70 touch. Freshman Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) grabbed the top spot in the 200 freestyle event with a time of 1:52.33.
Catch the live action on Saturday at www.scarletknights.com.
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