PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 26, 2013) The Rutgers swimming and diving team took home a pair of wins after a day of swimming at the RU Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 26 topping Fordham (162-132) and Rider (219-75).
“Coach Woodruff and the divers had a phenomenal day on the boards,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “We raced well today and put up some times that I am happy to see at this point in the season. I’m proud of where we are at in our training, and our preparation as we are approaching the BIG EAST meet.”
The Scarlet Knights grabbed an early lead with the 200 medley relay as the Rutgers ‘B’ squad featuring Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), and Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) grabbed the first points of the day as they took the top spot with a 1:46.00 time. The ‘A’ crew composed of Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.), Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.), Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.), and Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) came in third behind a Fordham squad with a time of 1:49.79.
Next on the docket was the 1000 freestyle where RU senior captain Taylor Zafir (Wheaton, Ill notched a solid first place finish with a 10:26.59 performance. Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.) touched fourth in the heat with a time of 10:50.94.
Continuing the first place trend, Moser grabbed the top finish in the 200 freestyle event with a 1:54.39 touch. Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.) and Pfaff also added points for the RU team in the 200 freestyle, coming in third (1:56.53) and sixth (1:57.37), respectively.
Freshman Wu grabbed the two-spot in the backstroke, with a 56.27 time. Carlisle finished fourth with a 59.84 touch and fellow Scarlet Knights Lindsay Gibson-Brokop (Edmonton, AB, Canada) and junior Kara Millaci (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) finished with times of 1:01.35 and 1:04.59.
In the 100 breaststroke, Leberfinger took another top finish for the RU team with a 1:05.63 time. Perrotti came in just over a second later at 1:06.78 for a third place finish, and was followed by teammate, Maqueda who finished fourth in 1:07.59.
With the fifth top-spot finish of the day for RU, Guinee finished the 200 butterfly with a 2:06.47 time. Newton touched sixth with a 2:11.98 and was followed by Millaci shortly after with a 2:21.25 mark.
In the 50 free finals, junior Scarlet Knight Moser finished first as she touched in 24.28. Coyne came in at 24.99, good for fourth place, and was followed by Gibson-Brokop (25.40) and Maqueda (25.78).
In the 100 freestyle finals, the Scarlet Knights grabbed the three-spot with Newton touching in at 54.20. Rolin finished fifth in the race with a 54.40 and Coyne followed directly behind with a time of 54.62.
Pfaff continued to represent the Scarlet Knights well with her 2:04.82 top-spot finish in the 200 backstroke, blowing out her previous season-best time. Carlisle notched at fifth place finish (2:12.57) while Gibson-Brokop touched after at 2:15.58.
Leberfinger tallied another top finish for RU as she swam a 2:21.32 in the 200 breaststroke finals, good for first place. Perrotti touched second with a 2:22.76 time and Maqueda came in shortly after with a 2:28.00 mark.
Wu, this past week’s BIG EAST female swimmer of the week, swam an impressive 5:00.36 in the 500 freestyle. Carlisle finished fourth in 5:12.74 and she was followed behind by Lee who finished in 5:13.32.
Guinee added points for RU with her second place finish in the 100 butterfly (57.67). Newton also chipped in points for the Scarlet Knights with a fourth place finish (1:00.07). Millaci rounded out the pack of RU swimmers in 1:03.35.
In the final solo event of the day, Zafir took home the top mark in the 400 IM with a 4:25.79 post. Perrotti added points for RU with a 4:39.54 time.
In diving action, RU swept the one-meter event as senior captain Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) finished six dives with a 271.20 mark. Next was RU junior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) finished with a 269.20 score. Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) grabbed third with a 245.80 mark. Olivia Harry (Rumson, N.J.) came in fourth with 192.55 points.
The Scarlet Knights also took the three-meter event as Scott (303.10), Honey (300.65), and Harry (217.50) finished in the top three spots.
The Scarlet Knights are back in the pool on February 8-9 for a meet with BIG EAST foes Villanova, Seton Hall, and Georgetown at the RU Aquatic Center.