INDIANAPOLIS(March 1, 2013) – The Rutgers swimming and diving team sits in fifth place after day two of action at the BIG EAST Championships at Iupui Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Scarlet Knights tallied 70 points in Wednesday’s events, and 83.5 points on Thursday to bring the total to 153.50 at the conclusion of day two.
“We are off to a strong start, and I am pleased with our performance thus far,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “There is a lot of swimming and diving left and we need to remain focused in order to continue reaching our team goals.”
RU opened day one with 3-meter diving watching Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y) finish ninth in the finals round with a 271.00 mark, followed by teammate Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) who completed her finals dives with a 268.60 score.
In the 800 freestyle event, the RU crew of Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.), Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J), and Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.),finished the finals bout of the competition and racked in a seventh place touch with a 7:21.29 touch.
Next on the docket was another RU squad who picked up a fourth place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team comprised of Wu, Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), Guinee and Moser touched in at 1:41.32.
RU finished day one in fifth place with 70 points, just one point behind Connecticut (71) and five points behind Pittsburgh (75).
Rutgers continued the trend the following day, as the RU 200 freestyle relay squad picked up a another fourth place finish as Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.), Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada), Sophie Newton (Leesburg, Va.), and Moser touched in with a 1:33.50 finish.
In individual competition, Wu finished the 500 free with a 4:49.99 mark, shaving over three seconds off her prelim touch. Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) came into the 200 individual medley in the twelve-spot with a 2:03.56 mark, while Moser and Coyne finished the 50 freestyle finals with 9th and 13th place finishes with times of 23.28 and 23.59, respectively.
Again, the Scarlet Knight divers made their mark as Scott finished her six dives in the finals with a 264.60 score, good for sixth-place finish. Senior Katie Kearney (Mahwah, N.J.) dove for a 264.45 mark, while Honey finished with 233.20 points.
RU combined for 153.50 total points so far on the weekend, with action to continue Friday.
The championships continue on Friday with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 100 breast stroke, the 100 backstroke, and the 400 medley relay. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m.
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