LOUISVILLE, KY. (February 21, 2014) – In the third day of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships, the Rutgers swimming and diving team reset three school records to maintain a third-place standing, Friday evening at the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky. Sophomore Joanna Wu’s (Kent, Wash.) gold-medal performance in the 100 backstroke highlighted a record-breaking day for the Scarlet Knights, as it marked the first event win for the team through three days of competition.
Louisville remains in first with 654 points followed by SMU (443), Rutgers (378), UConn (309), Cincinnati (271) and Houston (228).
“I could not be more pleased with how we are competing at this championships meet,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “It is great to see this team reap the benefits of all its hard work throughout the season. We still have one more day of competition, and need to stay focused and finish strong.”
Wu’s gold-medal swim in the 100 backstroke event was just one of three school records set on the day. The second-year Scarlet Knight would touch the wall at 52.97 – a 2013 NCAA Invite cut.
Classmate Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) broke her second RU record in as many days and also garnered her second silver medal in as many days. Pfaff completed the 400 I.M. in 4:13.85 to break a 12-year record that stood since the 2002 campaign. Yesterday, the sophomore claimed second in the 200 I.M.
Pfaff’s time in the 400 I.M. is also an NCAA “B” cut mark.
The Scarlet Knights broke their third school record in the 400 medley relay, as Wu, junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), and seniors Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) combined for a time of 3:39.84 to claim third. The foursome broke their own record of 3:40.52 that they set at the 2013 BIG EAST Championship meet.
Guinee added a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly, coming in at 54.73, while Moser claimed sixth in the event at 55.25. Leberfinger also claimed a top-five individual finish, as the junior turned in an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:02.37 in the 100 breast – good for fifth. Senior swim captain Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) also advanced to the finals of the 100 breast and finished in eighth (1:03.56).
Rookie Barbra Brottman (Deerfield, Ill.) also put forth a tremendous effort on the day; finishing three spots behind Pfaff in the 400 I.M. with a mark of 4:23.33.
The American Athletic Conference Championship concludes with the final day tomorrow, Feb. 21 beginning at 10 a.m. with swimming preliminaries. Diving prelims and consolations will begin at 12:30 pm. The conference will host a senior recognition ceremony at 5:35 p.m., prior to the beginning of the finals at 6 p.m.
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