PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 28, 2014) – The 2013-14 season proved to be a historic campaign for the Rutgers swimming and diving team, as the Scarlet Knights posted a multitude of notable accomplishments throughout the year. The season officially came to a close on March 22, as senior diver Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) and sophomore swimmer Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) represented the squad at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. It marked the first time since 2008 that two Scarlet Knights advanced to the tournament.
"I was very pleased and proud of our season a whole this year,” said fourth-year head coach Phil Spiniello. “The entire team really worked hard and stayed focused all season on our goals and it paid off in the end. I am excited about the direction we are headed in as a program."
Scott concluded her stellar career “On the Banks” by finishing 16th overall in the platform event to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors. In doing so, she became the first Scarlet Knight to earn All-America status since Shayna Longacre was also named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2008.
The diver qualified for NCAAs by capturing a silver medal in the platform dive at the 2014 Zone Championships on March 12 for the second-straight year.
Wu was selected by the NCAA to compete in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events, making her the first swimmer under Spiniello to attend. The second-year Scarlet Knight posted the 17th-best time in the nation of 1:54.07 during the regular season in the 200 back and added the 30th-ranked time in the 100 back (52.97) to qualify.
Spiniello was named the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading Rutgers to a third-place finish at the inaugural AAC Championships. It marked RU’s best finish at a conference meet since the 2006-07 campaign when the team finished second at the BIG EAST Conference Championships.
Over the four day championships, Rutgers earned eight medals, including two gold by Wu in the 100 and 200 back, two silvers by sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) in the 200 and 400 I.M., a silver by Scott in the platform, a bronze by senior Brittany Guinee in the 200 fly and two additional bronze medals in relay events.
Rutgers scored third-place finishes in both the 200 medley and 400 medley relays. Both squads consisted of Wu, junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.), Guinee and senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.).
Guinee, Leberfinger, Moser, Pfaff, Scott and Wu would all receive 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference Team accolades for their performances at the championships.
On the year, RU broke a total of nine school records between the regular season and postseason.
Scott became the first Scarlet Knight to reset a school record this season, as she set the RU standard in the 3-meter dive during the squad’s quad meet against former BIG EAST rivals Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova in early November. The diving captain went on to reset her own school record in the platform dive at the Frank Elm Invitational on Nov. 23.
At AACs, Rutgers broke seven total records, two of which were reset at the 2014 ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships, while an additional one which was later reset at NCAAs.
Wu posted a 52.74 in the prelims of the 100 back at NCAAs to reset her own record, and also owns the 200 back record which she recorded at the conference championships.
Leberfinger and Pfaff both established new RU standards in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.55) and 200 butterfly, respectively (1:58.02).
Pfaff etched her name in the Rutgers’ record books in both the 200 I.M. (1:58.46) and 400 I.M. (4:13.85) at AACs.
The 400 medley relay squad of Wu, Leberfinger, Guinee and Moser recorded a time of 3:39.84 at AACs to top their school record from last season.
Rutgers concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a 9-4-1 record in dual-meet scoring competitions, capped by securing four victories to end the slate. Two of the Scarlet Knights’ four losses on the season came against ranked opponents – No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Notre Dame.
In addition to Michigan, RU also faced off against future Big Ten opponents, Illinois and Northwestern. Rutgers battled the Fighting Illini to a 150-150 stalemate, winning nine of 16 events, while several Scarlet Knights secured multiple first-place finishes.
Wu led the Scarlet Knights in their quad-meet against the Wolverines, Fighting Irish and Wildcats with three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a win in the 200 yard backstroke. Moser also posted three top-10 finishes on the day, including a third-place finish in the 100 fly.
Out of the pool, Scott also represented the program well, earning two prestigious academic awards: the American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Rutgers’ New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year award.
Rutgers graduates six seniors who were the first class to swim under Spiniello for four years “On the Banks;” Guinee, Kara Millaci (Whitehouse Station, N.J.), Moser, Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.), Chelsea Rolin (Saint-Lazare, QC, Canada) and Scott.
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