Freshman Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) captured NCAA qualifying times in two different events on Saturday to highlight competition for Rutgers. She bested her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke, swimming the event in 55.90. Her time currently ranks as the 14th fastest in the nation. Harrigan also swam the 200-yard freestyle event in 1:49.56 to finish just ahead of junior Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) who recorded a time of 1:51.02.
The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of Harrigan, sophomore Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC), freshman Katie Kuczmarkski (Wilmington, DE), senior Michelle DeFreese (Rahway, NJ) placed first with a time of 1:45.03.
Nichols, Wick, Harrigan and junior Samantha Caetano (Alameda, CA) led all competitors in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:28.26.
DeFreese also captured the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly A final with a time of 56.30. Freshman Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY) placed fourth with a time of 57.85.
Junior Liz Carter (West Covina, CA) swam to a fourth place finish in the A Final of the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:31.85. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kuczmarkski led RU, swimming the event in 1:04.92.
On the men’ side, junior Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) led all swimmers in the A Final of the 400-yard IM, recording a time of 3:58.54 for the event.
Senior Matt Haibach (Pittsford, NY) swam the 100-yard butterfly in 51.19 to lead Rutgers. Freshman Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) was next for the Scarlet Knights, recording a time of 51.73 in the event.
Junior Nathan Ilnicki (Crescent, PA) finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.84 to lead the RU. Sophomore Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA) swam the 100-yard backstroke in 51.71.
Competition in the Princeton Invitational will wrap up on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. with the finals slated for 5 p.m.