PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both improved to 4-2 on the season with victories over St. John’s and Seton Hall on Saturday at the Rutgers Aquatics Center. The men, 4-0 in BIG EAST competition defeated the Pirates, 199-91, before knocking off the Red Storm, 140.5-120.5. The women beat SHU, 176-98, while downing St. John’s 140-108." />
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Rutgers Sweeps Seton Hall and St. John's
  • Posted on January 18, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Rutgers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both improved to 4-2 on the season with victories over St. John’s and Seton Hall on Saturday at the Rutgers Aquatics Center. The men, 4-0 in BIG EAST competition defeated the Pirates, 199-91, before knocking off the Red Storm, 140.5-120.5. The women beat SHU, 176-98, while downing St. John’s 140-108.

    After missing the first two months of training due to a broken collarbone, senior All-American Erin McIntyre (Broomfield, CO) swam the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:53.15, currently the second-fastest time in the BIG EAST. In only her third meet back, McIntyre won the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:15.69.

    Michelle De Freese (Rahway, NJ) set a new pool record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.37.

    Katie Kuczmarksi (Wilmington, DE) won the 200-yard backstroke, while setting a new school record, with a time of 2:19.81. The 200-yard medley relay team of Kuczmarksi, Amanda Widdis (Long Branch, NJ), Ruth Nichols (Raleigh, NC) and Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT), finished first with a time of 1:50.84.

    Adrienne Coppa (Westfield, NJ) finished the 50-yard freestyle in 24.48, earning a BIG EAST A qualifying time for the first time in her four-year career as a Scarlet Knight. RU swept the first four places of the event, with Kelly Roche (Redding, CA) coming in second (24.54), Casmera Wick (Longmont, CO) taking third (24.68) and Renee Quetel (No. Caldwell, NJ) finishing fourth-place (24.96).

    Jillian Zebeck (Mound, MN) also had a BIG EAST A qualifying time, finishing the 100-yard backstroke in 59.80. Andrea Miller (White Plains, NY) finished behind her in second with a time of 1:00.62. Zebeck finished the 200-yard backstroke in 2:11.30 for second place.

    Allie Dean (Buffalo, NY) took first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.53 and Liz Carter (West Covina, CA) finished behind her for second in 1:08.6. Harrigan won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.69.

    Molly Jones (Lodi, CA) finished the 200-yard freestyle event in first with a time of 1:54.30 and Kathryn Kafentzis (Missoula, MT) finished behind her in second with a time of 1:54.90.

    Kelly Gerhardstein (Sandusky, OH) won first in the one-meter diving with a score of 238.5. Gerhardstein had 266.41 points to win the three-meter diving. Nichols took first in the 100-yard freestyle (52.91), Coppa took second (53.81) and Kafentzis took third (54.21).

    Wick won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.42 and Jones took second while 5:04.36, a BIG EAST A qualifying time.

    On the men’s side, Bobby Binz (Woodbury, NJ) finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.94, qualifying for BIG EAST A. Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) finished the same event in first with a time of 1:40.98. Smith finished the 500-yard freestyle in second place with a time of 4:34.12.

    The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Josh Van Norman (San Diego, CA), Eric Jennings (Edmond, OK), Matt Haibach (Pittsford, NY) and Ivan Morse (Pleasanton, CA) finished in first with a time of 1:35.47.

    James Miller (Hamburg, NY) finished the 1000-yard freestyle competition in second with a time of 9:43.93. Van Norman took first in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.8, while Nathan Ilnicki (Crescent, PA) won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.70. Ilnicki also won the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.26) and took second in 200-yard IM (1:55.07).

    Tyler Clark (Granada Hills, CA) finished the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.29 to take second place. Mike Kush (Wescosville, PA) took second in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.30.

    Olivier Giron (Fairfax, VA) won the three-meter diving competition with 215.93 points. Giron also took first in the one-meter diving competition with 208.20 points. Ryan Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) placed second in the 100-yard freestyle competition with a time of 47.73 and finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (51.08).

    Binz, Kush, Van Norman and Morse won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:06.04.

    The Scarlet Knight men return to action next Saturday, Jan. 25, at Columbia at 4:30 p.m. Both the men and the women will resume competition Saturday, Feb. 2, hosting Penn State at 1 p.m. inside the Rutgers Aquatics Center.

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