PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, December 7. THE Rutgers swimming and diving team hosted the first annual Rutgers Super Splash last weekend at the Sonny Werblin Aquatics Center. Here is a recap of the meet, which saw the Scarlet Knights win the male and female team titles.
For the women, freshman Madison Kennedy continued her stellar rookie campaign, achieving a NCAA “A” cut time in the 50 freestyle with a first-place time of 22.86. Also in the 50 free, Angelina Colavito was second (23.81), Sara Gault was fourth (24.37) and Kasey Kesses was fifth (24.41).
Senior Kelly Harrigan gained NCAA “B” cut times in the 500 freestyle, where she finished first (4:51.02), and the 100 backstroke, leading off the medley relay. Also in the 500 free, teammate Allyson Parent was second (4:54.52). In the 200 free relay, Rutgers was first in a time of 3:43.81. The team consisted of Harrigan, Allie Dean, Sarah Bicknell and Kennedy.
Dean racked up more points for Rutgers when she turned in a first-place showing in the 200 individual medley (2:04.98). The Scarlet Knights had the first and second place finishes in the 400 medley relay in times of 3:43.81 and 3:52.98, respectively.
On the men’s side, Rutgers gained 355 points on the first day, led by the 200 free relay team of Andy Dilz, Bobby Daplyn, Adam Papendick and Eric Lane, which finished first in a time of 1:23.93. In the 500 freestyle, three swimmers finished in the top six, led by Scott Thompson (second, 4:35.53), Daplyn (fourth, 4:37.60) and Jamie Miller (sixth, 4:38.64).
The 400 medley relay team of Zach Shimota, Dilz, Tyler Clark and Adam Papendick finished in second place (3:26.67), and Dilz and Clark contributed to the 200 IM with a second and fifth place showing, respectively. Papendick finished fifth in the 50 freestyle (21.31).
On Saturday, Harrigan was on two winning relay teams (200 medley, 800 free) and also took first-place honors in the 100 butterfly (54.36) and 100 backstroke (54.81). In all, the RU women had Big East qualifying marks in the 200 medley relay, 100 back, 100 butterfly and 800 free relay.
The 200 medley relay team consisted of Harrigan, Madison Kennedy, Sara Bicknell and Katie Kuczmarski. It finished in a time of 1:43.29. The 800 free relay squad was Harrigan, Kennedy, Allyson Parent and Bicknell, clocking a time of 7:22.41.
Parent added a second-place showing in the 400 IM, but RU picked up several points in the 100 breakstroke and 100 backstroke with multiple top-five finishes. In the 100 breast, the Scarlet Knights had five of the top six finishers, led by Dean in first place (1:04.23), Kuczmarski (second, 1:04.88), Cat Hetzel (third, 1:05.43), Kara Ernst (fifth, 1:07.17) and Sara Gault (sixth, 1:07.36). Not to be outdone, in the 100 back, six of the top seven finishers were Scarlet Knights, led by Harrigan (first, 54.81), Kennedy (second, 56.76) and Cat Whetstone (fourth, 57.70).
Annie Goldstein was fourth in the 200 free (1:54.90) while Bicknell and Linda Tate finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly.
On the men’s side, the 200 medley relay team of Shimota, Dilz, Clark and Papendick was second (1:34.31) and RU had second and third place finishes in the 800 free relay. The second place squad consisted of Thompson, Shimota, Daplyn and Miller (6:48.23).
Thompson took first-place honors in the 400 IM, clocking a winning time of 4:02.08, while Jonathan Hupp was second (4:03.58) and Clark was third (4:03.63). Clark was also third in the 100 fly (50.58), capping a busy day that saw him swim in each of the first three events of the meet. Shimota and Dilz were second and fifth, respectively, in the 100 back and 100 breast to round out the highlights for RU on the second day.
Thompson and Dilz won the 1650 free and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Thompson swam a winning time of 15:43.63, which is the fastest mark in the Big Eastthis season. Dilz picked up valuable points as the winner of the 200 breast (2:05.64) and Hupp was fourth (2:07.49). In the 200 backstroke, Shimota was second (1:52.50) and Josh Griffey was seventh (1:55.09).
Clark wrapped up a successful weekend by placing second in the 200 fly (1:52.20) and Larry Rosa was fifth (1:55.06). In the 400 medley relay, the team of Shimota, Dilz, Clark and Adam Papendick was second in a time of 3:26.67.
On the women's side, Rutgers had three first-place winners and a winning 400 medley relay team on Sunday. Harrigan had an NCAA "A" cut time in the 200 backstroke (1:56.89. Kennedy won the 100 freestyle in 50.03 and Dean claimed first place in the 200 breatstroke (2:16.33).
Rutgers will be off until January 6, when it returns to action with a dual meet against Harvard.