Koprivova, Stoppa Set Records as Scarlet Knights Win Rutgers Invite

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December 02nd, 2018 Big Ten, College, Ivy League

Rutgers Invitational

Courtesy: Rutgers Athletics

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 1, 2018)– Rutgers swimming and diving continued their multiple day lead over their competition for the win at the Rutgers Invitational.


Rutgers – 2379.5
Columbia – 2097
Queens – 1837.5


  • Junior Francesca Bertotto started off the final session strong for the Scarlet Knights with a win in the 1650-yard freestyle, finishing 20 seconds ahead of second place.
  • Senior Vera Koprivova broke the school and Rutgers Aquatic Center pool record for the 200-yard backstroke for the second time in her career, clocking in at 1:52.42.
  • The 200-yard butterfly Rutgers Aquatic Center pool record was broken by senior Francesca Stoppa who already held the record and reduced it by 1.18 seconds.


  • In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Terka Grusova came in a close second to teammate Koprivova.
  • Rutgers 400-yard freestyle relay ‘B’ consisting of Stoppa, junior Federica Greco, freshman Kasja Dymek, and Grusova, finished in third-place, just one second ahead of their fellow Scarlet Knights.
  • Junior Clare Lawlor finished just .09 seconds behind the first-place finisher in the 100-yard freestyle event.


  • After setting a new Rutgers Aquatic Center pool record on day three, Grusova set her new career best time in the 200-yard backstroke finishing in 1:57.90.
  • Sophomore Lauren Boone was the top scoring Scarlet Knight in the platform diving competition, finishing with a 206.99 in third-place.
  • Joining Koprivova and Grusova in the 200-yard backstroke was freshman Simone Lusby who placed seventh in the final heat.

The Scarlet Knights will be back on the pool deck when selected Scarlet Knights travel to Greensboro, NC for the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals – East, Dec. 5 through Dec. 8.

Courtesy: Columbia Athletics

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Columbia women’s swimming and diving program wrapped up a successful week at the Rutgers Invite on Saturday evening, tacking on two individual victories in the final day of action. The Lions finished second overall in the team scoring with 2,097 points behind host-team Rutgers (2,379.5) and ahead of defending NCAA Division I National Champions, Queens University of Charlotte (1,837.5).

“It was a great racing opportunity this week at Rutgers,” remarked Columbia head coach Diana Caskey. “It was a good reminder for some and an eye-opener for the freshmen about the physical and emotional demands of a four-day meet. Great preparation for the Ivy League Championships.”

Making their platform diving debut for the Lions, first-years Briget Rosendahl and Michelle Lee stole the top two spots in the event to kick off Saturday’s finals performances on a high note. Rosendahl took the win with a score of 243.00, while Lee had a silver-worthy outing in 235.65. Both posted NCAA Zone qualifying scores in the event.

“Great performances by both of our freshmen as they made their NCAA Zone qualifying scores,” diving coach Scott Donie said after the meet. “As seasoned platform divers, they really have an edge on the competition.”

Senior Mary Ashby raced away with Columbia’s second win of the day, clocking a 50.32 in the 100 free for the triumph. She dropped more than two seconds from her season-best time in the event. First-year Clare Larsen was the Lions’ second-best finisher in the 100 free, placing fourth with a season-best 51.18.

Leading the way in the 200 breaststroke, junior Helen Wojdylo went 2:16.49 to finish second ahead of a Columbia group which took four of the top six spots in the race. First-year Lindsay Rispoli finished fourth (2:21.28), senior Jessica Antiles was fifth (2:22.97) and first-year Madison Leblanc took sixth (2:26.72).

First-year Cleo Lim earned Columbia’s top performer in the 200 fly, coming into the wall sixth overall with a season-best time of 2:04.96.

In the 200 backstroke, first-year Mary Pruden finished fifth in 2:00.99 just ahead of junior Julia Samson who placed sixth in 2:01.89.

The final event of the meet saw the Lions’ ‘A’ squad of sophomore Jessica He, Ashby, Larsen and Pruden claim second in the 400 free relay in 3:22.06. Ashby had the fastest split of the group at 50.00.

Rosendahl (90), Wojdylo (84), Ashby (81) and Pruden (80) were Columbia’s top point-scorers in the outing.

Returning to dual competition next Friday, Dec. 7, the Lions will welcome in Princeton for their first home Ivy League meet of the 2018-19 season. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. ET inside the Percy Uris Natatorium.

Courtesy: Queens Athletics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The third-ranked Queens University of Charlotte finished competition in the Rutgers Invitational on Saturday evening, taking home one individual win and one relay win on the final day of swimming from the Sonny Werblin Aquatics Center.

Sophomore Sarah Jane Atkinson tallied the team’s lone individual victory, taking first place in the 200-Yard Breaststroke. The Charlotte, N.C. native record an NCAA Division II ‘B’ Standard time of 2:14.38 in the preliminary race, while senior Shelly Prayson (2:19.67) also had a ‘B’ time in the prelims. Fellow senior Hayley Blaauw‘s time of 2:20.42 in the final gave the Royals three ‘B’ cuts in the event.

Queens also recorded a win in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay as the team of Anna DeBoers, Josefina Lorda-Taylor, Kyrie Dobson, and Prayson reached the wall in 3:21.99.

The Royals registered eleven more individual NCAA ‘B’ cuts on Day Four, beginning with two in the 1650-Yard Freestyle from junior Sarah Reamy (16:58.74) and Ella Van Troba (17.19.70). Freshman Bobbie Gichard (1:59.29) and sophomores Vladyslava Maznytska (2:00.29) and Rachel Massaro (2:01.94) followed with qualifying times in the 200-Yard Backstroke.

DeBoers (50.97), Dobson (51.24) and sophomore Lexi Baker (51.24 prelims) had ‘B’ Standard times in the 100-Yard Freestyle, while Lorda-Taylor (2:01.28), junior Georgia DaCruz (2:03.56) and redshirt-freshman Kayla Tennant (2:04.73) finished the individual portion of the meet with ‘B’ cuts in the 200-Yard Butterfly.

Queens’ next meet will take place on Friday, January 11 when the team hosts Catawba College in the Levine Center at 5 p.m.

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