Rutgers Hits The Road For The Bruno Invitational

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December 01st, 2016 Big Ten, College

Rutgers swimming and diving heads to the Bruno Invitational, hosted by Brown, from Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The three-day event also features Dartmouth, Princeton and Rider.


Vera Koprivova was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, announced Nov. 23 by the conference. The sophomore had five NCAA B cuts, three first-place finishes and helped the Scarlet Knights secure a pool record in the 400 medley relay Nov. 18-20 during the Frank Elm Invitational. She was the first RU swimmer to win the weekly honor since Joanna Wu captured the title last October.

Koprivova registered three first-place finishes during the three-day Frank Elm Invite, hitting the wall first in the 100 backstroke (53.99), 200 backstroke (1:55.91) and 400 IM (4:18.85). All three results were NCAA B cuts. Koprivova also added NCAA B cuts during preliminary action in the 100 (54.82) and 200 (1:56.95) backstroke.


Rutgers’ divers competed at the H2Okie Fall Invitational Nov. 17-19 in Christiansburg, Virginia, while the swimmers hosted the Frank Elm Invitational Nov. 18-20 at the RU Aquatics center.

In diving action, junior Addison Walkowiak collected four Zone qualifying scores, including her first-place mark of 303.20 to claim the 1-meter title. The Ballston Spa, New York, native also finished third in the platform dive with a Zone qualifying mark of 241.35 and placed fifth in the 3-meter dive with a score of 279.60 during the highly-competitive event.

Along with Koprivova’s impressive swims, senior Rachel Stoddard and sophomore Francesca Stoppa each produced three NCAA B cuts during the Frank Elm Invite. Stoppa finished first in both the 100 butterfly (54.04) and 200 butterfly (1:58.93), while Stoddard added a first-place time of 1:01.87 in the 100 breaststroke.

Koprivova, Stoddard, Stoppa and rookie Alexandra Fabugais-Inaba combined for an RU Aquatic Center pool record in the 400 medley relay, as the team finished first in the event with a time of 3:40.77. The time shattered the pool record of 3:42.52 set back in 2006.


The Bears (3-1) defeated Bryant, 248-52, and MIT, 243-53, in their last time out on Nov 12.

In the pool, Marley Cross had three first-place individual finishes in the 50 freestyle (23.64), the 100 freestyle (50.94) and the 200 freestyle (1:50.97) against Bryant and MIT. Cross also contributed to Brown’s 400 freestyle relay victory with a time of 3:25.77.

Off the boards, Julia Benz captured the 1-meter diving title with a score of 274.70, while Emily Zitkovsky won the 3-meter dive with a mark of 233.40 during the tri-meet.

Brown is led by third-year head coach Kate Kovenock.


The Big Green (0-2) fell to both Cornell, 188-111, and Harvard, 203-89, on Nov. 12 in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Allison Green was the top performer in diving action for Dartmouth against Cornell and Harvard, as she finished second in the 1-meter dive (274.35) and third in the 3-meter dive (259.30). During the tri-meet, Dartmouth’s Sam Norton placed first in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.65) and third in the 200 IM (2:08.59).

The Big Green are led by first-year head coach James Holder.


The Tigers (2-1) swept Cornell and Penn on Nov. 19 in Ithaca, New York.

Princeton went one-two-three in 1-meter diving, as Yasmeen Almog won the event with a score of 261.65. Princeton’s Mimi Lin finished second in the 3-meter dive with a mark of 247.20. Off the blocks, Gianna Garcia finished first in the 100 backstroke (55.86) and the 100 butterfly (55.88) while also helping the Tigers secure a win in the 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.

Princeton is led by 33-year head coach Susan Teeter.


The Broncs (1-5) lost to La Salle, 174-124, and Delaware, 204-87, on Nov. 12 in Newark, Delaware.

Rookie diver Meg Tomayko placed first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 227.35, and Breanne Hatter finished second in the 3-meter dive at 222.20. Natalie Carter hit the wall second in the 200 freestyle (1:58.91) and the 200 backstroke (2:07.78) to highlight action for Rider against La Salle and Delaware.

The Broncs are led by 16-year head coach Steve Fletcher.

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