Press Release courtesy of Rutgers Athletics
Rutgers swimming and diving hosts its first home event of the 2017-18 season in a penta-meet against Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Villanova on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4 at the Rutgers Aquatic Center in Werblin Recreation Center.
“We want to see if we’re doing certain things better after working on them this week,” said head coach Petra Martin. “We want to be competitive and make sure everyone is pushing in each event they are in. We want to see better relay starts and to get the distance group moving. It will be great to be home for the first time and swim in that environment.”
Friday’s session begins at 4 p.m., followed by Saturday’s session beginning at 10 a.m. Each team will score against each other in four dual meet formats over the two sessions. With a home Rutgers football and wrestling doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium, special parking procedures are in place. Please click here for more information.
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- Junior Francesca Stoppa broke the ARC Pool record at Illinois on Friday by winning the 200-yard butterfly in 2:01.55, helping the Scarlet Knights post a 158-140 victory over the Illini in a tri-meet with Northwestern. She won both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events on Saturday at Northwestern’s quad-meet with Illinois-Chicago and Chicago, as Rutgers defeated both teams in duals competing in its second meet in 24 hours.
- Junior Vera Koprivova won a pair of events on Saturday at Northwestern, taking the 100- and 200-yard backstroke. She has won the 200 backstroke all three times she has entered it this season, while taking second three times in the 100.
- Sophomore Federica Greco has two event wins this season, one each in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly. She has set personal records this season in the 100 freestyle (relay), 200 freestyle and 400 individual medley.
- Senior Addison Walkowiak won the very first event she entered this season, taking the 1-meter diving competition over the field that included reigning national platform champion Olivia Rosendahl from Northwestern at Friday’s Illinois tri-meet. With high scores of 288.05 in 1-meter and 311.60 in 3-meter, she has already qualified for the NCAA Zone 1 Diving Championships hosted by Rutgers in both events.
- Sophomore Clare Lawlor broke through for her first event win of the season on Saturday at Northwestern in the 100 freestyle. In her last five events, she has not finished lower than second place.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
- Georgetown has dual wins over Delaware and Davidson this season, and a tight 153-147 loss to Towson. The Hoyas are led by Phoebe Slaughter, who won a trio of events over Davidson last time out in the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 IM. Cristina Barrett and Olivia Schubert took first and second, respectively in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events. Lauren Henasey was GU’s other multiple winner, sweeping the 100 and 200 butterfly. The Hoyas also swept the top four spots in both diving events as Elizabeth Miller took the 1-meter dive and Naomi Peng claimed the 3-meter.
- Pittsburgh owns dual victories over LSU, Michigan State, Miami and James Madison. The Panthers swept a quad-meet with three victories on Oct. 27 behind nine event wins from seven athletes and two relay units.
- Seton Hall has the last two BIG EAST Athletes of the Week in sophomore Sara Ouellette and freshman Taylor Jackson. Ouellette’s second place finish against West Virginia and Xavier in the 200 back (2:03.32) was the second fastest time amongst BIG EAST competitors so far this season. She also added a fourth place finish in the 200 free. Jackson broke a program record in 1-meter diving with a score of 325.42, which ranks 16th in the nation this season.
- Villanova is led by Darby Goodwin, a BIG EAST Athlete of the Week on Oct. 24. She swam to two Drexel pool records in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.61, while also winning the 200 backstroke in 2:01.43. She added wins in the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay. The Wildcats are 2-0 in duals this season after one tri-meet on Oct. 21, defeating Drexel and La Salle in the Philadelphia Relays. Villanova broke a total of five Drexel pool records thanks to Caitlin Daday (1000 freestyle), Alexa Fabbri (200 freestyle) and Rayann Jaryszak (200 IM).
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet Knights won three duals over two meets in Illinois last weekend, topping Big Ten foe Illinois, as well as Illinois-Chicago and Chicago. RU posted four event wins and five new season time standards on Friday in a tri-meet with Illinois and Northwestern, before claiming seven events in a quad against NU, Illinois-Chicago and the No. 9 ranked team in Division III, Chicago.
Rutgers remains home to host the Frank Elm Invitational on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17-19 at the Rutgers Aquatic Center.
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