PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers women’s swimming and diving team welcomes Villanova to the Rutgers Aquatics Center on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Wildcat women are 3-1 on the season in dual meet action having earned victories over Georgetown (210-90), Penn (157-102) and La Salle (187-106), while dropping its meet with Princeton (68-253).
At the Mountaineer Invitational hosted by West Virginia in late November, Villanova placed third overall taking home a total of five titles in the 100 free, 200 free 400 IM, 400 medley relay and 800 free relay.
Additionally, the Wildcats posted four runner-up performances in the in the 500 free, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.
LAST TIME OUT
The Scarlet Knights were last in the water hosting the Rutgers Invitational at the Rutgers Aquatics Center in early December against UConn, Colgate, Columbia, American, Lehigh, as well as Illinois on the boards.
During the four-day meet, Rutgers set three Rutgers Aquatic Center records, came in first in nine events, collected five runner-up performances and registered seven third place finishes.
Freshman Sofia Chichaikina took six total titles. In her first season with the Scarlet Knights, Chichaikina has helped re-establish three Rutgers Aquatics Center Pool records including the 800 free relay and 100 free during the Rutgers Invitational along with the 200 free relay against Princeton on Nov. 15.
Senior Francesca Bertotto paced the Scarlet Knights in the distance events with three event wins including the 1650 free and 500 free and swimming the third leg of RU’s pool record setting 800 free relay squad.
B1G TOP MARKS
Freshman Sofia Chichaikina is currently listed among the top 10 in the Big Ten in a pair of events. Her 100 IM time of 59.07 captured at the Rutgers Preseason Tuneup is eighth among the conference competition while her NCAA B cut time of 49.46 in the 100 free from the Rutgers Invitational is currently 10th in the conference.
Four divers are also listed among the top scores in the Big Ten.
Sophomore Marina Wilkins’ platform score of 202.05 from the Rutgers Invitational is third in the Big Ten, while her NCAA Zone qualifying mark of 302.80 on the 3-meter against Iowa State puts her third in the league.
Also on the 3-meter, freshman Sam Blanc ranks second in the conference with her NCAA Zone qualifying score of 308.85.
Sophomore Jenna Douglass is featured in fourth on the platform after her 201.60 at the Rutgers Invitational.
Fellow second-year Scarlet Knight Megan Demeo checks at eighth on the 1-meter after posting a NCAA Zone score of 272.75 at the Rutgers Preseason Tuneup.
Rutgers has been honored with a trio of weekly awards from the Big Ten this season.
Sofia Chichaikina – Freshman of the Week (Nov. 13) – Finished first, second or third in seven events against Iowa and Iowa State.
Sofia Chichaikina – Freshman of the Week (Nov. 20) – Repeated weekly award after capturing victories in the 100 free and 200 fly and helping the 400 medley and 200 free relays to wins, including setting a pool record with the 200 free relay squad.
Terka Grusova – Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 20) – Won a trio of events – the 100 and 200 back along with the opening leg of the 400 medley relay.
RUTGERS AQUATICS CENTER RECORDS
Rutgers has reset four Rutgers Aquatics Center records in 2019-20, including all three free relays events.