PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s swim and dive team completes the doubles meet portion of this year’s schedule, scheduled for Friday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. Nebraska in Big Ten- events at Rutgers Aquatics Center.
Admission is free both days. Fans coming to Rutgers Aquatics Center can register for parking here.
Rutgers senior swimmers and divers will be honored ahead of Saturday’s competition, which begins at 9 a.m. Also, RU will celebrate its graduates and 50 years of Title IX during Saturday’s gathering.
The meeting along with Seniors’ Day will be streamed on B1G+.
Diving – 1 meter
200 Medley Relay
200 free relay
Diving – 3 meters
Jump – platform (no rating)
400 Medley Relay
400 free relay
- Rutgers Women’s Swimming & Diving returned to the second half of the season last Saturday with a 181-110 win over Villanova.
- The Scarlet Knights have racked up a trio of event wins in their sophomore year Sofia (Lobova) MaksimovaSenior Sofia Chichaikina and graduate student Rachel Kimmel. All three together with Newcomer Valeria Egorova won the 200 medley relay (1:43.42) and opened the afternoon with Maksimova wins in the 50m free (23.09) and 100m flying (55.82), Chichaikina won the 100m free (52.03 ) and fly 200 m (2:01.95). and Kimmel won the 100 breast (1:03.61) and the 200 breast (2:17.87).
- Other multiple wins were graduate students Alice Scarabelli in the 200 free (1:49.28) and 200 back (2:00.19) and Madison Murtagh in the 500 Free (5:00.58) and 1000 Free (10:19.87).
- Egorova not only launched her Rutgers career by swimming the first leg of the victorious 200-medley relay team, but also grabbed a win in the 100-back (54.67) with the ninth-fastest time in the RU record book on her debut.
- Rutgers issued the 200 IM and the 400 Free Squadron. Kimmel set the best time in the 200m (2:06.70), while Egorova, Maksimova, Scarabelli and Chichaikina were the fastest group in the 400m free relay (3:29.38).
- On the boards, senior Savana Cloudy won 1 meter (279.98) as a sophomore. Giulia Vittorioso Won at 3-yards (285.08) as the Scarlet Knights we
- In all, the Scarlet Knights won six events, highlighted by four wins Sofia Chichaikina in a 210-143 setback at Lincoln last January.
- Chichiakina registered the fourth-best time in the Rutgers record book with an NCAA B-cut in the 200 fly (1:59.03). The junior also added wins in 50 free (23.19) and 200 individual medley (1:42.00) and 400 free relays (3:21.03).
- Alice Scarabelli posted a season best of 2:03.04 in the 200 IM and finished second in the 100 back (55.87).
- Other notable performances included a win by Sofia (Lobova) Maksimova in the 100 m fly (54.23) and a second place in the 100 m free (50.70), Tina Celik third in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.90) and Savana Cloudy Diving to third place at 1 meter (280.13) and 3 meters (304.94).
- Alice Scarabellis First-place time of 53.04 in the 100 back in a first-place finish at the Hawkeye Invitational in early December is currently fifth in the Big Ten.
- The 200 layer relay of Alice Scarabelli, Rachel Kimmel, Sofia (Lobova) Maksimova and Sofia Chichaikina currently the eighth fastest time in the league with a school record of 1:38.95 at the Hawkeye Invitational, while the same Scarlet Knights 400-medley relay also holds the eighth fastest time in the conference with a time of 3:37.87 from the Hawkeye Invitational.
- Giulia Vittoriosos The runner-up of 272.85 on platform at the Hawkeye Invitational ranks fifth among her Big Ten peers.
- Three Scarlet Knights are less than a second behind the top eight of their respective events. Madison Murtagh is 0.60 seconds off the top eight in the 1650 after posting a time of 16:20.90 to win the event at the Hawkeye Invitational and Rachel Kimmel is 0.45 seconds behind the top eight of the 100 chest with a school record of 1:00.65 at the Hawkeye Invitational. Additionally, Sofia Chichakinas 1:58.22 in a second performance in the 200 fly at the Hawkeye Invitational is just 0.07 seconds away from cracking the top eight.
- graduate student Rachel Kimmel was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on November 16, becoming the second Scarlet Knight to earn a Big Ten weekly award in 2022-23 and the fifth to win a Big Ten since joining the league in 2014-15 Named Swimmer of the Week. The Fort Loundon, Pennsylvania native helped set a new school record, amassed two NCAA B cuts and moved up the list of all-time bests at Rutgers’ annual meeting with rival Princeton last week. Kimmel swam breaststroke for the 200-medley relay team, which set a new Rutgers record with a time of 1:39.32, beating the previous record of 1:39.38 set by the Big Ten championship podium team in the final season had been set up. Individually, Kimmel posted a time of 1:01.60 in the 100 breaststroke to move up one spot on the all-time list to fifth place, and clocked in a 2:13.62 in the 200 breaststroke to move five spots up to third place on the list to move up the all-time list after beating her best time of the previous season by 2.21 seconds. Kimmel also placed third in the 200 IM against the Tigers with a time of 2:04.48.
- student in the first year Martyna Piesko was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on November 2. She is the fourth Scarlet Knight to receive the Rookie Weekly Award since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014-15. The freshman Scarlet Knight won the 200 with one of the best times at Rutgers, was part of the winning 200 medley relay squad and finished second in four other events as she helped the Scarlet Knights to their first ever win over Purdue. Piesko won the 200 in 1:59.48, marking the eighth fastest time in the Rutgers record book by a margin of 3.31 seconds. The Lublin-born Pole also anchored in the 200m relay, which won with a time of 1:43.02, 400 free relay (3:26.94) and 400 medley relay (3:50.81). The 400 free relay was knocked out of first place by 0.17 seconds.
- Rutgers is bringing back 16 letter winners from last season, including Big Ten podium finishers Tina Celik (200 & 400 layer relay), Sofia Chichaikina (200 free, 400 & 800 free relay, 400 layers relay), Giulia Ghidini (200 & 800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay), Sofia Lobova (200 & 400 Free Relay, 200 & 400 Medley Relay), Alice Scarabelli (200 free, 200, 400 & 800 free relay, 200 & 400 layer relay) and Savana Cloudy (3 meter).
- The Scarlet Knights promoted a deeper roster for the 2021-22 season following a Covid shortening of the 2020-21 season and continued to make great strides in the water. Rutgers had its highest Big Ten championship finish since joining the Big Ten eight years ago and finished 26th in the NCAA championships, the highest finish for the Scarlet Knights since 2006.
- Overall, the Scarlet Knights achieved 10 podium finishes at the championships. Seven new Rutgers school records were set and 28 times/scores were recorded in the top 10 all time. Nine NCAA B-cuts were earned while six divers were sent to NCAA zones.
- On the boards, Rutgers sent two jumpers to the NCAA championships and produced an All-American with a finalist on platform and a consolation round performer at 3-yards. In NCAA zones, Savana Cloudy finished second on the platform and finished third at 1 meter and fourth at 3 meters.
- At the 2022 Big Ten Championships, the 800 freestyle relay reset the oldest record in Rutgers history books, breaking a 16-year record by 3.70 seconds.
- The diving corps also caused a stir with nine top 10 finishes, including twice resetting an eight-year-old platform record.
- Tina Celik swam to first place in 50 and 100 breaststroke and 200 IM at the Borac Telegroup Grand Challenge in July, while at the Slovenian Open Championship in August he had best times in 50 and 100 breaststroke, was second in 100 fly and third in 50 Fly.
- Savanna Trueb is a member of the USA Diving High Performance – Tier 3 Senior Squad. The senior was expected to be in the US squad for the 2022 World University Games this summer before the competition was pushed back to 2023. Last December, Trueb placed seventh at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and placed seventh on platform and 16th on 3 meters at the USA Diving Open Championship in August.
- Rachel Kimmel won the 100 breaststroke at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) Mid-Summer Classic to qualify for the National Championship. Her performance of 1:10.36 broke the 17-year-old pool record held by six-time Olympian and former world 100m breaststroke record holder Rebecca Soni. Soni also has ties to Rutgers as the Freehold, NJ based swim club at Sonny Werblin Aquatic Center with Scarlet Aquatics. Kimmel finished 18th at the Phillips 66 National Championships in July
- Holly Prasanto In late May, she reached the women’s 1m springboard final at the 2022 British Diving Championships. She was among the top 10 jumpers and the top 8 British qualifiers to reach the final. During the finals, Prasanto placed fourth among her compatriots with a score of 238.05.
- Watched the Italian Spring Championships 2022 in April Alice Scarabelli hit the wall second in the A-final of the 200 Free, 0.34 seconds behind champion Alice Mizzau, 2012 Olympic qualifier.
- Rutgers women’s swimming and diving has received the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team Award 17 years in a row.
- The Scarlet Knights had a 3.54 GPA in the 2021-22 academic year, the third best among the Big Ten programs. Rutgers swimmers and divers earned eight 4.0 GPAs during the spring semester and 17 Scarlet Knights recorded GPAs above 3.5, with 13 earning Dean’s List recognition.
- Six Scarlet Knights have also been awarded CSCAA Scholar All-American honors, including returning members Tina Celik, Sofia Chichaikina, Jenna Douglas and Alice Scarabelli. Each achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher while earning NCAA B cuts or advancing to NCAA zone diving competition.
- Rutgers Women’s Swimming & Diving travels to the University of Michigan for the 2023 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, taking place February 15-18.
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