PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s swim and dive team is back in the pool to welcome Villanova at the Rutgers Aquatics Center on Saturday, January 21 at 1 p.m.

Saturday’s game is the first of two home meetings for RU in January as they head to the Big Ten Championships in mid-February at the University of Michigan.

  • Rutgers women’s swimming and diving earned 10 wins, captured 15 top-10 times/scores and set two school records in a second-place finish at the Hawkeye Invitational against Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. The Scarlet Knights racked up seven NCAA B cutoff times, while the Diving Corps earned 10 NCAA Zone marks.
  • The 200 medley relay team Alice Scarabelli, Rachel Kimmel, Sofia (Lobova) Maksimova Y Sofia Chichaikina he reset the Rutgers record in the event for the second time this season posting a time of 1:38.95 taking .37 seconds off his previous record.
  • Kimmel set another Rutgers record with a 1:00.65 swim in the 200 IM.
  • Other invite wins included Giulia Vittorioso the 1M (312.55), Sofia Chichiakina in the 200 free (1:47.37), madison murtagh in the 500 free (4:44.72), Alice Scarabelli in the 100 backstroke (53.31), and the 400 medley relay (3:37.87).
  • The Scarlet Knights were outclassed in their final dual meeting of the 2021-22 season with the Wildcats winning 133-108.
  • Alice Scarabelli Y Sofia Chichaikina both helped the 400 medley relay team to a fastest time (3:49.58) with a margin of seven seconds, while Scarabelli posted a win in the 200 free (1:51.03) and Chichaikina was victorious in the 200 fly ( 2:01.04). ).
  • by Alice Scarabelli A first-place time of 53.04 in the 100 meters back in a first-place finish at the Hawkeye Invitational in early December is currently fifth in the Big Ten.
  • The 200 medley relay team Alice Scarabelli, Rachel Kimmel, Sofia (Lobova) Maksimova Y Sofia Chichaikina currently has the eighth fastest time in the league with a school record 1:38.95 at the Hawkeye Invitational, while the 400 medley relay team of the same Scarlet Knights also has the eighth fastest time in the conference with a time in a 3:37.87 from the Hawkeye Invitational.
  • by giulia victorioso Runner-up score of 272.85 on the Hawkeye Invitational deck puts her fifth among her Big Ten peers.
  • graduate student Rachel Kimmel was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on November 16 becoming the second Scarlet Knight to win a weekly Big Ten award in 2022–23 and the fifth to be named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week since joining the league in 2014 -fifteen. The Fort Loundon, Pennsylvania, native helped set a new school record, earning two NCAA B cuts and moving up the all-time best-time list at Rutgers’ annual meet with in-state rival Princeton last week. Kimmel breaststroked for the 200 medley relay team that set a new Rutgers record with a time of 1:39.32, surpassing the previous record of 1:39.38 set by the Big Ten Championship podium finisher team last season. 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 and clocked a 2:13.62 in the 200 breaststroke to move up five spots to third on the all-time list. after shaving 2.21 seconds off his best time from the previous season. Kimmel also placed third in the 200 IM against the Tigers with a time of 2:04.48.
  • First year student Martina Pieko she was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for November 2. She becomes the fourth Scarlet Knight to win the weekly rookie award since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014-15. Freshman Scarlet Knight won the 200 again with one of the fastest times at Rutgers, she was part of the winning 200 medley relay team and was runner-up in four other events while helping the Scarlet Knights to their first victory her. about Purdue. Piesko won the 200 in 1:59.48 setting the eighth fastest time in the Rutgers record book with a 3.31 second margin of victory. The Lublin, Poland native also swam as anchor in the team 200m medley relay which he won with a time of 1:43.02. ), 400 free relay (3:26.94) and 400 medley relay (3:50.81). The 400 freestyle relay was trailed by 0.17 seconds off first place.
  • Rutgers returns 16 letter winners from last season, including Big Ten Podium finalists tina celik (200 and 400 medley relay), Sofia Chichaikina (200 freestyle, 400 and 800 freestyle relay, 400 mixed relay), Julia Ghidini (200 and 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay), Sofia Lobova (200 and 400 freestyle relay, 200 and 400 medley relay), Alice Scarabelli (200 freestyle, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay, 200 and 400 mixed relay), and Savannah Trueb (3 meters).
  • The Scarlet Knights fostered a deeper team for the 2021-22 season after a covid-shortened 2020-21 campaign and continued to make big strides on the water. Rutgers captured its highest finish in the Big Ten Championship since joining the Big Ten eight years ago and finished 26th in the NCAA Championship, the highest finish for the Scarlet Knights since 2006.
  • In all, the Scarlet Knights achieved 10 podium finishes at the championships. Set seven new Rutgers school records and recorded 28 all-time top 10 scores/times. Nine NCAA “B” cuts were collected, while six divers were sent to the NCAA Zones.
  • On the boards, Rutgers sent two divers to the NCAA Championships producing an All-American with a platform finalist and a 3-meter consolation round performer. In NCAA zones, Savannah Trueb he was runner-up in platform and finished third in 1 meter and fourth in 3 meters.
  • At the 2022 Big Ten Championships, the 800-meter freestyle relay reset the oldest record in the Rutgers history books by breaking a 16-year-old record in 3.70 seconds.
  • The diving corps also caused a sensation with nine top-10 scores, including twice resetting an eight-year-old rig record.
  • tina celik swam to first place in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 200 IM at the Borac Telegroup Grand Challenge in July, while at the Slovenian Open Championships in August, he posted the best times in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, was runner-up in the 100 fly and placed third in the 50 fly.
  • Savanna Trueb is a member of the US Senior Performance Diving Level 3 team. The senior was scheduled to be on the US roster for the 2022 World University Games this summer before the competition was postponed through 2023. Last December, Trueb placed seventh on the platform at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and at the US Open Diving Championships in August he placed seventh. on platform and 16 on 3 meters.
  • Rachel Kimmel he won the 100 breaststroke at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) Summer Classic to qualify for nationals. Her performance of 1:10.36 broke the 17-year-old group record held by Rebecca Soni, a six-time Olympian and former world record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke. Soni also has ties to Rutgers as the native Freehold, New Jersey swim club at the Sonny Werblin Aquatic Center with Scarlet Aquatics. Kimmel finished 18th at the Phillips 66 National Championship in July
  • prasanto holly she advanced to the women’s 1M springboard final at the 2022 British Diving Championships in late May. She was among the top 10 divers and top eight British qualifiers to reach the final. During the final, Prasanto placed fourth among her compatriots with a score of 238.05.
  • The 2022 Italian Spring Championships in April saw Alice Scarabelli she hit the wall as runner-up in the A final of the 200 free and trailed 2012 Olympic qualifier Alice Mizzau by 0.34 seconds.
  • Rutgers women’s swimming and diving have won 17 consecutive All-American Scholar team awards from the Association of Collegiate Swimming Coaches of America.
  • The Scarlet Knights earned a 3.54 GPA during the 2021-22 academic year, third-best among Big Ten programs. Rutgers swimmers and divers earned eight 4.0 GPAs during the spring semester and 17 Scarlet Knights posted a GPA greater than 3.5 with 13 receiving Dean’s List recognition.
  • Six Scarlet Knights also received CSCAA Scholar All-American honors, including returning members. tina celik, Sofia Chichaikina, Jenna Douglas Y Alice Scarabelli. Each achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while earning NCAA B cuts or advancing to NCAA Zone diving competition.
  • Rutgers Women’s Swimming and Diving will host Villanova on January 21 and Nebraska on January 27 and 28.
  • Admission is free.

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