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Olympic Sports and WBB wrap up a good week

Women's Basketball got off to a great start, a very good opening season in the B1G came to an end for Women's Soccer, and Swimming & Diving had a fine start to its season. Read on!

Women's Soccer  13-6-1, Big Ten 8-4-1

In the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Knights dropped a 3-0 decision to the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers.

The women's soccer team was named a College Women's Team Academic Award winner by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  The Scarlet Knights (13-6-1, 8-4-0 Big Ten), who wrapped up their first season in the Big Ten Conference with a fifth NCAA Tournament bid in seven seasons, received the honor for the fourth consecutive season. To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Women's Basketball  3-0

The women opened the season with three wins, two at home and one on the road.


Saint Joseph's

W, 76-52



W, 74-60


at LSU

W, 64-57

Senior forward Betnijah Laney was named to the Big Ten Women's Basketball Honor Roll, it was announced by the conference office. Additionally, RU moved up one position in the Associated Press Poll to No. 21.

Laney averaged 12.0 points and 14.5 rebounds in Rutgers' 2-0 week with wins over Northeastern and LSU. She has registered a double-double in all three Scarlet Knight games to date and has 18 double-doubles in her career.

Coming up:


at Wagner

Staten Island, N.Y.

7:00 p.m. ET


vs. Colgate


2:00 p.m. ET


vs. Davidson


1:00 p.m. ET

Swimming & Diving

Host school Rutgers came in third in the Frank Elm Invitational, a three day event held at the Rutgers Aquatic Center.  In the first-place spot, Northeastern recorded a meet-high team score of 1533, followed by Navy in second with a final result of 1284. The Scarlet Knights wrapped up the leaderboard with a score of 1085.

On the diving end of the pool, freshman Addison Walkowiak (photo below) secured three first-place finishes across the three-day competition, highlighted by a program-best 304.70 mark in the 1-meter dive. Former NCAA qualifier Nicole Scott previously held the record at 302.70. The rookie also snatched the top spots in the 3-meter dive (309.45) and up on the platform (259.75).

Sophomore diver Alyssa Black added to the Scarlet Knights' stellar performance on the boards, notching second-place finishes in the 3-meter dive (261.05) and platform dive (182.70). Additionally, Black finished third in the 1-meter dive with a mark of 271.90.

In the final day of competition, freshman Emily Erwin kicked off the night for RU with a second-place finish in the 1650 freestyle. Junior Joanna Wu third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.82, adding to her second-place finish in the 200 freestyle the day prior.

Senior Greta Leberfinger added two fourth-place finishes on the weekend, including the 100 breaststroke (1:03.73) and the 200 breaststroke (2:17.16).

Following a record-breaking performance on the boards, Addison Walkowiak was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. The accolade marks the second conference honor for the Scarlet Knight, after she first received the recognition on Nov. 11.

“It is very exciting for Addy to be recognized for her efforts this past weekend,” said diving coach Fred Woodruff.  “It is a nice surprise and is a testament to her hard work.”

Walkowiak is off to a stellar start in her first season as a Scarlet Knight as she broke the school record in the 1-meter dive with a score of 304.70. The rookie reset former NCAA qualifier Nicole Scott’s record of 302.70. The New York native also led the squad with three first-place finishes on the weekend, including the 3-meter dive (309.45) and the platform dive (259.75). Walkowiak earned NCAA qualifying marks in all three events.


The latest individual rankings show five Knights ranked by three different groups, WIN Wrestling Magazine/Intermat/Open Mat.  Anthony Ashnault #19/16/15 (141), Ken Theobold #17/18/NR (149), Anthony Perrotti #5/5/4 (157), Billy Smith #10/8/7 (285) and Scott DelVecchio NR/NR/20 (133).

The wrestling team put together another dominant open tournament sending five champions and nine additional placewinners to the podium at the TCNJ Open.

Redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Sean McCabe, junior 149-pounder Ken Theobold, redshirt junior 165-pounder Ethan Orr, redshirt sophomore 174-pounder Phil Bakuckas and junior 184-pounder Hayden Hrymack all won in their respective weight classes, bumping RU's open champion total to eight on the year.

Finishing as runner-up at the event was redshirt freshman 125-pounder Josh Patrick, redshirt sophomore 133-pounder Jalen Ramos, sophomore 141-pounder Tyson Dippery, redshirt sophomore 149-pounder Tyler Hunt , redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Anthony Pafumi and freshman 285-pounder Wesley Bernard.

Redshirt freshman 157-pounder Dylan Painton, sophomore 184-pounder Anthony Messner and freshman 197-pounder Ralph Normandia all finished third.

Volleyball  Season Record: 7-24, Big Ten 0-18

Volleyball has two matches remaining on the season after dropping two over the last week.


at Purdue *

L, 3-0


at Michigan State *

L, 3-0

Coming up:


Wisconsin *

College Ave. Gym

7:00 p.m. ET


Ohio State *

College Ave. Gym

7:00 p.m. ET