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Rutgers Olympic Sports, WBB: Nice start to winter

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Teams competing over the last week carry a combined 15-1 record.


Season Record 1-0

In its first road test of the season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team defeated Boston University, 191-108, at Yale University. The Scarlet Knights recorded 13 first-place finishes out of 16 events, in addition to eight second-place finishes and eight third-place results.

"I was very happy with the way we came together as a team today and how we competed as a whole," said head coach Phil Spiniello.

The divers started off the meet sweeping the leaderboard for the 1-meter dive along with the top two spots of 3-meter dive. In the 1-meter dive, freshman Addison Walkowiak led with a score of 257.50, followed by sophomore Alyssa Black in second (254.15) and freshman Morgan Engel in third (250.10). Moving into the 3-meter dive, Walkowiak earned another first-place finish (308.10) as Black secured second (254.20) in the event.

In the 100 breaststroke the Scarlet Knights swept the top three spots. Senior Greta Leberfinger hit the wall first at 1:04.02, followed by freshman Larissa Neilan and sophomore Rachel Stoddard in second and third, respectively. The Scarlet also swept the 200 individual medley as junior Morgan Pfaff led the way with a field-best time of 2:05.38. Leberfinger finished second touching the wall at 2:09.40, while Neilan came in third at 2:13.49.

In the 200 medley relay, RU claimed the top spots as the team comprised of juniors Joanna Wu and Sarah Coyne, Leberfinger and Pfaff finished first with a time of 1:45.68. The group of senior Lindsay Gibson-Brokop, freshman Karli Rymer sophomore Meghan Kiely and Neilan finished second.

Overall, a total of 10 different Scarlet Knights contributed with at least a top-three placing.

Women's Basketball

Season Record 7-1

After dropping a heart-breaking game at home in double OT to No. 6 North Carolina, the women topped No. 25 Arkansas on the road, winning 64-52.  It was the second road win against an SEC opponent, previously topping LSU.

Against the Tarheels in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Senior Betnijah Laney recorded her 1,000th career point and then some, registering a career-tying 24 points and career-high 24 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double of the season. Laney became the 34th Scarlet Knight to reach join the list of 1000-point scorers. The senior also reset the RAC rebounding record with her 24 boards.  Tyler Scaife had a season-high 25 points, the third time this season she has reached 20+ point scoring.

In the Arkansas win, Kahleah Copper led all scorers with 17 points, while Betnijah Laney captured her eighth straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Little Rock, Arkansas native, Tyler Scaife, had 13 points. Rachel Hollivay  rounded out the Scarlet Knight double figure scorers with 13.


Season Record 7-0

A 3-1 decision with more than three minutes of riding time gave No. 3-seeded 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti a third-place finish at the 2014 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.  Redshirt freshman 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault also placed for the Scarlet Knights, finishing fourth. The No. 5-seeded Ashnault dropped a tough third-place match against the third-seed Nick Dardanes (Minnesota), succumbing to a counter after a shot attempt on the edge in a 6-3 loss.  As a team, the Scarlet Knights finished in 11th place with 54 points.

Seven members of the Rutgers wrestling team placed competing unattached Sunday at the Nittany Lion Open, hosted by Penn State. Freshman 133-pounder Anthony Giraldo and sophomore 141-pounder Tyson Dippery each finished as runner-up in their weight class.  Redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Anthony Pafumi secured the next-best finish among Scarlet Knights by taking third. Also placing was redshirt freshman 125-pounder Josh Patrick in fourth, freshman 149-pounder John Van Brill in fifth, redshirt freshman 157-pounder Dylan Painton in sixth and redshirt senior 165-pounder Nick Visicaro in eighth.