Beginning tonight and carrying over into next weekend, Rutgers athletes will be competing for national titles.
Senior Gabrielle Farquharson's quest for national titles in the long jump and 200m at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place on Friday, March 13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Big Ten Champion in the 200m, Farquharson reset the Rutgers indoor record three times over the course of the 2015 indoor season. She won the conference crown in a time of 23.50.
In the long jump, Farquharson missed out on the Big Ten title by just .01m, but leapt to a personal-best distance of 6.36m (20' 10 ½") on her final attempt to land in second place. She currently ranks 11th nationally in the event.
This will be Farquharson's second NCAA appearance having run with the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2013 earning Second Team All-America and Honorable Mention All-America respectively.
Next weekend, Freshman Addison Walkowiak of the Rutgers swimming and diving team look for gold at the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship for both the 1-meter and platform diving events.
"I couldn't be more proud of Addy," said head diving coach Fred Woodruff. "She suffered an accident in her first event, however, the next day she fought through and qualified for NCAAs. She has a heart of a champion."
Last weekend, Walkowiak participated at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships hosted at Buffalo. The rookie recorded a seventh-place mark of 537.10 in the 1-meter event, along with an additional seventh-place score of 475.25 in the platform dive to punch her ticket for both events on the national stage.
Walkowiak joins fellow Scarlet Knight Greta Leberfinger, who will be representing RU in the 200 breaststroke event. It marks the second consecutive season that RU has sent both a swimmer and diver to NCAAs.
The championships will be held from March 19-21 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Wrestling will be sending five competitors to St. Louis next weekend for the NCAA Championships. Details can be found in this story.