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Knight Caps: Around the Olympic sports and a few other tidbits

Winter sports - other than basketball and wrestling - are in full swing. We have that covered as well as a few other Scarlet samplings. Hockey, anyone?

Rutgers Hockey

Swimming & Diving

The swimming and diving team participated in dual action last Saturday, falling to Kansas (176.50-123.50) and host Miami (Fla.) (180.50-118.50)  at the Whitten University Center Pool in Coral Gables.

"We had the opportunity today to get back into our racing mode," said head coach Petra Martin. "We are a bit broken down right now after all the hard work we have done the last two weeks, but that is exactly where we need to be at this point. Racing was tough for us today, but we still saw some good things, and most importantly this meet got us refocused as we are about to change pace of our everyday work."

RU saw three Scarlet Knights secure four individual titles, including junior Rachel Stoddard, who captured wins in both the 100 and 200 breast events. Stoddard hit the wall in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.85, while securing a victory in the 200 breast with a mark of 2:19.80.

Senior Joanna Wu continued her season-long dominance in the 200 back, placing first in the event with a time of 1:59.65. Wu has secured two NCAA "B" qualifying standard times in the event this season.

Sophomore Addison Walkowiak enjoyed a successful day off the boards, producing a first-place and NCAA Zone qualifying score of 310.80 in the 1-meter diving event. Walkowiak also registered a NCAA Zone qualifying mark in the 3-meter diving event with a 296.20, good for second place. Her mark was just .6 points behind first-place finisher Marcela Maric from Miami.

Big Ten Awards for Rutgers

Diver of the Week

Addison Walkowiak, Rutgers, So.

  • Won the one-meter event with a score of 310.80 and placed second on three-meter with a score of 296.20 in a meet against Miami (Florida) and Kansas
  • Scores in both events are NCAA Zone qualifying marks
  • Earns her second career Diver of the Week honor
  • Last Rutgers Diver of the Week: Addison Walkowiak (Nov. 11, 2015)

  • Upcoming meets

RU vs. Penn State
01/15/16 Penn State New Haven, Conn. 5:00 p.m. ET
01/16/16 vs. Penn State * New Haven, Conn. 11:00 a.m. ET
01/23/16 vs. New Hampshire RU Aquatic Center 11:00 a.m. ET

Men's Track & Field

The Rutgers men's track and field team picked up eight first place finishes, including a school and facility record from freshman Izaiah Brown in the 400m dash, this weekend at the Rutgers Invitational to start the 2016 indoor season. In total, the Scarlet Knights secured six individual victories and two team titles during the two-day event at the Busch Bubble.  Junior Jermaine Griffith finished first in the 600m dash with a time of 1:20.67, more than one second ahead of senior Kyle Holder, who completed the race with a time of 22.17 for second.  In long-distance action, freshman Conor Murphy secured a win in the one mile run.

Full results here.

Big Ten Awards for Rutgers

Izaiah Brown, Rutgers, Fr.

  • Recorded a trio of first-place finishes in the 400-meter run (46.61), 200-meter run (21.60) and 4x400-meter relay (3:16.09) at the Rutgers Invitational
  • Time in the 400-meter run set a new school and facility record, ranking first in the nation, while his times in the 200-meter run and 4x400-meter relay rank 15th and 14th nationally, respectively
  • Collects the first Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor for Rutgers

Women's Track & Field

The Rutgers women's track and field team started off the indoor season with freshman Rhonda Rogombe setting a new school benchmark in the high jump, while the Scarlet Knights took home five other event titles at the Rutgers Invitational at the Busch Bubble.

Rogombe cleared the bar at a height of 1.80m (5' 10 ¾") in her first competition as a Scarlet Knight to reset the nearly 15-year old Rutgers record set at the Big East Indoor Championships in 2001. Rogombe's jump currently places her in a tie for fourth nationally and second in the Big Ten.

All-American and NCAA qualifier Gabrielle Farquharson captured a pair of titles in the 60m and long jump. In the long jump, she reached a distance of 6.17m (20' 3") which places her second nationally. In the 60m, Farquharson collected a first place time of 7.60.

Bria Saunders started off her sophomore season recording the top time in the 200m by collecting the title in a time of 24.82. Saunders also placed third in the 60m crossing the finish line in 7.71.

Full results here


Junior April Baker scored a 9.900 on vault in her return home to highlight the Rutgers gymnastics appearance in the Little Boston Invitational at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights started the season with a 193.100 overall to finish third in a meet that also involved George Washington (196.175) and New Hampshire (195.100).

RU finished the night with a team-best 48.750 on vault, with a 48.675 in the prior rotation on floor exercise. Rutgers also scored a 48.100 on balance beam and a 47.575 on uneven bars.

Four Scarlet Knights topped 9.700 on floor exercise in the third rotation. In her first college routine, freshman Riahanah Ali paced the lineup with a 9.775, while senior Katie Stebick anchored with a 9.750. Emma Hoffman recorded a 9.750 as well and Libby Groden rounded out the top scores with a 9.725.

Upcoming meet:

1/16/16 vs. Illinois * RAC 1:00 p.m. ET
From the alumni circuit....

And all that other good stuff

Women's Soccer

Rutgers women's soccer officially ended the 2015 season as the NCAA Division I statistical champion for goals-against average and shutout percentage. Sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy closed the year as the national leader in GAA.

"We are very proud of what the team and Casey were able to accomplish," said head coach Mike O'Neill. "It is a great honor for the program. It reflects what you can accomplish when you work hard every day."

The Scarlet Knights (19-4-3) ended the season ranked No. 4 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Final Postseason Ranking. RU achieved program records in wins (19), shutouts (19), home wins (13), and fewest goals allowed (10).

RU's GAA (0.37), shutout total, and shutout percentage (.731) led the NCAA, while the team's save percentage of .894 was third-best in the nation.

Ice Hockey

I know, it isn't a "sponsored" sport.  Deal with it!

Last Saturday, Rutgers and Villanova squared off outdoors in the Outdoor Classic at the Navesink Country Club.  RU won the contest, 5-4.  The proceeds benefitted the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Additional photos of the event are here

And finally, uniforms - a salute to '76