Wildcats finish the day ranked seventh.
Scott Thiede swims person best time in 500 yard freestyle.
Villanova opens BIG EAST Championships with two relays.
Villanova defeats both Seton Hall and Georgetown.
Villanova falls to Pitt 279-74.
2011-12: Competed in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes as well as the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay in the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed 11th in the 100 back (50.42 - a new personal best), 14th in the 200 back (1:51.17) and 19th in the 100 fly (50.85 - a new personal best) ... Swam a 1:50.65 in the 200 back preliminaries, a Villanova top time this season ... Earned top-place finishes both at the Connecticut/Georgetown and Cincinnati/West Virginia triangular meets as a member of the 400 free relay (3:12.54, 3:14.32) ... Tallied first-place finishes in the 500 free against Widener (4:57.28) and the 100 back against LaSalle (54.50).
2010-11: Was the team's top-ranked swimmer in the 100 yard backstroke and the 100 butterfly during the season ... Competed in both those events in addition to the 200 back at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed 19th at the conference meet in both the 100 back (52.03) and the 100 fly (51.49) ... Registered a personal best time of 51.52 in the 100 fly at the Terrapin Cup Invitational, where he came in 12th ... Touched the wall in a season-best 51.79 in a 10th place finish at the Terrapin meet in the 100 back ... Tallied three top-three finishes in dual and triangular meets ... Placed second in the 200 back (1:57.88) and third in the 50 free (22.04) against La Salle and Syracuse in the season opener; RELAYS: Anchored the 200 yard freestyle relay team at the BIG EAST Championships, as Villanova finished eighth in a time of 1:23.97 ... Was the anchor of the same relay in a dual meet against Seton Hall and led the Wildcats to a first place finish ... Swam legs on the 200 medley and 400 medley relays at the conference meet.
2009-10: Recorded the fastest time on the team during the season in the 100 yard backstroke, 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle ... Competed at the BIG EAST Championships in both the 100 back and 100 fly, in addition to the 100 free ... His best event at the conference meet was the 100 back, in which he advanced to the consolation round with a 13th place finish ... Picked up two individual first-place finishes for the year, including in the 100 back against Georgetown and the 50 free versus Providence ... Also took second place in the 100 fly and 50 free against Georgetown and was runner-up in the 100 back in a tri-meet against George Washington and Drexel ... Tallied two other third-place finishes on the season; RELAYS: Swam the third leg on victorious 400 freestyle relay quartets against Georgetown and in a tri-meet versus George Washington and Drexel ... Did the same on a 200 medley relay team against Providence ... Was a part of the Wildcats relay teams in the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay at the BIG EAST Championships.
Horace Greeley High School: Lettered four years in swimming and one in baseball as an outfielder and pitcher ... Was an all-league and all-section performer all four years ... Four-time All-American ... Holds school records in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Personal: Born 5/21/91 in White Plains, N.Y. ... Oldest of three children of Peter and Karen Clarke ... Siblings are Taegan (19) and Risten (17) ... Enjoys sailing, surfing and golfing ... Chose to attend Villanova because it is a Catholic institution and for the camaraderie of the swim team ... Majoring in Political Science and History.