Ben Smith earns first in 100 butterfly
Villanova falls to La Salle in season opener
Wildcats finish the day ranked seventh.
Villanova opens BIG EAST Championships with two relays.
Villanova falls to Pitt 279-74.
2012-13: Competed in five events at the BIG EAST Championship, including 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay ... Placed 18th at BIG EAST in 100 breast ... Earned second place in the 200 medley relay against Pitt ... Swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay against Providence ... Placed first in the 200 IM and third in the 100 backstroke against Penn State ... Finished first in the 200 IM against West Virginia.
2011-12: Qualified and swam top times in three BIG EAST Championship races ... Placed 26th in the 100 breaststroke (59.83) ... Finished 28th in the 200 breaststroke (2:10.66) ... Earned a 38th place finish in the 100 freestyle.
Glastonbury High School: Earned four varsity letters in swimming ... All-conference and All-State selection ... MVP, All-State ... Academically achieved High Honors status and was a member of high school's Honor Roll.
Personal: Born 1/17/93 in Manchester, Conn. ... One of five children of Anthony Sipala and Christine Hayes ... Siblings are Carter, Nicole, Alex and Will ... Majoring in comprehensive sciences.