Wildcat Women Top Orange
Feb. 5, 2006
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The women had nine first place finishes and the men three as Villanova swimming and diving split with the Syracuse Orange Saturday afternoon in New York. The women beat Syracuse 133-100 to stand at 4-3 on the season while the men lost 142-80. The meet also marked the final conference opponent as the team now prepares for Big East invitationals in the coming weeks.
Junior captain David Drysdale had a good day with a first place finish in the 100 breast (1:00.19), while also competing in the second-place 200 medley relay with fellow captain James Harrell, Mike Kernicky and Zach Rambo clocking in at 1:39.80. Harrell and Kernicky and Rambo also put on a good showing in the first place 200 free relay with Matt McLaughlin (1:27.42).
Individually, Kernicky took third in the 50 free (22.27), McLaughlin added a second in the 100 free (48.15), and Harrell placed third in the 100 back (56.91). Other top performances included Kiel Costella coming in first in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.38 and Mike Hanne placing second in the one meter diving scoring 203.25.
The women started strong, sweeping the first four events of the day. The 200 medley relay with Annie Kelley, Brie von Rosendahl, Kiersten Rosenberg and Jesse Radtke had the first top finish with a time of 1:49.36. Jenny Somerville followed, taking home the 1000 free (10:20.21) and Kristina Lennox added another in the 200 free (1:53.91). Freshman Marlee Morden had the fourth top performance in the 50 free coming in at 24.66.
The solid team effort didn't stop there, however, as Lennox claimed the top spot in the 100 fly with a 55.99. The team had two one-two finishes with Morden winning the 100 free (52.69) and Radtke placing second (53.39), as well as Somerville swimming to a first in the 500 free with a 5:05.24 and Kaitlynn Osborn coming in right behind at 5:06.50.
Villanova women's diving had a big day with Lindsay Davis placing first in both the one meter (237.82) and three meter (233.55), while Danielle Trinkner took second in both scoring 216.29 and 217.58 respectively.
The team will travel to New Brunswick, N.J. next Saturday for the Big East Last Chance Invite.