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Wildcat Women Set Program Record on First Day of Conference Championship
Sarah Jurek anchored both first-place women's teams.

Feb. 19, 2014

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SEWELL, N.J. - The Villanova women's swimming & diving team opened the BIG EAST Swimming Championships strong sweeping the top spot in both events and setting a new program record in the 200 medley relay Wednesday evening.

Colleen Lord, Kristin Haufler, Fiona Hardie and Sarah Jurek took the title in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:42.76. The quad broke the previous school record, a time of 1:42.85, which was set in 2012 by Yolana Du Plessis, Erin Malone, Hayley Edwards and Sarah Aemisegger.

"The big swim of the night for us was the women's 200 medley relay," said head coach Rick Simpson. "We had two freshmen on the relay. As of this morning, we did not know who was leading off. But Freshman Colleen Lord won an intra-team swim off this morning and won the lead-off spot. She had a great swim. Kristen Haufler did a phenomenal job for us in the breaststroke leg. Then the experience took over with Fiona Hardie swimming the fly leg and Sara Jurek anchoring her 2nd Big East Championship team in one hour."

The women's team started the event off with a first-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay. Katrin Heider, Jessica Randolph, Kaisla Kollanus and Jurek took the event with a time of 7:16.29.

The men also had a strong outing and followed the women Wildcats lead, taking second in the 800 freestyle relay behind Ben Smith, Greg Cino, Pat Sullivan and Jason Moyer's time of 6:44.03. Xavier finished first in the event with a time of 6:44.03.

Chris Tamanini, Tony Sipala, Smith and Kyle Grant placed fourth in the men's 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.34.

The Villanova women are currently in third place with 109 points. The men are in fourth place with 64 points. Points earned from last weekend's diving championship were added to the totals for each team.