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Swimming & Diving Completes First Day At Big East Championships

women's team currently in fourth place while the men rank fifth.

Feb. 18, 1998

PITTSBURGH - The Villanova University swimming and diving team completed a successful first day at the Big East Championships, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the University of Pittsburgh. After the first day's events, the Wildcat women's team is in fourth place with 74 points, behind Pittsburgh (106), Miami (98) and Notre Dame (88). The Villanova men's team currently ranks in fifth place (61 points), behind Miami (121), St. John's (71), Syracuse (70) and Notre Dame (69).

In women's relay competition, the Villanova 200 freestyle relay team composed of juniors Liz Lauwaert and Jackie Gruters, sophomore Tara Brock and freshman Kristen Olson won the Big East title, swimming a time of 1:33.28. The victory marked the seventh time in eight years that the Wildcats posted a Big East Championship in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Villanova also had a strong effort in the 200 yard relay medley, as junior Kristin Stretanski, freshman Danielle Macejka, Gruters and Olson swam to a second place finish with a time of 1:44.55. In diving competition, junior Tibby Fogarty finished in 24th place in the one meter dive with a score of 208.50.

The Wildcat men had a strong overall day, led by their 200 yard freestyle relay team of senior Jarad Lucan, sophomores Brian Finucane and Vince Allegra and freshman R.C. Thompson, who finished in fifth place with a time of 1:22.62. In the day's second relay event, freshmen Tyler Montaldi and Duane Couture along with Lucan and Allegra finished in sixth place in the 200 yard medley relay. On an outstanding day for the Villanova freshman, diver Brian Mulligan also contributed finishing tenth in the one meter dive (376.60).

The Big East Championships resume tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, and go through Saturday, Feb. 21.