Villanova Women Take Lead on Day Two of BIG EAST Swimming Championships
Feb. 21, 2014
SEWELL, N.J. - The Villanova women's swimming & diving team finished the second day of conference championships with the top spots in each of the session's four events, taking over the lead Thursday evening with 334.50 points. The men maintained fourth place, finishing the day with 164.50 points.
The women's team continued its dominance from the night before early, with four freshmen taking the top places in the 500 freestyle. Erin Merkle tapped the wall first with a time of 4:51.45, followed by Emily Mayo at 4:51.72. Mary Snyder finished third (4:54.00) while Colleen Lord came in fourth (4:57.90).
Sarah Jurek, who anchored the team's title wins in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay the night before, took the gold in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.65. Jessica Randolph came in third with a 2:94.78. Kristin Haufler finished fifth with a time of 2:06.15.
The women Wildcats swept the top three spots in the 50 freestyle. Kaisla Kollanus finished first with a time of 23.45, while Fiona Hardie took silver (23.56). Katrin Heider tied with Georgetown's Erica Fabbri for third place with both swimmers tapping the wall at 23.65.
Hardie, Heider, Kollanus and Jurek combined their success in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing first with a time of 1:33.09.
The championships continue tomorrow with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly.