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Villanova Women Take Lead on Day Two of BIG EAST Swimming Championships
Erin Merkle took first in the 500 freestyle, one of four Villanova freshmen to place in the event.

Feb. 21, 2014

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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.

On the men's side, Ben Smith earned a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.47. Jason Moyer earned a spot on the podium in the 50 freestyle, placing fifth with a time of 20.93.

Kyle Grant, Mike Rodriguez, Chris Tamanini and Moyer took fourth in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:23.44.

The championships continue tomorrow with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly.

Women's Scores
Villanova 334.50
Georgetown 302.50
Seton Hall 202
Xavier 191
Providence 124
Butler 94

Men's Scores
Xavier 321.50
Georgetown 257.50
Seton Hall 186.50
Villanova 164.50
Providence 92