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Smith Breaks 25-Year-Old Record on Day Three of BIG EAST Championships
Ben Smith broke the program record in the 100 butterfly.

Feb. 21, 2014

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SEWELL, N.J. - Ben Smith broke a 25-year-old Villanova record and the women's team won four of six events on the third day of the BIG EAST Conference Swimming Championships on Friday.

Smith took gold in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.84, breaking Chris Craft's 25-year-old record time of 49.04 in the event. It is the first time since 1996 that a Villanova men's swimmer earned an individual BIG EAST title.

Sara Jurek continued her BIG EAST success in the day's first event, the 400 IM. She finished at 4:22.10 for gold. Mary Snyder tied for second in the event with Xavier's Mackenna Rife with both swimmers tapping the wall at 4:27.69.

Fiona Hardie took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.70, while teammate Kaisla Kollanus placed third with a 54.98.

Wildcats took the top three spots in the 200 freestyle with Katrin Heider earning gold (1:49.29). Emily Mayo placed second (1:50.24) while Jessie Randolph took the bronze (1:50.36).

Colleen Lord placed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.48. Megan Conrad finished the event in fourth place with a time of 57.06.

The women's 400 medley relay team finished the night atop the podium, winning the event with a time of 3:46.46 behind lord, Kristin Haufler, Hardie and Kollanus' efforts.

Jason Moyer also had a strong outing on the men's side, taking the silver medal in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.77.

Mike Rodriguez, Tony Sipala, Smith and Moyer finished the evening with the bronze in the 400 medley relay behind a time of 3:23.13.

The championships conclude tomorrow with preliminary and final rounds in the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.

Women's Team Scores
Villanova 567
Georgetown 511.50
Seton Hall 372
Xavier 371.50
Providence 226
Butler 165

Men's Team Scores
Xavier 637
Georgetown 493.50
Seton Hall 319
Villanova 305.50
Providence 202