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Swimming & Diving Still Hold Lead in Night Three of BIG EAST Championships
Feb. 23, 2018

Results: Day 3

GENEVA, Ohio-- Villanova Swimming & Diving competed in day three of the BIG EAST Championships presented by Jeep on Friday evening. After a competitive night, both the men (657.5 points) and women (506.5 points) are in first place in the latest team standings.

"It was a great day for us. We had both relay teams break school records, and I'm really proud of the job they did tonight," Wildcats Head Coach Rick Simpson said.

In the women's 400 IM, the Wildcats took the top four spots. Elise Pidutti finished first followed by Caitlin Daday, Christine Sullivan, and Emily Provenzo. Alexa Fabbri captured her fifth medal of the week after winning the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:45.84. Teammate Milly Routledge took second (1:48.57) in the race. Darby Goodwin won the 100 Backstroke for the third straight year. The junior touched the wall in the event with a time of 53.42. Mackenzie Niness placed second in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 54.63. During the 100 Breast, Heather Farley and Rayann Jaryszak took third and fourth respectively.



Senior Jake Hoin took home the gold medal in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 47.80. Topping the podium for the Wildcats in the 100 back was Andrew Kelley. This was the first championship for the sophomore in the event. Justin Cucchi remained strong for Villanova as he swam to a second placed finish in the 400 IM in a time of 3:55.82. In the 100 breast, Tyler Nussmbaum claimed second with a time of 55.04.

It was another historic night for the relay squads as both the men's and women's 400 medley relay took home first place honors. The women's squad consisting of Goodwin, Farley, Niness, and Taylor Wilson broke the Villanova school record along with the SPIRE Institute pool record in a time of 3:39.17. The previous pool record was 3:39.29. In the men's race, Kelley, Nussbaum, Hoin, and Stephen Krecsmar also broke the Villanova school record by finishing in 3:14.70.

Jenny Schrenker placed sixth for the Wildcats in diving with a total score of 420.35.

"It's been a great week for us and we look forward to coming in here tomorrow and closing out the meet on a strong note," Simpson said.

The Wildcats will return to the pool on Saturday for the final day of competition. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. with finals starting at 6 p.m. The senior student-athletes will be recognized 5:45.