Feb. 24, 2009
Indianapoils, Ind. - The Villanova women finished the BIG EAST Championship recording 264.5 points good for 7th place for the second year in a row. On the men's side, the Wildcats earned 78 points and finished in 10th place for the second straight year.
Sophomore Astrid Armgarth (Linkoping, Sweden) was a top performer for the Wildcat women in the competition. Armgarth started in the 400 IM where she finished in fourth place with a time of 4:21.86. She then recorded sixth in the 1650 free, finishing in 16:46.75. Her third top 10 finish came in the 500 free. With a time of 4:52.14, Armgarth captured ninth place. She finished the day earning the Wildcats 37 individual points.
Junior Sarah Czar also had a fourth place finish for the Wildcats. In the 200 free, Czar recorded a time of 1:48.97 giving the team 15 points. In the 100 free, Czar finished in 10th place with a time of 50.57, adding seven points.
Senior Kerri McIlvain (Philadelphia, Pa.) looked sharp at her final BIG EAST Championship. McIlvain finished in sixth place in the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.76. She earned Villanova 13 points in the event. McIlvain also had an 11th place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.56.
Freshmen diver Amanda DiMarco (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) saw success in her first visit to the BIG EAST Championships in the 1 meter event. Recording a score of 221.00, DiMarco came home with an 11th place finish and six points for Villanova. In the 3 meter competition, DiMarco finished in 13th place with a score of 228.80, adding four points to the Wildcats score.
Another freshman who made an impact was Lindsay Hagens (Westboro, Mass.). Hagens started with an 11th place finish in the 200 IM, in a time of 2:03.31. Next, she swam the 100 breast in a time of 1:04.23, finishing in 10th place. In the 200 back, Hagens finished in 15th with a time of 2:02.40. Hagens' individual contribution was 15 points, adding to the Villanova total.
The men saw their success in the relay events. Starting out with a strong performance in the 200 Medley Relay, the team of sophomore Christopher Jordan (Holland, Mich.), freshman Eric Bailey (Burlington, Vt.), senior Bill Sepich (Ocean City, N.J.) and junior Sean Whipkey (McLean, Va.), finished in 10th place with a time of 1:35.13.
Another relay team that finished in 10th place was the 200 free. Whipkey and Sepich along with sophomore Tony Colalillo (Logansport,, Ind.) and sophomore Nicholas Williams (Holmdel, N.J.), recorded a time of 1:25.35 earning the Wildcats 14 points.
In the 400 free relay, Williams, Whipkey, Sepich and senior John Schaefer (Hinsdale, Ill.) brought home a ninth place finish. A time of 3:07.18 awarded 18 points to Villanova.