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Women's Swimming & Diving Wins Fifth Straight BIG EAST Championship
Feb. 24, 2018

Day 4 Results | Complete Results

The Villanova Swimming & Diving squads wrapped up a successful weekend at the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships presented by Jeep at the SPIRE Institute. The women won their fifth straight title as they tallied 966.5 points. After a hard-fought battle with Seton Hall, the men took second in the final team standings with 749.5 points.

"This weekend was histircal for the men and women. The men's competition came right down to the wire and it was so great to see them step up to the challenge that they had this week. I'm proud of both teams, they did such a great job for our program," Wildcats Head Coach Rick Simpson said.

Head coach Rick Simpson and his staff took home Men's and Women's Swimming Staff of the Year honors. This is the fourth straight honor for Simpson. Diving head coach Todd Michael received Men's Diving Coach of the Year, while Darby Goodwin took won her third Swimmer of Year honor. Sophomore Michael Perra was tabbed with Diver of the Year honors.

Caitlin Daday swam in her last event as a Wildcat while winning the 1,650 freestyle (16:37.84). Goodwin claimed her sixth medal of the Championships as she finished first in the 200 backstroke with a SPIRE Pool Record (1:55.09). Rayann Jaryszak took fifth in the event (2:00.88). Villanova saw three student-athlete on the podium in the 100 free as Alexa Fabbri finished first (49.24), Samantha Cheruk fourth (50.65), and Milly Routledge took the fifth spot (50.72). Gabby Daigneault finished third in the 200 breaststroke, while Heather Farley and Olivia Cacciatore placed fifth and sixth. In the last individual event for Villanova, a trio of Wildcats earned first, second and third place finishes. Senior, Mackenzie Niness placed first followed by Elise Pidutti and Christine Sullivan.

For the men, John Davidson got things going for the Wildcats as he won the 1,650 free (15:25.52). Davidson broke his own school record which was previously 15:47.06. JP Naughton closed out his college career with a third-place finish in the event with a time of (15:44.45). In the 200 breaststroke, Justin Cucchi and Andrew Kelley took third and fourth. Cucchi swam the event in a time of 1:46.58, while Kelley clocked in at 1:47.20. Senior, Jake Hoin swam his last 100 freestyle as a Wildcat where he placed fourth (45.04). After a highly competitive 200 breast, Tyler Nussbaum touched the wall in a time of 2:00.63 to take third.

"I was pleased with how the men did this week. We wanted a shot at the Big East title and I think we exceeded all expectations. This is such a united group of men and the leadership that the seniors have instilled in this program is going to trickle down for the next few years. Just an overall great job by the men tonight," Villanova Assistant Coach Ed Pretre said.

The Women's 400 free relay team consisting of Goodwin, Fabbri, Chernuk, and Taylor Wilson took home another gold as they broke the Villanova school record and SPIRE Institute pool record with a time of 3:18.51.

In the men's 400 free relay, Hoin, Krecsmar, Nussbaum, and Chris Paynter placed third with a time of 3:01.01.

Perra finished in first in the 3-meter to take his second gold medal of the week with a total of 625.30 points. Joe Swindal came in fourth for the Wildcats as he tallied 477.55 total points.

Final Standings:


1. Villanova- 966.5
2. Georgetown- 628.5
3. Seton Hall- 588
4. Xavier- 555
5. Butler- 235
6. Providence- 199


1. Seton Hall- 777
2. Villanova- 749.5
3. Georgetown- 661.5
4. Xavier- 638.5
5. Providence- 213.5