PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— The Villanova Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving squads traveled to Philadelphia to compete in their first meet of the 2017-18 season. At the Drexel Relays, both squads had great showings from multiple athletes.
The Wildcats had four break Drexel pool records in seven events this weekend:
- Caitlin Daday- 1,000 Free
- Alexa Fabbri- 200 Free
- Darby Goodwin- 100 Back and 200 Back
- Rayann Jaryszak- 200 IM
The Women’s team saw action in the pool first as the 200-medley relay team consisting of Darby Goodwin, Heather Farley, Mackenzie Niness, and Taylor Wilson swam to a first-place finish with a time 1:45.13. Villanova also had another team compete in the race, they finished in fourth with a 1:48.57.
Individually, the Wildcats saw members of its squad touch the wall first. Caitlin Daday topped the podium in both of her events that she participated in. First in the 1000 free she earned a time of 10:10.73 which would make her the pool record holder and in the 500 free her was 5:00.18. Alexa Fabbri swam to a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:51.76) and a second-place finish in the 50 free (24.37) and 100 free (52.56). Darby Goodwin also had a strong showing in her first meet of the season as she went home with three first place finishes and two new Drexe pool records on the weekend. Her victories came in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Rayann Jaryszak was the fourth member to break a pool record this weekend as she swam the 200 IM. Heather Farley continued the trend of first place finishes as she swam the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:05.53 and the 200 breastroke with a time of 2:23.67. Taylor Wilson rounded out competition for the Wildcats as she earned first place in the 50-freestyle swimming to a time 24:36 and in the 100 freestyle at a time of 52.27.
In the diving competition for the Wildcats, Katherine Walker competed in the 1-meter dive where she notched a first-place finish. She finished the weekend with 244.55 points.
Andrew Kelley got things started for the Wildcats individually as he placed second in the 100 backstroke (51.70). He also has a time of 1:55.63 in 200 backstroke that would earn him a fourth-place finish. Jade Rice touched the wall first in the 200 butterfly as he recorded a time of 1:55.45. Jake Hoin placed second in the 100 butterfly at a time of 51.40 while placing fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.67. Justin Cucchi also had a solid showing this weekend as took third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:54.01.
“ As coaches, we were very impressed with the energy and focus that our athletes brought to the meet. Early season meets can be tough. Many people have not raced in a few months and the demands of heavy fall train can certainly make it challenging. But our folks really did a nice job and set the bar rather high for the remainder of the season," Swimming Head Coach Rick Simpson said.
Up next for the Men and Women is a trip to Rutgers for a quad meet with Georgetown, Pitt, Rutgers, and Seton Hall. Competition will begin Nov. 3 and conlude on Nov. 4.