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Wildcat Men Earn Six First Place Finishes in Loss to La Salle
Junior Jason Moyer earned three top-three finishes

Oct. 23, 2013

Complete Results

PHILADELPHIA - The Villanova men's swimming & diving team finished first in six events, but fell to La Salle, 180.5-110.5, Wednesday evening in Philadelphia.

"As a staff, we were pleased with the overall performance of our team," said head coach Rick Simpson. "We are a very young team so we knew going into the meet that we were dealing with many unknowns. The day presented us with some nice surprises, but also allowed us to identify areas that we must work on."

Senior Ben Smith earned the team's first victory of the season in the 200 yard butterfly with a 1:56.91. Sophomore Murphy Smith placed second in the event with a time of 1:59.84.

Murphy Smith notched first place in the 100 butterfly with a 51.54 while sophomore Nikolai Tchobanov earned second (55.34).

Ben Smith earned his second first-place finish of the evening in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 1:59.76, while freshman Harrison Rodts placed third (2:05.61).

In his first collegiate event, Rodts also placed third in the 1000 freestyle with a 9:50.00. Fellow freshman Greg Cino placed fourth in the event (9:54.00). Cino also earned third place in the 500 freestyle with 4:53.09.

Junior Jason Moyer tied with La Salle's Jonathan Cabral for first in the 50 freestyle (22.12). Moyer also tied La Salle's Kip Gravel for first in the 100 freestyle (48.14)



Senior Kyle Grant, junior Tony Sipala, Ben Smith and Moyer placed second in the 400 medley relay with a 3:36.78.

Grant earned a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a 55.70, and tied for second place with La Salle's Marcus Cloutier in the 200 backstroke (1:59.93)

Murphy Smith placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:49.21) for his third top-three finish of the night.

Cipala placed third in the 200 breastroke with a time of 2:17.28.

In diving, sophomore Zachary Romanovsky finished first on the 3-meter board with a 189.08. Romanovsky also finished fourth on the 1-meter board with a 165.98.

The team travels to Morgantown, W. Va., for a quad meet with the Mountaineers, Cincinnati and James Madison.