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Women's Swimming Closes Homecoming Weekend with Win Over West Virginia
Gabby Daigneault.
Oct. 25, 2014


VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's swimming team (2-1) closed out Homecoming weekend with a 146-116 victory over West Virginia on Saturday from the Villanova Swim Complex. The `Cats went 2-1 over the three-day stretch with wins over La Salle on Friday and WVU on Saturday.

The women earned eight first place, seven second and 12 third place finishes to sink the Mountaineers. The Wildcats swept the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke to help secure the victory.

Freshman Gabby Daigneault (Montreal, Quebec/William H. Hall) led the way for `Nova with three wins in the only individual races she swam. Daigneault won the 100 backstroke (57.18), 200 backstroke (2:03.04) and 400 individual medley (4:31.44). She also placed second in the first event, the 400 medley relay, with freshman Heather Farley (Mendota Heights, Minn./Convent of the Visitation), junior Fiona Hardie (Hampshire, England/Bournemouth School) and senior Sara Jurek (Gilbert, Ariz./Chandler).

Daigneault, along with freshman Mary Spillane (2:06.62; Trumbull, Conn./Academy of Our Lady of Mercy) and Colleen Lord (2:08.14; Sugar Land, Texas/Clements), finished first through third in the 200 backstroke.

Junior Kaisla Kollanus (Hyvinkaa, Finland/Makelanrinteen Iukio) won two individual races and the final team relay. Kollanus earned victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 23.97 and 52.23, respectively. Kollanus, senior Katrin Heider (52.28; Bergisch Gladbach, Germany/Herkenrath) and Jurek (52.71) finished one-two-three in the 100 free, all within half a second of one another.



Sophomore Mary Snyder (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) secured a first place finish in the 200 freestyle, which the Wildcats swept, with a time of 1:53.38 to lead the pack. Jurek finished behind her at 1:54-flat and Heider followed suit at 1:54.19.

Sophomore Emily Mayo (Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe) won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.41.

The Wildcats concluded the afternoon with a first-place 400 freestyle relay finish. Hardie swam first leg as Kollanus, Heider and sophomore Jessica Randolph (Davie, Fla./American Heritage) finished off the race.

Villanova returns to the pool against Penn State in State College, Pa. for the first road meet of the year. The Wildcats and the Nittany Lions will meet on Fri., Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.