PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— The Villanova Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Philadelphia, Pa. to compete in meet at Penn. The women’s team topped Penn 181-119 while the men came up short, 186-111.
“I was real impressed with how our men and women raced today. The backend speed showed it’s face today and that is something we have been emphasizing. I'm happy with how our student-athletes closed their races," Swimming head coach Rick Simpson said.
Darby Goodwin continued to dominate in the 100 and 200 back as she swam to two first place finishes. Goodwin broke a three-year-old Penn pool record in the 200 back with a time of 1:59.86. She also helped the 200-free relay squad break a pool record with a time of 1:34.84. Other swimmers in that relay were Alex Fabbri, Milly Routledge, and Elise Pidutti.
“Darby Goodwin once again continues her record braking ways. I was great great to see her to get time to under 2 minutes,” Simpson said.
Caitlin Daday continued to have strong performances as she took home a pair of first place finishes. Fabbri also swam to a first-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 52.09.
J.P. Naughton earned a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 free in a time of 10:07.58. He also helped the 200-free relay team to second place. Stephen Krecsmar had a top three finish in the 200 free, came in fourth in the 100 fly, and helped the 200-free relay team to a first-place finish. Justin Cucchi touched the first in the 200 back for the first time this season in a time of 1:53.13.
Michael Perra had the best score of the meet (324.60) to earn first place in the 3-meter dive. This is the first time he has topped the leaderboard this season.
“Mike Perra was key in our men’s diving. He came within 10 points of qualifying for the NCAA Zone meet," Simpson said.
This was the last meet of the fall season for the Wildcats. They will return to action in January for the spring slate.