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Dec. 6, 1997

Wildcats Swim at Virginia Invitational

Jackie Gruters
Junior Jackie Gruters swam to victory in her top event with a time of 2:03.09.

At the University of Virginia Invitational on Dec. 4-6, the Villanova men and women's swimming and diving teams each finished in third place against the likes of Virginia, Princeton and George Washington.

Despite a third place finish, the men's swimming and diving team saw numerous outstanding individual performances in the Virginia Invitational.

Two season highs were broken by the Wildcats in their sixth meet of the season. Freshman Cass Tokarski from East Rutherford, N.J. and Henry P. Becton Regional High School, set a career best in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.57.

Fellow freshman Tyler Montaldi also set a season and career best in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 52.64.

The Villanova women's swimming and diving team saw four individual victories during the three-day meet. High school All-American Katie Armitage from North Haven, Conn., and North Haven High School, tallied two individual event victories. Armitage won the 400 yard individual medley in a time of 4:21.65 and the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.89. In a weekend where the Wildcat freshman phenoms shown brightly, freshman Katherine Volz also contributed an individual victory. Volz, from Fort Myer's, Fla. and Cypress Lake High School, won the 1,650 yard freestyle on Saturday Dec. 6, in a time of 16:59.96.

Junior Jackie Gruters, who holds the Villanova record and was an NCAA Qualifier in the 200 yard backstroke last season, swam to victory in her top event with a time of 2:03.09.

The Wildcats head to Boca Raton, Fla. for Christmas training from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11.

They will resume their season on Jan. 10 in Boca Raton, Fla., where they will meet Nebraska, Purdue and Florida Atlantic.