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Wildcats Win Six Events But Fall in Close Meet at Seton Hall, 159-137
Scott Thiede won three races in a close meet against Seton Hall and now has six wins on the season.

Jan. 18, 2012

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Junior Scott Thiede (Bethesda, Md.) won three individual races and also led off a winning relay for Villanova (3-4) in a dual meet at Seton Hall (8-1), where the Wildcats fell in a close meet by a final score of 159-137 at Arthur E. Imperattore Natatorium on Tuesday afternoon. Thiede was the individual winner in the 50, 100 and 200 yard freestyle races and closed out the day by helping lead the 200 yard freestyle relay squad to a victory.

The outcome of the meet hung in the balance until the final individual swimming event thanks to several strong Villanova efforts. In addition to the three individual wins by Thiede, sophomore Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) and freshman Jovany Avendano (Paterson, N.J.) were victorious in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, respectively.

At the start of the meet the Pirates opened with victories in the 400 medley relay and the 1000 free before the Wildcats came back to win four of the next six events. Villanova occupied the top three finishing spots in the 200 free, in which Thiede touched the wall first with a winning time of 1:46.85. Freshman Jason Moyer (Center Valley, Pa.) was second (1:47.15) and junior Russell Paulson (West Chester, Pa.) third (1:47.72).

Next up was Avendano, who won the 100 back with a time of 52.99 and swam to a margin of victory of just over half a second. This was the second win of the season for Avendano and his first in the 100 back. He previously won the 200 back versus La Salle in the season opener.

Two events later Thiede went back-to-back with wins in the 50 free and the 100 free. He registered a time of 22.03 in the 50 free and won the 100 free with a mark of 47.99. In the latter race Thiede held off sophomore teammate Kyle Grant (Winnetka, Ill.), who touched the wall second in 48.41.



Smith won the second-to-last swimming event when he captured the 100 fly, with Grant placing second (53.81) and senior Marc Maurizi (Lancaster, Pa.) fourth (55.76).

In the 200 free relay which wrapped up the meet the Wildcats posted a winning time of 1:27.75 and came in just under three-tenths of a second ahead of the top Seton Hall relay squad. Thiede led off for Villanova and was followed by Grant, Moyer and junior Braden Clarke (Chappaqua, N.Y.). In the third leg of the relay Moyer had the fastest split for the Wildcats at 21.71.

Villanova will host Providence on Saturday in the only combined men's and women's dual home meet of the season. The team will honor its seniors in a Senior Day ceremony as part of the meet. Diving events will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Villanova Swim Center, with the Senior Day ceremony slated for approximately 12:15 p.m. The 13-event swimming program will follow, starting at 12:30 p.m.


400 Yard Medley Relay

Villanova `B'                   2nd of 4                  3:37.59
Jovany Avendano                                        54.65
tony sipala                                            1:02.06
Ben Smith                                              52.07
Russell Paulson                                        48.81

Villanova `A' 4th 3:43.96 Jordan Bickhart 57.51 Roy Sung 1:01.67 Marc Maurizi 55.23 Chris Tamanini 49.55

1000 Yard Freestyle

Jordan Bickhart              3rd of 6                  10:04.83
Ted Sukramani                6th                       10:31.28

200 Yard Freestyle

Scott Thiede                 1st of 7                  1:46.85
Jason Moyer                  2nd                       1:47.15
Russell Paulson              3rd                       1:47.72

100 Yard Backstroke

Jovany Avendano              1st of 7                  52.99
Kyle Grant                   3rd                       53.52
Braden Clarke                4th                       55.13
Chris Tamanini               6th                       56.41

100 Yard Breaststroke

Roy Sung                     3rd of 5                  1:02.59
tony sipala                  5th                       1:02.97

200 Yard Butterfly

Ben Smith                    2nd of 6                  1:56.51
Marc Maurizi                 5th                       2:05.12

50 Yard Freestyle

Scott Thiede                 1st of 8                  22.03
Jason Moyer                  3rd                       22.34
Braden Clarke                6th                       23.02
Chris Tamanini               7th                       23.11

1 Meter Diving

Charlie Cornelius            2nd of 4                  196.20
Robert Patton                4th                       157.50

100 Yard Freestyle

Scott Thiede                 1st of 8                  47.99
Kyle Grant                   2nd                       48.41
Jason Moyer                  4th                       49.13
Russell Paulson              7th                       49.79

200 Yard Backstroke

Braden Clarke                3rd of 6                  2:00.53
Jovany Avendano              4th                       2:00.99
Jordan Bickhart              5th                       2:01.75

200 Yard Breaststroke

tony sipala                  3rd of 5                  2:16.13
Roy Sung                     4th                       2:16.54

500 Yard Freestyle

Russell Paulson              2nd of 6                  4:50.28
Ted Sukramani                4th                       4:53.41
Jordan Bickhart              6th                       5:07.12

100 Yard Butterfly

Ben Smith                    1st of 6                  52.52
Kyle Grant                   2nd                       53.81
Marc Maurizi                 4th                       55.76

3 Meter Diving

Charlie Cornelius            2nd of 3                  203.18
Robert Patton                3rd                       154.73

400 Yard Individual Medley

Ted Sukramani                3rd of 6                  4:22.86
tony sipala                  4th                       4:23.24
Roy Sung                     6th                       4:26.98

200 Yard Freestyle Relay

Villanova `A'                   1st of 5                  1:27.75
Scott Thiede                                           22.04
Kyle Grant                                             22.08
Jason Moyer                                            21.71
Braden Clarke                                          21.92

Villanova `B' 3rd 1:31.02 Ted Sukramani 22.72 Chris Tamanini 23.64 Marc Maurizi 22.46 Jovany Avendano 22.20