Jan. 21, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa.--After honoring its four graduating seniors in a ceremony prior to the start of the swimming events Villanova (4-4) raced to a big lead and defeated Providence (0-5) by a final score of 136-101 on Senior Day at the Villanova Swim Center on Saturday afternoon. Six different Wildcats won at least one individual event as the team claimed its third dual meet win of the season over a BIG EAST opponent.
Both teams had 18 points after the diving events but in the first three swimming events Villanova outscored the Friars by a margin of 43-11 to easily pull away en route to the eventual win. Sophomore Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) was a double winner for the Wildcats, capturing both the 200 yard freestyle and the 200 butterfly.
Villanova opened the swimming portion of the meet by finishing first and second, respectively, in the 400 yard medley relay. Freshman Jovany Avendano (Paterson, N.J.) led off the winning relay and was followed by freshman Roy Sung (Wayland, R.I.), Smith and junior Braden Clarke (Chappaqua, N.Y.). That quartet finished with a time of 3:37.16 and each of the first three members of the relay was an individual winner as well.
The second relay squad included sophomore Kyle Grant (Winnetka, Ill.), freshman tony sipala (South Glastonbury, Conn.), senior Marc Maurizi (Lancaster, Pa.) and freshman Chris Tamanini (Kingston Twp., Pa.) and finished with a time of 3:39.89.
Smith won the 200 free with a time of 1:45.48 and captured the 200 fly in 1:59.54, winning the latter race by nearly two seconds. Avendano finished first in the 200 backstroke (1:59.75) and Sung won the 200 breaststroke (2:17.41).
The other individual winners for the Wildcats included junior Jordan Bickhart (Wyomissing, Pa.) in the 1000 free (9:59.31), Grant in the 100 free (47.80) and junior Russell Paulson (West Chester, Pa.) in the 500 free (4:52.34).
Villanova had already clinched the meet victory and swam exhibition style during the final relay, in which the Wildcats had the fastest time in the 400 free relay with a mark of 3:18.05. Junior Scott Thiede (Bethesda, Md.) led off that relay and was followed by Clarke, Tamanini and Paulson.
Next up on the schedule for Villanova is a dual meet on the road against Rider on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
400 Yard Medley Relay
Villanova `A' 1st of 4 3:37.16 Jovany Avendano Roy Sung Ben Smith Braden Clarke
1000 Yard Freestyle
Jordan Bickhart 1st of 4 9:59.31 Scott Thiede 2nd 10:12.85
200 Yard Freestyle
Ben Smith 1st of 7 1:45.48 Russell Paulson 2nd 1:46.45 Ted Sukramani 4th 1:48.32
50 Yard Freestyle
Ted Sukramani 2nd of 7 22.67 Jason Moyer 4th 23.01 Chris Tamanini 6th 23.24
400 Yard Individual Medley
Roy Sung 2nd of 5 4:23.27 Braden Clarke 3rd 4:24.37 Jordan Bickhart 5th 4:29.16
1 Meter Diving
J. Paul Suydam 2nd of 4 258.15 Charlie Cornelius 3rd 236.78 Robert Patton 4th 202.20
200 Yard Butterfly
Ben Smith 1st of 5 1:59.54 Marc Maurizi 4th 2:06.16
100 Yard Freestyle
Kyle Grant 1st of 7 47.80 Jason Moyer 2nd 49.28 tony sipala 3rd 49.56
200 Yard Backstroke
Jovany Avendano 1st of 4 1:59.75 Kyle Grant 4th 2:09.12
500 Yard Freestyle
Russell Paulson 1st of 5 4:52.34 Jordan Bickhart 2nd 4:52.89
3 Meter Diving
J. Paul Suydam 2nd of 4 260.03 Charlie Cornelius 3rd 240.60 Robert Patton 4th 191.70
200 Yard Breaststroke
Roy Sung 1st of 6 2:17.41 Scott Thiede 5th 2:25.33
400 Yard Freestyle Relay
Villanova `A' Exhibition (1st of 4) 3:18.05 Scott Thiede Braden Clarke Chris Tamanini Russell Paulson