Jan. 21, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa.--In its only home meet of the season Villanova (6-5) won all 13 events and defeated Providence (1-5) by a final score of 165-72 on Senior Day at the Villanova Swim Center on Saturday afternoon. Four different athletes were double winners for the Wildcats, including senior Amanda DiMarco (Cortland Manor, N.Y.), who swept the diving events and was honored during a Senior Day ceremony along with classmate Yolana Du Plessis (Boksburg, South Africa) and four members of the men's team.
DiMarco picked up wins on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, scoring 298.35 and 286.22 points, respectively. Sophomores Lauren Brown (Schnecksville, Pa.) and Michelle Hall (North Andover, Mass.) finished behind DiMarco in both events and helped Villanova forge a 30-4 lead in the meet after the diving events.
In the swimming events junior Hayley Edwards (Pilesgrove, N.J.) swam to comfortable margins of victory in the 1000 yard freestyle and the 200 butterfly. She touched the wall in 10:16.03 in the 1000 free and registered a mark of 2:03.96 in the 200 fly, winning both races by more than seven seconds.
Juniors Natalie Elphick (Durban, South Africa) and Lindsey Hagens (Westboro, Mass.) also won two events apiece. Elphick captured the 50 free (24.53) and the 100 free (53.76) while Hagens was the individual winner in the 400 individual medley (4:27.59) and the 200 backstroke (2:05.75).
The other winners for the Wildcats included juniors Laura McGlaughlin (West Chester, Pa.) in the 200 free (1:55.95), Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa) in the 500 free (5:05.68) and Erin Malone (Sydney, Australia) in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.45).
At the start of the swimming portion of the meet Du Plessis led off the 400 yard medley relay and helped lead Villanova to a winning time of 3:55.62. McGlaughlin, freshman Katrin Heider (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) and Elphick followed to complete the lineup for the top Wildcats relay. The quartet of sophomore Mikah Schlesinger (Herzliya, Israel), Tammadge, Malone and junior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) finished second in the 400 medley relay race.
Villanova swam exhibition style for the final two events with the meet comfortably in hand but registered the three fastest times in the 400 freestyle relay to close out the meet. The top relay for the Wildcats finished in 3:37.56 and consisted of Heider and fellow freshmen Sarah Aemisegger (Oreland, Pa.), Kayra Zsiga (Glendale, Ariz.) and Sara Jurek (Gilbert, Ariz.).
The "B" lineup for Villanova in the 400 free relay featured Hagens, Du Plessis, junior Leigh Anne Patterson (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Edwards and finished with a time of 3:40.36. The "C" relay consisted of freshman Claire Aksamit (Rochester, Minn.), freshman Kate Koch (Towson, Md.), Schlesinger and Malone and recorded a time of 3:44.90.
Next up on the schedule for the Wildcats is a dual meet at Penn State this coming Friday at 5 p.m.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
400 Yard Medley Relay
Villanova `A' 1st of 6 3:55.62 Yolana Du Plessis Laura McGlaughlin Katrin Heider Natalie Elphick
1000 Yard Freestyle
Hayley Edwards 1st of 6 10:16.03 Leigh Anne Patterson 2nd 10:23.40
200 Yard Freestyle
Laura McGlaughlin 1st of 7 1:55.95 Kayra Zsiga 2nd 1:57.39 Yolana Du Plessis 4th 2:00.79
50 Yard Freestyle
Natalie Elphick 1st of 8 24.53 Katrin Heider 2nd 24.91 Sarah Aemisegger 3rd 25.17 Claire Aksamit 5th 26.42
400 Yard Individual Medley
Lindsey Hagens 1st of 4 4:27.59 Sara Jurek 2nd 4:34.59
1 Meter Diving
Amanda DiMarco 1st of 4 298.35 Lauren Brownd 3rd 281.18 Michelle Hall 4th 193.95
200 Yard Butterfly
Hayley Edwards 1st of 7 2:03.96 Kate Koch 2nd 2:11.81 Summer Cook 3rd 2:13.92
100 Yard Freestyle
Natalie Elphick 1st of 7 53.76 Kayra Zsiga 2nd 53.96 Summer Cook 5th 57.35
200 Yard Backstroke
Lindsey Hagens 1st of 8 2:05.75 Mikah Schlesinger 2nd 2:07.66 Laura McGlaughlin 3rd 2:14.31 Sarah Aemisegger 7th 2:20.10
500 Yard Freestyle
Roxy Tammadge 1st of 7 5:05.68 Kate Koch 2nd 5:18.32 Claire Aksamit 3rd 5:21.77
3 Meter Diving
Amanda DiMarco 1st of 3 286.22 Lauren Brown 2nd 279.23 Michelle Hall 3rd 217.35
200 Yard Breaststroke
Erin Malone Exhibition (1st of 8) 2:25.45 Roxy Tammadge Exhibition (2nd) 2:28.95 Leigh Anne Patterson Exhibition (3rd) 2:29.31 Sara Jurek Exhibition (4th) 2:32.73
400 Yard Freestyle Relay
Villanova `A' Exhibition (1st of 6) 3:37.56 Katrin Heider Sarah Aemisegger Kayra Zsiga Sara Jurek