Women Dominate at BIG EAST Conference Meet
Feb. 11, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Women's swimming and diving went 3-0 this weekend at a conference quad-meet held at Rutgers. The Wildcats defeated Georgetown 264-88, Seton Hall 122-44 and just slid by Rutgers 179-173. The weekend meet was highlighted by eight individual Wildcat winners and two relay victories.
Freshman Kaisla Kollanus (Hyvinkaa, Finland) and seniors Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa) and Erin Malone (Sydney, Australia) each notched two individual wins throughout the weekend. Kollanus finished first in the 50 yard freestyle (23.89) and the 100 yard freestyle (51.84). She also recorded third place in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.57. Tammadge found her wins in the 500 yard freestyle (4:55.98) and the 1000 yard freestyle (10:11.18). Teammates Summer Cook (Thornton, Colorado) and Leigh Anne Patterson (Cherry Hill, N.J.) finished second and third, respectively, behind Tammadge in the 1000 yard freestyle, giving Villanova a sweep in the event.
The Wildcats also took home the top places in the 200 individual medley as Erin Malone notched first (2:07.36), followed by Sara Jurek (Gilbert, Ariz.) (2:08.47) and Laura McGlaughlin (West Chester, Pa.) (2:08.87). Malone also finished on top in the 200 yard breaststroke at 2:16.49 and came in second in the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:04.63.
Once again, Villanova's senior class put up big performances. Laura McGlaughlin tabbed first place in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:04.34) and came in behind Erin Malone in the 200 yard breaststroke at 2:18.39. Hayley Edwards (Pilesgrove, N.J.) registered first place in the 200 yard butterfly (2:04.23) and came in second in the 100 yard butterfly (57.12). Leigh Anne Patterson notched two second-place finishes in the 400 yard individual medley (4:31.05) as well as the 200 yard butterfly (2:05.95).
The Wildcats not only had great performances in individual events, but made strong strides in the four relay events as well. Villanova's meet with Rutgers came down to the last relay where the Wildcats pulled ahead and earned the victory. This is the second time they were faced with that scenario in two weeks (also versus Pittsburgh on 1/26). The squad of Mikah Schlesinger (Herzliya, Israel), Laura McGlaughlin, Hayley Edwards and Kaisla Kollanus finished second in the 200 yard medley relay (1:48.53) and notched a first-place victory in the 400 yard medley relay (3:51.15). Sara Jurek, Natalie Elphick (Durban, South Africa), Hayley Edwards and Kaisla Kollanus also recorded first place in the 400 yard freestyle relay at 3:27.95. Villanova also swam a second-place 200 yard freestyle relay that came in at 1:37.12.
The women finish their regular season with an 8-2 overall, including a first place title at the Frank Elm Invite, and a 4-0 record in BIG EAST action. Villanova looks to continue their success from the regular season as they prepare for the BIG EAST Championships on Feb. 27- Mar. 2 in Indianapolis, Ind..