Feb. 16, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On the second night of competition in the BIG EAST Championships the top performance for Villanova came from junior Scott Thiede (Bethesda, Md.) at Trees Pool on Thursday, where the Wildcats are currently in ninth place midway through the meet. Thiede swam individually in the 50 yard freestyle on Thursday morning and also led off his team's 200 yard freestyle relay during the evening session.
In the preliminaries of the 50 free Thiede swam a personal best time of 20.82 and came in 21st out of 46 competitors. He also led off the 200 free relay with a split of 21.11 and Villanova went on to finish in eighth place in the relay to earn 22 points towards the team score. Thiede was followed in the lineup by sophomore Kyle Grant (Winnetka, Ill.), senior Ted Sukramani (Williamsburg, Va.) and freshman Jason Moyer (Center Valley, Pa.).
Moyer anchored the relay with a time of 20.74 and had the fastest split for the Wildcats after leading off both the 800 free relay and the 200 medley relay in competition a day earlier on Wednesday night.
Freshman Chris Tamanini (Kingston Twp., Pa.) also competed in the preliminaries of the 50 free and finished in 39th place with a time of 21.93.
In the preliminaries of the 200 individual medley sophomore Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) touched the wall in 24th place (1:54.47) and was followed by freshmen Roy Sung (Wayland, R.I.) and tony sipala (South Glastonbury, Conn.) in 34th place (1:56.64) and 38th place (1:57.63), respectively.
A trio of Villanova swimmers raced in the preliminaries of the 500 free, which kicked off Thursday's morning session. Sukramani came in 25th overall (4:35.20) and was followed by junior Russell Paulson (West Chester, Pa.) in 30th place (4:38.38) and junior Jordan Bickhart (Wyomissing, Pa.) in 44th place (4:47.87).
The meet resumes at 10 a.m. on Friday morning with the swimming of the day's preliminary events, while the finals will be held during the evening session starting at 6 p.m. Friday's events include the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Thursday at BIG EAST Championships
Trees Pool (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Men's 500 Yard Freestyle
Ted Sukramani 25th of 53 4:35.20 Russell Paulson 30th 4:38.38 Jordan Bickhart 44th 4:47.87
Men's 200 Yard Individual Medley
Ben Smith 24th of 53 1:54.47 Roy Sung 34th 1:56.64 tony sipala 38th 1:57.63
Men's 50 Yard Freestyle
Scott Thiede 21st of 46 20.82 Chris Tamanini 39th 21.93
Men's 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
Villanova 8th of 10 1:23.67 Scott Thiede 1st Leg (Leadoff) 21.11 Kyle Grant 2nd Leg 20.90 Ted Sukramani 3rd Leg 20.92 Jason Moyer 4th Leg (Anchor) 20.74
Villanova 9th of 10 62