Feb. 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Freshman Jovany Avendano (Paterson, N.J.) and junior Braden Clarke (Chappaqua, N.Y.) each scored team points in the finals of the 100 yard backstroke at the BIG EAST Championships at Trees Pool, as the third day of action concluded on Friday night. Villanova stands in ninth place in the team standings going into the final day of the competition.
The field of swimmers for the preliminaries of the 100 back on Friday morning included 35 competitors and from that group Avendano came in seventh with a time of 49.92, good enough to qualify for the championship final later in the evening. Clarke, meanwhile, was a qualifier for the consolation final after an 11th place showing (50.48) in the preliminary swim.
Avendano wound up with an eight place finish in the finals after producing a time of 50.34 in his second swim of the day. Clarke held his position and placed 11th overall after slightly lowering his time to 50.42 in the finals.
"It has been a very long time since a member of our men's team swam his way into a BIG EAST championship final," Wildcats head coach Rick Simpson said. "Jovany swam in the final heat during the preliminaries with the defending BIG EAST champion and he just ran with him. It was an amazing swim and we are quite proud of him."
Senior Ted Sukramani (Williamsburg, Va.) finished 15th in the 400 individual medley to add additional team points towards the Villanova score. Sukramani secured his spot in the consolation final on Friday morning with a 12th place finish (4:02.87) in the preliminaries. He followed up that result with a time of 4:04.49.
Also contested on Friday was the 400 yard medley relay in which the Wildcats came in ninth with a time of 3:25.08. Avendano led off the relay by swimming his third 100 yard backstroke of the day and he was followed by freshman Roy Sung (Wayland, R.I.), sophomore Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Scott Thiede (Holmdel, N.J.).
The final day of the BIG EAST Championships meet is Saturday, when preliminary races begin at 10 a.m. The finals take place starting at 6 p.m.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Friday at BIG EAST Championships
Trees Pool (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Men's 400 Yard Individual Medley
Ted Sukramani 12th of 29 4:02.87
Ted Sukramani 15th 4:04.49
Men's 100 Yard Butterfly
Ben Smith 18th of 45 50.73 Braden Clarke 19th 50.85 Kyle Grant 27th 51.76 Jason Moyer 33rd 52.16
Men's 200 Yard Freestyle
Russell Paulson 24th of 45 1:41.90 Scott Thiede 26th 1:42.00
Men's 100 Yard Breaststroke
Roy Sung 25th of 36 59.76 tony sipala 26th 59.83
Men's 100 Yard Backstroke
Jovany Avendano 7th of 35 49.92 Braden Clarke 11th 50.48 Jason Moyer 20th 51.63 Kyle Grant 21st 52.15 Chris Tamanini 25th 52.88
Jovany Avendano 8th 50.34 Braden Clarke 11th 50.42
Men's 400 Yard Medley Relay
Villanova 9th of 10 3:25.08 Jovany Avendano 1st Leg (Leadoff) Roy Sung 2nd Leg Ben Smith 3rd Leg Scott Thiede 4th Leg (Anchor)
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