Feb. 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Three different athletes scored team points for Villanova and the team finished in ninth place overall as the BIG EAST Championships concluded at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. In addition to the individual results the Wildcats also posted their best relay finish of the week with a seventh place showing in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Villanova scored 129 points in the four-day meet, which was won by Notre Dame on the men's side.
The final event of the meet was the 400 free relay and the Wildcats turned in a time of 3:03.54 with a lineup that included junior Scott Thiede (Bethesda, Md.) leading off, followed by senior Ted Sukramani (Williamsburg, Va.), freshman Jason Moyer (Center Valley, Pa.) and sophomore Kyle Grant (Winnetka, Ill.). Sukramani had the team's fastest split in the relay with a time of 45.71 on the second leg.
In the individual events the trio of junior Braden Clarke (Chappaqua, N.Y.), sophomore Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Russell Paulson (West Chester, Pa.) each scored points towards the Villanova team score. Clarke and Smith qualified for the consolation finals of the 200 yard backstroke and the 200 butterfly, respectively, while Paulson swam in the 1650 freestyle.
Clarke stood in 14th place following the preliminaries of the 200 back in the morning session and held his spot during the finals. He touched the wall in 1:50.65 in his preliminary swim and then recorded a time of 1:51.17 in the consolation final.
In the 200 fly Smith had the 13th fastest time in the preliminaries, when he finished in 1:51.41. He nearly matched the same time in the same finals and touched the wall in 1:51.84, which put him in 15th place overall.
Paulson and junior Jordan Bickhart (Wyomissing, Pa.) swam the 1650 free at the start of the evening session. Paulson came in 16th out of 28 competitors in the event and claimed the final team point with a time of 16:08.11. Bickhart was just behind him in 17th place with a time of 16:10.96.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Saturday at BIG EAST Championships
Trees Pool (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Men's 200 Yard Backstroke
Braden Clarke 14th of 42 1:50.65 Jovany Avendano 19th 1:51.63 Kyle Grant 23rd 1:53.12 Jordan Bickhart 29th 1:57.60
Braden Clarke 14th 1:51.17
Men's 100 Yard Freestyle
Scott Thiede 24th of 52 45.83 Jason Moyer 30th 46.90 Chris Tamanini tie-41st 48.60
Men's 200 Yard Breaststroke
Ted Sukramani 20th of 39 2:05.17 tony sipala 28th 2:10.66 Roy Sung 30th 2:11.71
Men's 200 Yard Butterfly
Ben Smith 13th of 33 1:51.41 Marc Maurizi 28th 2:03.97
Ben Smith 15th 1:51.84
Men's 1650 Yard Freestyle
Russell Paulson 16th of 28 16:08.11 Jordan Bickhart 17th 16:10.96
Men's 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
Villanova 7th of 10 3:03.54 Scott Thiede 1st Leg (Leadoff) 45.76 Ted Sukramani 2nd Leg 45.71 Jason Moyer 3rd Leg 46.13 Kyle Grant 4th Leg (Anchor) 45.94
Villanova 9th of 10 129