GENEVA, Ohio— Saturday night Villanova Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving took home five BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Conference Awards. The Wildcats won Men’s Swimming Coaching Staff of the Year, Women’s Swimming Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, Men’s Diving Coach of the Year, Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer, and Men’s Most Outstanding Diver.
Darby Goodwin earned Most Outstanding Swimmer in the BIG EAST for the third straight year. Goodwin won seven events at the meet. She captured gold in the 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, while also helping her relay team to victories in the 200 medley, 400 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. The junior also broke pool records in the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 200 backstroke.
Michael Perra was tabbed for Most Outstanding Diver by the BIG EAST for winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive. Perra was the first Wildcat to capture a BIG EAST title in the 1-meter as he tallied 537.30 points. In the 3-meter dive, he captured 625.30 points and he became the first Wildcat since 1987 to win the event.
Villanova Head Swimming Coach Rick Simpson along with his staff were awarded with Women’s Swimming Co-Coaching Staff of the Year and Men’s Swimming Coaching Staff of the Year. Along with Simpson, assistants Ed Pretre and Scott Sussain accepted the women’s award with Pretre and Casmera Wick accepted the men’s award alongside Simpson. Simpson coached the women to their fifth straight BIG EAST title while the men finished in second.
Todd Michael was named Men’s Diving Coach of the Year on Saturday night. Michael coached Perra to two BIG EAST Championships while Joe Swindal placed fourth in the 3-meter dive (477.55 points) and fifth in the 1-meter (407.40 points).