NEW YORK, N.Y.— On Monday morning the BIG EAST Conference announced their Men’s &Women’s Swimming & Diving All-BIG EAST Teams per a press release. 22 Villanova Men’s and Women’s swimmer and divers found themselves on the list.
The ALL-BIG EAST squad is comprised of BIG EAST competitors who finished in the top three in any individual or relay event at the championships.
The 2018 BIG EAST Conference Championships proved to be historical for the Wildcats as the women claimed their fifth straight conference title and the men picked up second place. There were 16 new Villanova school records and the squad broke five SPIRE pool records.
Darby Goodwin earned her third straight Most Outstanding Swimmer award as Michael Perra picked up Most Outstanding Diver of the BIG EAST. Swimming head coach Rick Simpson and staff were tabbed for Men’s Swimming Coaching Staff of the Year and Co-Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year. Diving head coach Todd Michael was named Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
Alexa Fabbri, Goodwin, and Taylor Wilson received conference honors in seven events. Goodwin won seven events while teammate Fabbri also finished first in seven events. Wilson won five events at BIG EAST Championships.
The Villanova women’s 800 freestyle relay, 200 and 400 freestyle relay, and 200 & 400 medley relay team swept the events at the BIG EAST Championships. They broke school records in the 400 medley relay (3:39.17), 400 free relay (3:18.51), and the 800 free relay (7:11.36).
Fabbri tied the program record in the 50 freestyle as she clocked in at 22.63. She now shares the record with Kaisla Kollanus who set the record in 2016. She also broke a school record in 200 freestyle as she helped the 400 medley and freestyle relay squad to new program records. Overall, the junior took home seven first place finishes during the championships.
Goodwin has another strong showing the championships as she set the new program record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:59.20. She was also part of the 400 medley and freestyle relay squads that broke two school records.
On the men’ side Jake Hoin was the lone Wildcat to earn six all-conference honors. The senior won the 100 butterfly breaking the school record in a time of 47.80. Hoin also helped the 200 medley relay (1:28.53) and 200 freestyle relay (1:20.78) teams to first place finishes while breaking the school records in both.
Tyler Nussbaum had a strong final meet as he placed second in the 100 breaststroke (55.04) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.63). Nussbaum was also part of the 200 medley relay team who took first place by touching the wall in a time of 1:28.53.
Justin Cucchi and Andrew Kelley placed second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM. Cucchi also finished second in the 400 IM and third in the 200 backstroke. Kelley became a BIG EAST Champion in the 100 backstroke for the first time as he touched the wall first with a time of 48.56. The sophomore also placed fourth in the 200 back.
There were 81 total student-athletes that mad up this year’s All-BIG EAST Team. Villanova had 12 women and 10 men receive this honor. Both squads had the second-most student-athletes named to the list.
Samantha Cheruk - 400 free relay
Caitlin Daday - 500 free, 400 IM, 1650 free
Gabrielle Daigneault - 200 breast
Alexandra Fabbri - 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 50 free, 200 free relay, 200 free, 100 free, 400 free relay
Heather Farley - 200 medley relay, 100 breast, 400 medley relay
Darby Goodwin - 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 back, 400 medley relay, 200 back, 400 free relay
Mackenzie Niness - 100 fly, 400 medley relay, 200 fly
Elise Pidutti - 800 free relay, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly
Rayann Jaryszak - 200 IM
Millicent Routledge - 800 free relay, 200 free relay, 200 free
Christine Sullivan - 500 free, 400 IM, 200 fly
Taylor Wilson -800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 50 free, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay, 100 free, 400 free relay
Justin Cucchi - 800 free relay, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 back
John Davidson - 800 free relay, 500 free, 1650 free
John Hoin - 200 medley relay, 50 free, 200 free relay, 100 fly, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay
Andrew Kelley - 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 back, 400 medley relay
Stephen Krecsmar - 800 free relay, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay, 200 free relay
Tyler Nussbaum - 200 medley relay, 100 breast, 400 medley relay, 200 breast, 400 free relay
John Paul Naughton - 800 free relay, 1650 free
Christopher Paynter - 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Michael Perra - 3-meter-diving, 1-meter diving
Nicholas Spina - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
BIG EAST Awards:
Most Outstanding Women’s Swimmer: Darby Goodwin, Villanova
Most Outstanding Men’s Swimmer: Andrew Carbone, Georgetown
Most Outstanding Women’s Diver: Elizabeth Miller, Georgetown
Most Outstanding Men’s Diver: Michael Perra, Villanova
Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Rick Simpson, Villanova/Derek Sapp, Seton Hall
Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Rick Simpson, Villanova
Women’s Diving Coach of the Year: Michael Tober, Georgetown
Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Todd Michael, Villanova
Final Rankings from 2018 BIG EAST Championships:
- Villanova- 966.5
- Georgetown- 628.5
- Seton Hall- 588
- Xavier- 555
- Butler- 235
- Providence- 199
- Seton Hall- 777
- Villanova- 749.5
- Georgetown- 661.5
- Xavier- 638.5
- Providence- 213.5