VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's and men's swimming and diving teams swept the weekly BIG EAST awards on Tuesday afternoon after the Wildcats' first weekend of competition. Freshman Gabby Daigneault (Montreal, Quebec/William H. Hall) was named the BIG EAST Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week while senior Jason Moyer (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) earned the Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week award. The news came via a BIG EAST press release.
The awards mark the first two for both Daigneault and Moyer in addition to the first two awards for Villanova this season.
The Villanova women's and men's teams each faced La Salle, Connecticut and West Virginia in the team's Homecoming Triple Header to open the season. The women earned victories over the Explorers, 183-113, and the Mountaineers, 146-116.
Daigneault swam in a total of 12 races over the three-meet weekend with seven first-place victories, three second-place finishes and one third-place finish. The one other race counted as an exhibition since the Wildcats had already secured the win over La Salle.
The freshman won all three 200 backstroke races with a time of 2:04.54 against La Salle, 2:03.16 versus Connecticut and 2:03.04 in the finish against West Virginia. Daigneault finished with wins in two 100 backstroke events (57.70 vs. La Salle and 57.18 vs. West Virginia).
She also won the 400 IM race on Sunday against West Virginia when she clocked a time of 4:31.44. In terms of relays, she swam the first leg of the 400 medley relay victory over La Salle on Thursday.
While the men went 0-3 to start the season, Moyer finished with three first-place wins, came in second place six times and finished with two third-place marks in his 12 total appearances.
Moyer won the 50 and 200 freestyle races against La Salle with times of 21.54 and 1:43.73, respectively. He also swam the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay (21.85) in the men's win over Connecticut.
Individually, Moyer also earned second place in the 50 backstroke (24.13) and 50 butterfly (24.43) versus West Virginia as well as earning a second-place tie in the 50 freestyle (21.71) against UConn.
Last year, the senior was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team in the 200 freestyle, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.
Both the women and men are back in action this Fri., Oct. 31 at Penn State. Action begins at 3 p.m. from State College, Pa. on Penn State's campus.