Dec. 2, 2011
PRINCETON, N.J.--Villanova opened competition on Friday at the three-day Big Al Open being hosted by Princeton at DeNunzio Pool and strong individual results in both the 500 and 50 yard freestyle races highlighted the team's Friday results. After the conclusion of events on Friday the Wildcats stand in fourth place out of eight teams with 68 points.
Junior Scott Thiede (Bethesda, Md.) had a terrific race in the finals of the 50 free and finished fourth overall with a time of 21.00, putting him a mere one-hundredth of a second away from matching his personal best in the event. Thiede was tied for eighth out of 45 entries in the preliminaries on Friday morning with a time of 21.33 and qualified for the "A" level final later in the day.
In the 500 free junior Russell Paulson (West Chester, Pa.) and senior Ted Sukramani (Williamsburg, Va.) each qualified for the "A" level final. Paulson came in seventh in the finals with a time of 4:39.33 and Sukramani placed eighth, touching the wall in 4:41.03. They reversed positions from their times in the preliminaries on Friday morning, during which both moved on to the finals from an original field of 39 competitors.
Sukramani and Thiede bookended the top entry for Villanova in the 200 yard freestyle relay, in which the Wildcats placed sixth out of 13 teams with a time of 1:25.30. Sukramani swam the leadoff leg with a split of 21.64 and was followed by freshman Jason Moyer (Center Valley, Pa.) and sophomore Kyle Grant (Winnetka, Ill.) ahead of Thiede in the anchor spot. Moyer swam the fastest leg of the relay with a split of 21.06.
Later on Friday evening both Grant and Thiede were a part of the top lineup for Villanova in the 400 medley relay. Grant swam the leadoff leg and Thiede once again occupied the anchor spot as the Wildcats finished ninth out of 16 entries with a time of 3:31.48. Grant was followed by freshman Roy Sung (Wayland, R.I.) and sophomore Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) ahead of Thiede.
Among the other individual results for Villanova on Friday evening, Smith placed 16th in the "B" final of the 500 free (4:48.34) and junior Jordan Bickhart (Wyomissing, Pa.) finished 18th in the "C" final (4:46.62).
Sung qualified for the "C" final in the 200 individual medley and finished 23rd overall (2:00.41). In the 50 free, Moyer came in 14th in the "B" final (21.59) and Grant finished 24th in the "C" final (22.07).
The trio of seniors J. Paul Suydam (New Brunswick, N.J.) and Charlie Cornelius (Armonk, N.Y.), and freshman Robert Patton all competed on the one-meter diving board. In the preliminaries of that event Suydam finished in 20th place, while Cornelius and Patton were 21st and 22nd, respectively.
The schedule on Saturday at DeNunzio Pool will be the same as Friday, with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and the finals starting at 6 p.m. Events to be contested on Saturday include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 800 free relay and 3 meter diving.
NOTES: In the individual swimming events the top 24 competitors in the preliminaries advance to the finals and are grouped into eight entries each in an "A", "B" or "C" level final.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Villanova 4th of 8 68 Points
200 Yard Freestyle Relay
Villanova `A' 6th of 13 1:25.30 Ted Sukramani 21.64 Jason Moyer 21.06 Kyle Grant 21.22 Scott Thiede 21.38
500 Yard Freestyle
Ted Sukramani 7th of 39 4:38.29 Russell Paulson 8th 4:38.99 Ben Smith 14th 4:45.21 Jordan Bickhart 19th 4:46.89 Marc Maurizi 38th 5:03.84
Russell Paulson 7th of 8 4:39.33 Ted Sukramani 8th 4:41.03
Ben Smith 16th 4:48.34
Jordan Bickhart 18th 4:46.62
200 Yard Individual Medley
Roy Sung 25th of 47 1:59.85 tony sipala 44th 2:05.48
Roy Sung 23rd 2:00.41
50 Yard Freestyle
Scott Thiede tie-8th of 45 21.33 Jason Moyer 11th 21.41 Kyle Grant 23rd 21.75 Chris Tamanini 34th 22.45
Scott Thiede 4th of 8 21.00
Jason Moyer 14th 21.59
Kyle Grant 24th 22.07
400 Yard Medley Relay
Villanova `A' 9th of 16 3:31.48 Kyle Grant 53.08 Roy Sung 1:01.54 Ben Smith 50.85 Scott Thiede 46.01
1 Meter Diving
J. Paul Suydam 20th of 22 177.65 Charlie Cornelius 21st 157.60 Robert Patton 22nd 118.20