Dec. 3, 2012
AUSTIN, Tx. - Villanova was represented by seven women swimmers this past weekend at the 2012 AT&T Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas. Hayley Edwards, Roxy Tammadge, Laura McGlaughlin, Erin Malone, Katrin Heider, Kaisla Kollanus and Fiona Hardie had the opportunity to compete against some of the country's most elite swimmers that traveled to the meet held at the University of Texas. The Wildcats had outstanding performances throughout the weekend-long meet and were highlighted by a sixth-place 800 yard freestyle relay squad.
The Wildcats' relay teams performed strong through all three days of competition. The 800 yard freestyle relay team featuring Hayley Edwards (Pilesgrove, N.J.), Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa), Katrin Heider (Bergisch, Germany) and Kaisla Kollanus (Hyvinkaa, Finland) earned a sixth-place finish at 7:19.22. Edwards, Kollanus, Heider along with Fiona Hardie (Hampshire, England) notched 10th place in the 400 yard freestyle relay, touching the wall at 3:25.80. Villanova also swam to an 11th-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:34.66), a 13th-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:45.05) and a 15th-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:47.04).
Individually, Villanova was highlighted by three seniors who bypassed the preliminaries and earned spots in the final heats of five events. Hayley Edwards had a stellar weekend as she notched points for the Wildcats in three different events. Edwards finished 12th in both the 500 yard freestyle relay (4:47.41) and the 1650 yard freestyle relay (16:30.51). She also registered a time of 2:12.38 in the 200 yard butterfly for a 15th-place finish.
Roxy Tammadge swam alongside Edwards in the 500 yard freestyle and 1650 yard freestyle and finished 20th (4:49.30) and 15th (16:34.60), respectively. Erin Malone (Sydney, Australia) recorded 17th place in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:01.27) and 11th place in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:12.38).
Villanova finished 10th out of 13 colleges and universities and placed 26th overall out of 35 competing clubs and schools,