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Wildcats Finish Second in 800 Freestyle Relay on Second Day of Competition at Big Al Open
Freshman Katrin Heider finished fourth in the 200 free and led off the second-place 800 free relay for Villanova on Saturday evening.

Dec. 4, 2011

Saturday's Preliminary Results
Saturday's Final Results

PRINCETON, N.J.--In the final event contested on Saturday night Villanova raced to a second place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay and the Wildcats stand in fifth place out of nine teams entering the final day of competition in the Big Al Open at DeNunzio Pool, a three-day meet being hosted by Princeton this weekend.

In the 800 free relay the lineup of freshman Katrin Heider (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany), juniors Natalie Elphick (Durban, South Africa) and Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa) and freshman Sara Jurek (Gilbert, Ariz.) registered a time of 7:30.70 and finished less than 1.5 seconds off the winning time set by a Princeton quartet. Heider led off the relay with the fastest split for Villanova with a time of 1:51.59.

Heider swam the 200 free three times on Saturday and had a range of less than half a second in the times she registered. She placed fourth in the "A" final of the individual 200 free with a time of 1:51.48 in the finals after earlier placing second in the preliminaries, when she touched the wall in 1:51.14. Elphick and Tammadge reached the "B" final of the 200 free and placed 10th (1:53.03) and 14th (1:54.34), respectively. Meanwhile, Jurek (19th, 1:54.21) and junior Hayley Edwards (Pilesgrove, N.J.) advanced to the "C" final. Edwards came in 23rd with a time of 1:57.04 in the finals.

Both Edwards and junior Leigh Anne Patterson (Cherry Hill, N.J.) qualified for the "A" final in the 400 individual medley. Edwards came in third (4:27.95) and Patterson fifth (4:28.98) and they each moved up from their standing following the preliminaries. Edwards stood in fourth place and Patterson in eighth after their first swims on Saturday morning.



Senior Yolana Du Plessis (Boksburg, South Africa) came in sixth in the "A" final of the 100 backstroke. She recorded times of 57.13 in the finals and 56.81 in the preliminaries, when she placed fourth overall.

The Wildcats also recorded a fifth place finish in the 200 medley relay, in which the quartet of Du Plessis, junior Erin Malone (Sydney, Australia), Edwards and Heider had a time of 1:46.47. Malone was making her season debut for Villanova and also registered an 11th place individual finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.09 in the finals.

The one-meter diving competition was also held on Saturday and senior Amanda DiMarco (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored team points for the Wildcats with a 13th place finish and a score of 222.45 points. Sophomores Lauren Brown (Schnecksville, Pa.) and Michelle Hall (North Andover, Mass.) also competed and placed 29th and 35th, respectively.

The schedule on Sunday at DeNunzio Pool features preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 5 p.m. Events to be contested on Sunday are the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 400 free relay.

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.


Team Scores

Villanova                     5th of 9                    316 Points

200 Yard Medley Relay

Villanova `A'                 5th of 18                   1:46.47
Yolana Du Plessis                                         27.06
Erin Malone                                               29.11
Hayley Edwards                                            26.64
Katrin Heider                                             23.66

Villanova `B' 12th 1:49.22 Lindsey Hagens 28.41 Laura McGlaughlin 30.30 Clara Bracy 26.74 Sarah Aemisegger 23.77

400 Yard Individual Medley


Hayley Edwards                4th of 33                   4:28.48
Leigh Anne Patterson          8th                         4:31.63
Lindsey Hagens                11th                        4:32.49
Summer Cook                   15th                        4:34.41
Kate Koch                     29th                        4:44.23


Hayley Edwards                3rd of 8                    4:27.95
Leigh Anne Patterson          5th                         4:28.98


Lindsey Hagens                10th                        4:32.26
Summer Cook                   12th                        4:33.11

100 Yard Butterfly


Kate Koch                     27th of 41                  59.22
Clara Bracy                   28th                        59.44
Kayra Zsiga                   33rd                        1:00.00
Claire Aksamit                37th                        1:01.05

200 Yard Freestyle


Katrin Heider                 2nd of 45                   1:51.14
Natalie Elphick               12th                        1:53.82
Roxy Tammadge                 14th                        1:53.96
Sara Jurek                    17th                        1:54.09
Hayley Edwards                20th                        1:55.06
Sarah Aemisegger              31st                        1:57.94
Claire Aksamit                33rd                        1:58.64
Clara Bracy                   40th                        2:01.20
Mikah Schlesinger             41st                        2:01.33
Kayra Zsiga                   42nd                        2:02.25


Katrin Heider                 4th of 8                    1:51.48


Natalie Elphick               10th                        1:53.03
Roxy Tammadge                 14th                        1:54.34


Sara Jurek                    19th                        1:54.21
Hayley Edwards                23rd                        1:57.04

100 Yard Breaststroke


Erin Malone                   9th of 37                   1:05.18
Laura McGlaughlin             11th                        1:05.95
Yolana Du Plessis             17th                        1:06.60
Lindsey Hagens                30th                        1:10.09


Erin Malone                   11th                        1:05.09
Laura McGlaughlin             12th                        1:05.28

100 Yard Backstroke


Yolana Du Plessis             4th of 33                   56.81
Mikah Schlesinger             20th                        1:00.30


Yolana Du Plessis             6th of 8                    57.13


Mikah Schlesinger             22nd                        1:00.13

800 Yard Freestyle Relay

Villanova `A'                 2nd of 14                   7:30.70
Katrin Heider                                             1:51.59
Natalie Elphick                                           1:52.49
Roxy Tammadge                                             1:53.19
Sara Jurek                                                1:53.43

Villanova `B' 8th 7:46.97 Leigh Anne Patterson 1:57.26 Hayley Edwards 1:55.28 Sarah Aemisegger 1:57.46 Summer Cook 1:56.97

Villanova `C' 13th 7:52.37 Claire Aksamit 1:57.33 Lindsey Hagens 1:56.36 Clara Bracy 1:59.11 Kate Koch 1:59.57

1 Meter Diving


Amanda DiMarco                13th of 37                  222.45
Lauren Brown                  29th                        179.85
Michelle Hall                 35th                        139.00