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Three Wildcats Advance to Top Final on Second Day at Big Al Open
Braden Clarke finished seventh in the 100 backstroke on the second day of the Big Al Open at Princeton on Saturday.

Dec. 4, 2011

Saturday's Preliminary Results
Saturday's Final Results

PRINCETON, N.J.--On the second day of competition in the Big Al Open three Villanova athletes advanced to the "A" level final of their respective events at DeNunzio Pool on Saturday evening. With one day remaining in this weekend's meet the Wildcats are in fifth place out of nine teams competing.

Junior Braden Clarke (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and freshman Jason Moyer (Center Valley, Pa.) both advanced to the finals of the 100 yard backstroke, where Clarke finished seventh (52.53) and Moyer eighth (52.60). They both qualified for the "A" final from an original field of 37 swimmers, with Clarke coming in fifth in the preliminaries on Saturday morning. Sophomore Kyle Grant (Winnetka, Ill.) reached the "B" final of the 100 back and finished 12th with a time of 52.55 in the finals.

In the 200 freestyle junior Scott Thiede (Bethesda, Md.) swam a season-best time of 1:40.91 and finished fifth out of 51 entries in the preliminaries. He went on to post an eighth place finish in the "A" final (1:42.29). Classmate Russell Paulson (West Chester, Pa.) came in 13th in the "B" final of the 200 free with a time of 1:43.66 after earlier placing 11th in the preliminary heats.

Villanova had four swimmers advance to the finals in the 100 butterfly, with sophomores Ben Smith (Sudbury, Mass.) and Grant reaching the "B" final and placing 12th and 14th, respectively. Smith touched the wall in 51.65 in the finals and Grant had a time of 51.87. In the "C" final Clarke and Moyer finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively, with times of 52.60 and 52.68.



In the 400 individual medley senior Ted Sukramani (Williamsburg, Va.) and Smith both advanced to the "B" final. Sukramani finished 13th overall with a time of 4:08.08 in the finals, a mark that was more than four seconds faster than what he swam in the preliminaries earlier in the day. Smith came in 16th (4:20.97) in the finals. Freshmen Roy Sung (Wayland, R.I.) and tony sipala (South Glastonbury, Conn.) reached the "C" finals and came in 18th (4:15.23) and 21st (4:26.32), respectively.

Two relays were held during competition on Saturday, including the 200 yard medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. The Wildcats came in ninth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.98 and a lineup of Clarke, Sung, Smith and Moyer. In the 800 free relay the quartet of Smith, junior Jordan Bickhart (Wyomissing, Pa.), Sipala and freshman Chris Tamanini (Kingston Twp., Pa.) finished 11th (7:15.25).

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                 264 Points

200 Yard Medley Relay

Villanova `A'                     9th of 17                1:35.98
Braden Clarke                                              24.37
Roy Sung                                                   27.47
Ben Smith                                                  23.07
Jason Moyer                                                21.07

400 Yard Individual Medley


Ben Smith                         10th of 24               4:07.64
Ted Sukramani                     15th                     4:12.23
Roy Sung                          21st                     4:21.86
tony sipala                       24th                     4:26.29


Ted Sukramani                     13th                     4:08.08
Ben Smith                         16th                     4:20.97


Roy Sung                          18th                     4:15.23
tony sipala                       21st                     4:26.32

100 Yard Butterfly


Ben Smith                         12th of 48               51.28
Kyle Grant                        18th                     51.89
Braden Clarke                     19th                     51.94
Jason Moyer                       20th                     52.00
Marc Maurizi                      tie-39th                 54.58
Chris Tamanini                    45th                     55.52


Ben Smith                         12th                     51.65
Kyle Grant                        14th                     51.87


Braden Clarke                     22nd                     52.60
Jason Moyer                       23rd                     52.68

200 Yard Freestyle


Scott Thiede                      5th of 51                1:40.91
Russell Paulson                   11th                     1:43.87
Chris Tamanini                    47th                     1:51.78


Scott Thiede                      8th of 8                 1:42.29


Russell Paulson                   13th                     1:43.66

100 Yard Breaststroke


Scott Thiede                      14th of 32               59.89
Roy Sung                          27th                     1:01.97
tony sipala                       29th                     1:02.60

100 Yard Backstroke


Braden Clarke                     5th of 37                51.91
Jason Moyer                       8th                      52.26
Kyle Grant                        16th                     52.69


Braden Clarke                     7th of 8                 52.53
Jason Moyer                       8th                      52.60


Kyle Grant                        12th                     52.55

800 Yard Freestyle Relay

Villanova `A'                     11th of 13               7:15.25
Ben Smith	                                                  1:44.59
Jordan Bickhart                                            1:48.15
tony sipala                                                1:50.02
Chris Tamanini                                             1:52.49

3 Meter Diving


J. Paul Suydam                   20th of 21                176.20
Charlie Cornelius                21st                      175.65