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Tammadge Wins 1650 Freestyle, Wildcats Finish Fifth as a Team at Big Al Open
Hayley Edwards came in third in the 1650 free on Sunday during the last day of competition in the Big Al Open at Princeton.

Dec. 4, 2011


Sunday - Preliminaries
Sunday - Finals
Final Team Scores
Complete Weekend Results

PRINCETON, N.J.--Four of the top seven finishers in the 1650 yard freestyle represented Villanova - including winner Roxy Tammadge (Durban, South Africa) - and the Wildcats finished three days of competition at DeNunzio Pool with a fifth place team finish in the Big Al Open hosted by Princeton this weekend.

Tammadge won her second race of the weekend and seventh of the season with a time of 16:33.20 in the 1650 free. In a field of 24 competitors she beat the runner-up from the host Tigers by more than seven seconds in the first race held during Sunday's evening session which concluded the meet. All four of the finishers in the top seven for Villanova were third-year swimmers and Tammadge was followed by classmates Hayley Edwards (Pilesgrove) in third place (16:45.21), Leigh Anne Patterson (Cherry Hill, N.J.) in fifth place and Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) in seventh place (16:56.71).

Patterson later came in 16th in the 200 butterfly (2:10.32) and anchored the Wildcats "B" entry in the 400 free relay, where she registered a split of 54.28.

As a team the Wildcats finished the meet with 460 team points. Princeton won the title with 1038.5 points and was followed by Brown (603.5), Rutgers (492) and James Madison (471) ahead of Villanova in fifth place.



Senior Yolana Du Plessis (Boksburg, South Africa) finished seventh in the 200 backstroke and 14th in the 200 breaststroke in competition on Sunday evening. She registered a time of 2:05.90 in the 200 back and touched the wall 2:23.76 in the 200 breast. In each event Du Plessis moved up one spot in the finals from her standing following the preliminaries on Sunday morning. Junior Laura McGlaughlin (West Chester, Pa.) came in 11th in the 200 breast (2:20.53).

Du Plessis was one of three Wildcats to advance to the finals of the 200 back, as senior Lindsey Hagens (Westboro, Mass.) came in 11th (2:07.07) and sophomore Mikah Schlesinger (Herzliya, Israel) placed 18th (2:07.46).

Villanova advanced two swimmers each to the "B" and "C" level finals of the 100 free. Freshman Katrin Heider (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) and junior Natalie Elphick (Durban, South Africa) finished ninth (51.84) and 10th (51.94), respectively. Freshman Sara Jurek (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed 18th (52.79) and classmate Sarah Aemisegger (Oreland, Pa.) finished 19th (52.80).

Those four swimmers also formed the Wildcats lineup for the 400 free relay, in which Villanova came in third with a time of 3:27.69. Heider anchored the relay with the fastest split for the Wildcats, with a mark of 51.41.

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 10                460 Points

1650 Yard Freestyle

Roxy Tammadge                    1st of 24                16:33.20
Hayley Edwards                   3rd                      16:45.21
Leigh Anne Patterson             5th                      16:54.51
Summer Cook                      7th                      16:56.71

200 Yard Backstroke


Yolana Du Plessis                8th of 30                2:05.69
Lindsey Hagens                   14th                     2:07.09
Mikah Schlesinger                21st                     2:09.11
Summer Cook                      27th                     2:12.33


Yolana Du Plessis                7th of 8                 2:05.90


Lindsey Hagens                   11th                     2:07.07


Mikah Schlesinger                18th                     2:07.46

100 Yard Freestyle


Katrin Heider                    9th of 36                52.35
Natalie Elphick                  14th                     53.01
Sara Jurek                       17th                     53.17
Sarah Aemisegger                 19th                     53.45
Kayra Zsiga                      29th                     54.52
Roxy Tammadge                    tie-30th                 54.90
Clara Bracy                      tie-30th                 54.90


Katrin Heider                    9th                      51.84
Natalie Elphick                  10th                     51.94


Sara Jurek                       18th                     52.79
Sarah Aemisegger                 19th                     52.80

200 Yard Breaststroke


Laura McGlaughlin                10th of 31               2:21.19
Yolana Du Plessis                15th                     2:24.33


Laura McGlaughlin                11th                     2:20.53
Yolana Du Plessis                14th                     2:23.76

200 Yard Butterfly


Leigh Anne Patterson             12th of 35               2:06.64
Kate Koch                        tie-26th                 2:11.83
Claire Aksamit                   32nd                     2:16.29


Leigh Anne Patterson             16th                     2:10.32


Kate Koch                        22nd                     2:09.65

400 Yard Freestyle Relay

Villanova `A'                    3rd of 18                3:27.69
Natalie Elphick                                           52.01
Sarah Aemisegger                                          52.25
Sara Jurek                                                52.02
Katrin Heider                                             51.41

Villanova `B' 13th 3:36.95 Lindsey Hagens 54.55 Kayra Zsiga 53.72 Clara Bracy 54.40 Leigh Anne Patterson 54.28