Dec. 4, 2011
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.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
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