Daigneault wins three as Villanova tops Richmond

Gabrielle Daigneault topped three individual events and scored a relay win to help Villanova down Richmond 147-110 on Friday.

Daigneault and Villanova opened the day with a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.37. Daigneault, Heather Farley, Fiona Hardie, and Katrin Heider combined for the win, with Heider’s 23.79 anchor leg making the difference. Richmond’s A relay touched in 1:48.51.

After the relay, Daigneault would win the 100 backstroke, by over a half second, in 57.36. Maggie Pope was second for Richmond with a 58.08, and was only a hundredth behind at the 50, but faded over the second half of the race to take second.

The 200 backstroke was a similar story, with Daigneault again taking down Pope. Daigneault jumped out to a lead early, and never let off the gas, taking the win with a 2:03.99. Pope was a distant second with a 2:07.07.

The Wildcat trio of Caitlin Daday, Emily Mayo, and Erin Merkle kept Villanova rolling with a sweep in the 1000. Daday led the way with a 10:14.25. Mayo followed with a 10:16.33, and Merkle took third with a 10:40.61.

Daday and Mayo also took the top two spots in the 500. Daday was the only swimmer under five minutes with a 4:58.14. Mayo was second in 5:02.02.

Villanova scored another sweep in the 200 freestyle, led by Heider in 1:53.13. Sara Jurek was not far behind with a 1:53.26, and Jessie Randolph completed the sweep with a 1:54.29.

Richmond had a bright spot and a sweep of their own in the 100 breaststroke. Annie Lane led the way for the Spiders with a 1:07.14. Erin Barry (1:08.16) and Erin Dunstan (1:09.33) then took second and third, respectively.

Barry and Dunstan returned to take the top two spots in the 200 breaststroke. Barry finished first in 2:18.90, and Dunstan took second in 2:25.58. Olivia Cacciatore took third in 2:29.64.

Villanova rounded out the day with a win in the 200 freestyle relay from Kaisla Kollanus, Randolph, Mary Snyder, Jurek in 1:37.84. Randolph had the fastest split with a 24.07.

Full results are available here


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