Courtesy of Gerry Dunn
The 2018 Big East Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off Wednesday night at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The first day was a short day with only Woman’s diving prelims in the afternoon. The evening started with the 800-yard freestyle relay and ended with the 200 yard Medley Relay.
For the women, Villanova won the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:11.36 setting a new Spire Institute pool record. Seton Hall and Georgetown tied for second with a time of 7:25.24. In the 200-yard medley race, Villanova once again topped the podium with a 1:40.05, followed by Xavier and Georgetown.
On the men’s side, Seton Hall won the 800 free relay in 6:32.39. Georgetown finished second in 6:35.30 and Villanova third with a time of 6:36.33 In the 200 medley relay, Villanova topped the podium in 1:28.53, with Xavier taking second, and Seton Hall third.
In the Women’s three-meter springboard event freshman, Taylor Jackson from Seton Hall is the Big East Champion with a score of 546.00. She led after the preliminaries and again in the finals. Georgetown though – dominated the team scoring taking second, third, fourth and seventh places. Villanova placed fifth and Providence sixth.
On Thursday, the Championships will go all day with Men’s one-meter preliminaries starting at 10 am. Swimming prelims follow in the afternoon – with finals starting at 6 pm.
Standings after day 1:
- Georgetown 125
- Villanova 105
- Seton Hall 83
- Providence 67
- Xavier 64
- Butler 54
- Villanova 72
- Seton Hall 72
- Georgetown 64
- Xavier 64
- Providence 56
Gerry Dunn is a “Diving Dad” and resides in Washington, D.C. Gerry continues to dive competitively and is Chairman at US Masters Diving. Want to share your thoughts? E-mail him at [email protected]