Penn Men, Villanova Women Victorious in Friday Dual

Penn at Villanova

  • Men: Penn def. Villanova 171-120
  • Women: Villanova def. Penn 177-123
  • Results
  • Villanova, Pa.
  • Nov. 9, 2018

Courtesy: Villanova Athletics

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams ended another competition in a split where the women topped Penn, 177-123 and the men fell 171-120. The women captured their third straight victory and the men are still on the hunt for their first.

The women continued their impressive run this season capturing 11 first-place finishes on the evening. They earned three, 1,2,3 sweeps in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyles. In the 50 free, Taylor Wilson clocked in first at 23.83, Alexa Fabbri came in next at 24.11 and Abby Berloco took third with a time of 24.28. In the 100-yard freestly, Wilson led the pack again with a 51.53 finish, Milly Routledge placed second, touching the wall at 52.09 and Berloco clocked in again at third. To finish up the evening sweeps, Routledge, Fabbri and Kathleen Miszkiewicz captured the top three places in the 200-yard freestyle.

Other top finishes for the lady Wildcats included Darby Goodwin in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, Rayann Jaryszak in the 100-breast, Elise Pidutti in the 200-yard fly, Nicole Welch in the 500-yard free and Kelly Montesi in the 400-IM. Goodwin finished with a time of 56.41 in the 100-back and a time of 2:01.07 in the 200 back. Jaryszak clocked in at 1:06.19 in the 100-breast, Pidutti finished the fly in 2:04.70, and Welch and Montesi swam in at 5:03.71 and 4:25.43. Montesti, last week’s BIG EAST Athlete of the Week, also swam to a second and third place finish in the 100 and 200-butterfly.

The Villanova women also took home a first and second place finish in the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:30.91 and 3:33.85.

On the boards, Bridie Dunn secured first place in both the one and three-meter dives. She scored a 277.80 in the 1-meter and scored a 248.70 in the 3-meter. Shannon Daine and Emily Keaveny came in fifth and sixth in both the one-meter and three-meter dives.

On the men’s side, Justin Cucchi swam to a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and 400-yard freestyle relay and a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. He clocked a time of 51.44 in the 100-back and a time of 1:51.45 in the 200 and he also finished third in the 100-fly. In the 400-freestyle relay Cucchi was joined by Stephen Krecsmar, Nick Spina and Andrew Kelley and they finished with a top time of 3:09.16. Clocking in behind them at 3:18.54 was John Davidson, Sam Fanatico, Luke Sabal and JJ Strain in second.

Krecsmar, Jackson Kabas, and freshman Jesse March also swam to first-place finishes for the men. Krecsmar swam to two top finishes on the evening, one in the 500-yard free and one in the 100-fly. He clocked in at 20.81 in the 500-free and at 50.83 in the 100-fly. Kabas took home the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:16.75. Calum Lehman and Alex Klippel swam in behind him at second and third.

Marsh earned his top finish of the evening in the 200-fly with a time of 1:55.85 and also finished second behind Krecsmar in the 100-fly.

Coming in off the boards for the men, was Michael Perra, Joe Swindal and Michael Ackert. Perra scored a 294.82 on the 1-meter dive and secured first place, in the 3-meter he placed fourth. Ackert and Swindal placed fifth and sixth in the 1-meter and sixth and seventh in the 3-meter.

The men and women will conclude the fall schedule with their next meet at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I. on Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2.

Courtesy: Penn Athletics

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs split a dual meet with Villanova this afternoon. The men picked up a 171-120 team victory while the women fell 177-123.

Penn Women
The Quakers started strong against Villanova. A team of Hannah Kannan, Rachel Maizes, Monika Burzynska, and Emily Layne won the 200-medley relay posting a time of 1:45.68. Burzynska went on to pick up a solo win later in the 100 fly (56.32). Kannan placed second in the 100 back (57.35) and Maizes took third place in the 100 breast (1:08.14).

Serena Xue picked up a victory in the 200 breast at 2:21.72 — improving on her season best. Xue later placed second in the 100 breast (1:06.31) and was just 0.12 seconds behind Nova’s Rayann Jaryszak. Captain Nancy Hu picked up another win for Penn in the 200 fly, clocking in at 2:04.61.

Catherine Buroker captured her second first-place finish this season in the 1,000 free (10:14.83).The freshman improved on her previous season-best of 10:17.46. Tara Larusso took a second-place finish in the 200 back (2:02.87) later in the meet.

The Penn divers took second, third, and fourth in the 1-meter dive and the 3-meter dive. Madison Perry took second place in the 3-meter (238.43), with Juliette Pozzuoli (232.12) coming in second and Caroline Dobbs (194.10) finished behind in third. Pozzuoli (231.44), Perry (222.15), and Dobbs (189.97) took second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the 1-meter.

Penn closed out the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:37.53).

Penn Men
The Penn men came to swim today, winning 11 of the meet’s 16 events. The Quakers opened as a team of Mark Blinstrub, Boris Yang, John McCaghren, and Nathaniel Cunnan won the 200-medley relay (1:31.99).

The Red and Blue followed that event with its swimmers taking the top three spots in the 1,000 free. Matthew Haigh finished first (9:43.10) with Will Thomas coming in second (9:49.37), and Billy Fallon finishing in third (9:52.02).

Penn followed up with another 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free: Luke Snyder won the event (1:42.68) with Jacob Furlong on his tail in second (1:42.75) and Austin Ryan finishing third (1:46.60). Colin McHugh (58.21) and Yang (58.30) took the top two spots in the 100 breast; Will Kamps (1:53.85) and McCaghren (1:54.81) made a 1-2 finish for Penn in the next event.

Blinstrub picked up a pair of victories in the 100 (49.28) and 200 back (1:49.96) – the second meet this season where he won both events.

The Quakers occupied the top three spots in the 100 free. Nathaniel Cunnan (47.33) led the trio of Quakers, as Luke Snyder (47.63) and Noah Pereles (48.14) finished just behind.

Penn posted its fourth 1-2-3 finish of the meet as the Quakers dominated in the 3-meter dive. John-Michael Diveris posted the top score (318.00) as Andrew Bologna (313.34) and James Hopper (308.41) took second and third place. In the 1-meter, Hopper placed second (290.32) with Diveris (279.37) and Cameron Rhind (255.07) in third and fourth.

Colin McHugh improved on his season best time in the 200 breast to take first-place (2:07.37), while Kamps took second (2:11.70). Penn posted its ninth 1-2 finish of the afternoon in the 500 free with Matthew Haigh (4:44.42) and Jacob Furlong (4:46.18) in front.

What’s Next?
Penn’s men and women look ahead to some Ivy League competition as the Quakers travel to Ithaca, N.Y. for a tri-meet with Cornell and Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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