Villanova Women, Georgetown Men Win 2022 Big East Championships


Women’s Final Standings

  1. Villanova University             1498  
  2. University of Connecticut      1422.5
  3. Xavier University                1116 
  4. Georgetown University            1104
  5. Seton Hall University             894
  6. Butler University               459.5
  7. Providence College                437 

Men’s Final Standings

  1. Georgetown University             794  
  2. Xavier University               784.5
  3. Villanova University              606  
  4. Seton Hall University           518.5
  5. Providence College                341                                          

The Villanova women were able to defend their title winning their ninth title in a row. It was a close battle between Villanova and UConn for most of the meet, but the Villanova women extended their lead from 48 to 75.5 points on the final day.

The Georgetown men passed Xavier on the final day to win the title. The Georgetown men trailed Xavier by 9.5 after day 3, but were able to pull ahead and win by 9.5 points.

Villanova senior Nicole Welch kicked off the night winning the 1650 freestyle in a time of 16:42.08. Welch was second in the event last year swimming a time of 16:53.38. Last year’s winner Niamh Hofland was third in a time of 16:53.74. Seton Hall freshman Sean Vizzard won the men’s side swimming a time of 15:08.48 also earning him an NCAA B cut. The second (Jake McIntyre), third (Andrew Martin), and fourth (Michael Wheeler) place finishers also earned the NCAA B cuts as well.

Villanova’s Kelly Montesi won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:53.25. That time earned her a Big East record as well as an NCAA B cut. It currently places her at #22 in the NCAA this season. Andrew Carbone of Georgetown won the men’s 200 backstroke touching in a 1:43.06. That time also earned him an NCAA B cut.

Milly Routledge of Villanova defended her title in the 100 freestyle winning in a time of 50.00. Georgetown’s Michael Baldini won the men’s side in a time of 44.68.

Angela Gambardella of UConn defended her title in the 200 breaststorke winning in a time of 2:14.36. She was followed closely behind by teammate Katelyn Walsh who touched in 2:14.40. Georgetown’s Carlson Temple won the men’s race touching in a time of 1:58.97.

Elizabeth Bailey of Villanova won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:00.28. Nolan Danus of Villanova won the men’s side in a time of 1:47.46.

Georgetown freshman Charlie Reichle helped expand the team’s lead by winning the 3 meter diving in a score of 582.05.

The Villanova women sealed their win finishing the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay as they touched the wall in a time of 3:20.68.

On the men’s side, Xavier made one last push for the title winning the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 2:58.01. Georgetown finished second in a time of 2:59.12.

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1 year ago

It will be great to see Montesi getting the Big East back to Nationals this year.

1 year ago

Who was the last swimmer from the Big East to swim at NCAAs? Does anyone know?

Reply to  Curious
1 year ago

Ok curious u bum

Reply to  Curious
1 year ago

I know Maddy Crippen won an ncaa title for Nova

Reply to  Curious
1 year ago

Plus Louisville and West Virginia were in big east not long ago

Reply to  Curious
1 year ago

When Norte Dame, Louisville, Rutgers, and West Virginia were still in the conference, there were multiple qualifiers every year on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Reply to  Curious
1 year ago

Haley Edwards and Erin Malone qualified for Villanova in 2013.

Reply to  Dmswim
1 year ago

Shouts out Hayley Edwards kicking my ass in the lap lane while pregnant.

Reply to  Curious
1 year ago

It’ll be this year. Kelly Montesi will almost definitely qualify

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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