Villanova Women, Seton Hall Men Win 2017 Big East Titles

One race after another every one of these athletes gives their all. It is inspirational watching all of them – and to see the sportsmanship and camaraderie between teammates and between teams is just awe inspiring. During preliminaries you could see every kid digging a little deeper to do their best.


1650 Freestyle – Always impressive – this race is just under a mile. Emily Mayo of Villanova cruised to a gold medal with a time of 16:28.54. Teammate Caitlin Daday swam 16:47.00 and Jillian Calocino rounded out the top three with a time of 16:51.76.

200 Backstroke – Darby Goodwin of Villanova continued to impress with a time of 1:55.02 to take gold. Kathleen Duncalf of Georgetown (1:57.85) followed for second and Paxtyn Drew from Xavier (2:00.15) for bronze. Goodwin and Duncalf both made NCAA “B” cut.

100 Freestyle – Alex Fabbri once again showed her prowess in freestyle. She touched the wall in 49.70 for Gold. Teammate Taylor Wilson followed with a time of 50.19 for silver and Emily Conners of Xavier (50.40) for the bronze. Fabbri’s time in this event qualified her for NCAA “B”.

200 Breaststroke – Molly Fitzpatrick of Georgetown continued her strength in the breaststroke events with a gold medal. Her time of 2:11.16 beat Heather Farley of Villanova (2:14.50) to the wall for silver and fellow Wildcat Brooke Bruno (2:16.83) for bronze.

200 Butterfly – Villanova swept the top 2 places in the 200 Butterfly. Christine Sullivan touched first at 2:00.74 and Mackenzie Niness second at 2:02.04. Kelleigh Haley of Georgetown took third with a time of 2:04.56.

3m Springboard Diving – Preliminaries were exciting with Bridie Dunn, Meg Barnhorst and Elizabeth Miller battling for the lead. An incorrect dive for Bridie Dunn dropped her to fifth – and top three spots were owned by Georgetown. In the finals – Meg Barnhorst of Georgetown continued diving strong and took the gold in the finals with a score of 527.75. Elizabeth Miller of Georgetown was second (511.35) and Bridie Dunn of Villanova clawed her way back to third for the bronze (592.70) and a new Villanova Three Meter Record.

400 Freestyle Relay – Villanova continued its dominance of relays with a gold medal performance. The team of Wilson, Randolph, Goodwin and Fabbri won the event in 3:20.10 – making it a clean sweep of the relays for Villanova. Xavier took silver in 3:22.44 and Seton Hall took third in 3:25.34


1650 Freestyle – Vadim Jacobson from Seton Hall took the gold medal with a time of 15:36.71. He was followed to the wall by Alex Wolfred of Xavier (15:40.79) and P.J. Naughton of Villanova (15:49.91) took the bronze.

200 Backstroke – Andrew Kelly of Villanova sped to gold with a time of 1:46.56. Teammate Justin Cucchi followed for silver (1:46.88) and Henry Hollinshead of Georgetown (1:48:12) took Bronze. Andrew Kelly had a NCAA “B” qualifying time in prelims.

100 Freestyle – In one of the closest races of the evening – Dakota Williams of Seton Hall out-touched David Bunnell of Xavier (44.95) with a winning time of 44.86. Noah Yanchulis of Seton Hall took bronze with a time of 45.03

200 Breaststroke – Matthew Dyer of Xavier handily took gold with a time of 1:59.88. Josh Tosoni of Seton hall followed for silver with a time of 2:00.45 and Robert VanKirk of Xavier snuck into third with a time of 2:03.11.

200 Butterfly – Kyle Nash of Seton Hall took gold with a time of 148.70. Nash touched the wall at 1:39.22 in a closely contested race. Terry Johnson of Georgetown (1:39.45) took silver and Villanova freshman Jade Rice (1:49.79) earned bronze.

400 Freestyle Relay – The final event of the evening was the Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay. Seaton Hall won the race with a time of 2:58.14. Xavier took second with a time of 2:59.12 and Villanova took 3rd with a time of 3:01.50.

Todd Michaels of Villanova was the Big East Diving Coach of the Year.

Final Team Scores at the completion of Meet – The Big East Swimming and Diving Championships:


  1. Villanova 1,017
  2. Georgetown 685
  3. Seton Hall 518
  4. Xavier 498
  5. Providence 239
  6. Butler 189


  1. Seton Hall 872.5
  2. Georgetown 677.5
  3. Xavier 658.5
  4. Villanova 614.5
  5. Providence 196



Editor’s Note: Gerry Dunn is the father of Villanova diver Birdie Dunn.

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