by Ryan Peloquin

The men’s and women’s swimming & diving squad had a strong showing this weekend at Rutgers University.  The women swept their tri-meet, while the men notched two wins.

The men took down Big East foes Georgetown (181.5-174.5) and Seton Hall (106.5-59.5) during the weekend meet, thanks in part to dominant performances from senior Scott Thiede and junior Ben Smith.

Thiede finished first in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle with times of 21.44, 47.78, and 1:45.18 seconds, respectively.

Smith proved unstoppable in the butterfly events, finishing first in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly, with 52.12 and 1:55.93, respectively.

Villanova also posted wins in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays.  The 200-yard relay victory in 1:26.83 was courtesy of Thiede, senior Braden Clarke, junior Kyle Grant, and sophomore Jason Moyer.  Thiede, Grant, Moyer and sophomore Chris Tamanini took down the 400-yard freestyle in 3:10.12 for the team.

The men placed second in the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard medley relay.

The women were even more impressive on the weekend, posting a sweep of their meet.  The women took down Georgetown (264-88), Seton Hall (122-44) and Rutgers (179-173).

Freshman Kaisla Kollanus finished first in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle.  Seniors Roxy Tammadge and Erin Malone were dominant in their events as well.

Tammadge won the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle, while Malone took first in the 200 individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke.

The relay events were just as successful for the women.  Villanova placed first in the 400-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

The ’Cats took second place in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Kollanus, junior Mikah Schlesinger, senior Laura McGlaughlin, senior Hayley Edwards, sophomore Sara Jurek and senior Natalie Elphick made up the winning relay teams.

The swimming teams will take a few weeks off from competition in preparation for the Big East Championships. The Championships start on Feb. 27 and will conclude on March 2.  The event will take place in Indianapolis.


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