Feb. 4, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Providence swept the BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday thanks to strong performances in a head-to-head meet over the weekend against Boston College. Junior John Fatigati claimed the men’s honor, while senior Jull Mullany earned the women’s citation.
BIG EAST Men’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week
JOHN FATIGATI, PROVIDENCE Jr., Mahwah, N.J.
Fatigati was the Friars’ leading scorer and won all three individual races in which he competed in Saturday’s meet with Boston College. The junior ended the day with two individual records and another as part of a relay. He broke the Friar record in the 100-meter back with a winning time of 59.37 and claimed the school’s 400-meter IM mark in a victorious 4:38.31. He also took gold in the 200-meter back (2:10.01). Fatigati wrapped up his meet by competing as part of Providence’s 200-meter medley relay foursome that set a program record of 1:49.79.
BIG EAST Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week
JILL MULLANY, PROVIDENCE Sr., Monroe, Conn.
Mullany took two individual race wins for Providence on Saturday against Boston College, winning the 100-meter free in 58.56 and the 200-meter free in 2:09.23, with the former time putting her into the BIG EAST’s top 10. Mullany was also part of the team’s 200-meter medley relay that set a school record in 2:03.17, besting a mark that had stood since 1997 (2:04.22).
BIG EAST Notebook
• Seton Hall’s Kerrie Kolackovsky won the 1,650-yard free at the Navy Invitational on Saturday in 17:21.89, the sixth-fastest time in the conference this season. She also ranks in the top 10 in the BIG EAST in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. Kolackovsky added a second-place showing in the 50 free at Navy in 24.41.
• Sophomore Amanda Wagner led Butler with two first-place finishes in a 148-65 win at Western Illinois on Saturday. She won the 50-yard free in 26.75 and the 100 breast in 1:10.35.
• Villanova dropped a dual meet at Pittsburgh on Friday to wrap up its regular-season slate. Emily Mayo was the runner-up in both the women’s 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles.
• The Xavier men, who finished up their regular season last weekend versus Wright State, have done well in the freestyle races this season. Musketeers own the top spot in the 50, 100, 200 and 1,650 events.
• Just three teams have regular-season meets scheduled before the BIG EAST Diving Championships beginning Feb. 14. This weekend the Xavier women host Ohio on Friday, while Georgetown and Providence converge on Rutgers for a tri-meet on Saturday.
• Villanova’s swim complex at the Jake Nevin Field House will host the BIG EAST Diving Championships on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15. Attention shifts to Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, N.J., for the BIG EAST Swimming Championships from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22.