BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Notebook Feb. 10

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 2010-11 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving season is winding down as teams prepare for the BIG EAST Championships in Louisville, Ky. The diving portion will take place Feb. 11-13 with the swimming portion slated for Feb. 16-19. Cincinnati - The women's team won a 179-100 decision over host Wright State Feb. 5, while the men fell 138-123. Junior Liz Hansson, sophomore Roberto Nevarez and junior Josefin Wede all were multiple event winners in the Bearcats' final tune up before the BIG EAST Championships get underway. Connecticut - The men's and women's teams concluded the dual meet portion of its schedule on Feb. 5 as both teams defeated Yale. The men won by a 157-143 score to finish at 7-1 in dual action and the women won 168-132 to finish 6-2. The Huskies return to action with the BIG EAST Championships in Louisville, Ky. Georgetown - The Hoyas concluded their dual meet schedule at Maryland on Feb. 5 as sophomore Tom Cooke, sophomore Brad Murray and senior Keenan Timko posted qualifying times for the BIG EAST Championships. GU fell to Maryland on both the men's and women's sides as the men lost 136-70 and the women were outscored 172-83. Louisville - The Cardinal men and women beat Virginia Tech, but fell to Indiana in a double dual meet Jan. 28 at the Ralph Wright Natatorium. The men beat Virginia Tech 154-146, but fell to the Hoosiers 176-124. The women beat Virginia Tech 205-95, but fell to IU 181-119 in a meet designed to mimic a conference meet's competitiveness. Both teams will return to action for the BIG EAST Championships. Notre Dame - While celebrating their Senior Day, the Irish (6-4) defeated Denver 250-118, before falling to Iowa 194-174, in nonconference men's swimming and diving action Jan. 29. Notre Dame women's team split its four dual meets Jan. 29 at the Rolfs Aquatic Center to end the two-day Shamrock Invitational. The women defeated Denver (253-117) and Iowa (264-104), while falling to a pair of Big Ten squads in Ohio State (197.5-166.5) and Northwestern (193.5-176.5). The Irish women hosted Ball State Feb. 5 and won 175-65. The women's squad improved its dual meet record to 5-7 on the season as the Irish look ahead to the conference championship. Both teams travel to Louisville, Ky., for the BIG EAST Championships. Pittsburgh - Sophomore Adam Maczewski won the 100-yard back in every dual meet this season. His fastest time of the season stands at 47.67, which is a school record. Pitt honored its seniors in their final meet at Trees Pool on Feb. 5. The men earned wins over Carnegie Mellon (223.5-75.5), Clarion (230-58) and Grove City (230.5-62.5) and evened the team record to 6-6 for the year. The women improved to 10-4, earning wins over Carnegie Mellon (215-82), California (Pa.) (214-70), Clarion (222-71) and Grove City (231.5-51.5). The women recorded their first 10-win dual-meet season since the 2007-08 season. Senior Caitlin Trant was a multi-event winner, claiming first in the 100 back and 100 fly. Twelve Pitt divers have qualified for and will travel to the BIG EAST Championships in Louisville, Ky. Providence - The men's and women's teams each posted individual results against Villanova and Syracuse in a meet held on Feb. 4-5 at Syracuse. The meet marked the final home meet ever for the 101-year-old Syracuse swimming and diving program. In the 50-yard freestyle event, junior Collin Casciano posted a time less than seven tenths-of-a-second off the Friars' season-best time. Casciano's time of 22.82 was good enough for fourth out of the field of 22. Freshman standout Kimberly Hall swam well for the Friar women. Hall earned a victory in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.21) and in the 100-yard back (1:05.22). She also was third out of 19 in the 100 free (57.29). The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will wrap up their 2010-11 season at the BIG EAST Championships. Rutgers - Rutgers finished third of six teams with 170.5 points at the Rutgers Invitational Jan. 21-22. Minnesota led the field with 274 points, while Harvard ranked second with 250. Trailing RU was Toledo with 111.5 points, Rider with 90 and Saint Francis with 56 points. The Scarlet Knights travel to Louisville for the BIG EAST Championships. Seton Hall - The men's team closed out the 2010-11 regular season with a convincing 182.5-108.5 victory over Marist Jan. 29 at the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium. In addition, freshman Evan Forbes punched a ticket to the BIG EAST Championships, becoming the 19th men's member to qualify.The Pirate women closed out the 2010-11 season, losing to Marist 168-132 Jan. 29. Despite the loss that dropped their overall record to 8-3, the women ended the year with their highest winning percentage (.727) under current coach Ron Farina. Both teams travel to Louisville, Ky., for the BIG EAST Championships. Syracuse - Each member of the senior class posted a first-place finish as Syracuse concluded its 2011 home schedule Feb. 5 at Webster Pool. Six members of the Orange are slated to compete in the 2011 BIG EAST Championships in Louisville, Ky. Villanova - The men's team fell 189-104 to Boston University Jan. 28, while the women dropped a 152-148 decision. Both teams travel to Louisville, Ky., for the BIG EAST Championships. Syracuse plans to discontinue its programs at the completion of this season. West Virginia - The men's team defeated Maryland Jan. 22 213-87, while the women lost 202-96. The Mountaineer women's squad fell to Ohio 176-122 Jan. 29. Both teams travel to Louisville, Ky., for the BIG EAST Championships.