BIG EAST Championships Continue in Full Force

  
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The BIG EAST swimming action continued Thursday evening at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh with the men's and women's finals of the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.  After the evening's events, Notre Dame continues its hold on first place in the men's competition with 626 points and Louisville stands atop the women's leaderboard with 539.5 points.
 
The Louisville women swept the 400 IM competition, earning the top three spots on the podium.  Freshman Tanja Kylliainen led the pack, finishing in a time of 4:10.40, a new Trees Pool and BIG EAST Championship record.  She bested the 11-year-old league record set by Maddy Crippen in 2001.  Finishing second for the Cardinals was freshman Abigail Chin in a time of 4:15.31.  Senior Stephanie Juncker took third with 4:17.88.
 
The story was the same for the men's portion of the 400 IM as UofL's two final participants finished atop the leaderboard.  Senior Carlos Almeida touched the wall first with a time of 3:48.33.  Senior Michael Pryor finished second for the Cardinals in 3:50.36.  Rounding out the top-three was West Virginia's August Querciagrossa with a time of 3:52.92.
 
West Virginia junior Amanda Nugent came from behind to win the women's 100 butterfly in a time of 53.14, more than a second ahead of the competition.  Nugent's teammate freshman Julie Ogden touched in at 54.27 to complete the one-two sweep for the Mountaineers.  Coming in third place was Notre Dame junior Kimberly Holden with a time of 54.41. 
 
On the men's side, junior William Bass was able to outlast the field to take the title for Notre Dame.  Bass finished in 47.03.  Coming in second was West Virginia senior Taylor Camp with a time of 47.05.  Pittsburgh freshman Kourosh Ahani touched third in 47.44.  
 
In the women's 200 freestyle, West Virginia junior Rachael Burnett held onto an early lead, taking first place with a time of 1:46.23.  Notre Dame captured second and third place in the event, with sophomore Kelly Ryan touching second in 1:47.04.  Freshman Suzanne Bessire finished in a time of 1:48.02 to take third for the Irish.
 
Louisville sophomore Joao De Lucca set multiple records and recorded the championships' first NCAA "A" cut when he won the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:33.44.  He beat the previous Trees Pool record of 1:36.15 (set in 2010) and bested the league record of 1:35.35 (set in 2008).  De Lucca will be representing the Cardinals at the National Championship after clearing the cut of 1:33.61.  Finishing second was Notre Dame's Frank Dyer with a time of 1:34.00.  UofL's Alex Burtch rounded out the top-three with a time of 1:36.40.
 
Freshman Emma Reaney took the women's 100 breaststroke for Notre Dame with a time of 59.85, the only competitor at the championship to break one minute.  Reaney is joined at the top of the podium by Louisville sophomore Gisselle Kohoyda in second place with a time of 1:00.20.  Cincinnati freshman Helena Pikhartova finished in third place with a time of 1:01.05.
 
In the men's 100 breaststroke, 2011 champion Louisville's Kameron Chastain successfully defended his title, setting a new Trees Pool record in the process.  The sophomore touched first with a time of 53.50, beating the pool record of 53.81 set in 2007.  Coming in second place was Notre Dame junior Christopher Johnson with a time of 53.79.  Cardinal freshman Addison Bray touched third in 54.25.
 
The women's 100 backstroke provided some dramatics as the two-time defending champion was overthrown.  ND junior Kimberly Holden held a lead for most of the race but was unable to hold on down the stretch and UofL junior Eszter Povazsay touched first with a time of 54.25.  Second place went to WVU sophomore Danielle Smith with a time of 54.36.  Holden finished in third, finishing in 54.41.
 
The individual events concluded with Cardinal Brendon Andrews defending his title as the men's 100 backstroke champion.  The senior broke the Trees Pool and BIG EAST Championship records when he touched in at 46.61.  The previous pool and league record was 46.77 set in 2010.  Pittsburgh's Adam Maczewski finished second with a time of 47.36 and West Virginia's Bryce Bohman touched third with a time of 47.93.
 
The final events of the evening were the men's and women's 400 medley relays.  On the women's side, Notre Dame's backstroker Kelly Ryan gave the Irish an early lead which was never relinquished.  Emma Reaney, Kimberly Holden and Amy Prestinario gave ND a 3:36.28 finish for first place.  The Louisville relay team of Eszter Povazsay, Gisselle Kohoyda, Tanja Kylliainen and Aileen Cole earned a second-place finish with a time of 3:38.15.  West Virginia's Danielle Smith, Jenelle Zee, Amanda Nugent and Rachael Burnett touched third in 3:40.20.
 
The Louisville men capped off the evening with a win in the 400 medley relay.  Brendon Andrews, Carlos Almeida, Pedro Oliveira and Joao De Lucca pulled ahead of the pack early and maintained a steady lead throughout, touching the wall in 3:08.84, breaking the Trees Pool and BIG EAST Championship records and narrowly missing the NCAA "A" qualifying time (3:08.22).  The Cards upended the old league record of 3:10.95 set in 2010.  Finishing second was the Notre Dame team of Bertie Nel, Christopher Johnson, William Bass and Frank Dyer with a time of 3:12.67.  Pittsburgh's Adam Maczewski, Pierre-Antoine Meunier, Kourosh Ahani and Hussein Medhat took third with a time of 3:13.41. 
 
For complete results of the 400-yard IM, 100-yard fly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay visit the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship Central page and check out the results link.
 
BIG EAST Championship swimming action continues Feb. 18 with the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard fly, and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Prelims begin at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m.
 
Women's Team Standings
Rank     Team                Score
1          Louisville           539.5
2          Notre Dame       403.5
3          West Virginia     357
4          Pittsburgh          275      
5          Connecticut        261
6          Villanova           237.5
7          Rutgers             201.5
8          Cincinnati          186
9          Georgetown       72
10         Seton Hall          70
11         Providence        55
 
Men's Team Standings
Rank     Team                Score
1          Notre Dame       626
2          Louisville           574.5
3          Pittsburgh          381
3          West Virginia     363.5
5          Connecticut        164
6          Cincinnati          114
7          Georgetown       113
8          Seton Hall          109
9          Villanova           99
10         Providence        63
 
Women's 400-Yard Individual Medley Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Tanja Kylliainen, Louisville          4:10.40             20
2          Abigail Chin, Louisville                4:15.31             17
3          Stephanie Juncker, Louisville       4:17.88             16
4          Joanna Budzis, Pittsburgh            4:18.30             15
5          Bridget Casey, Notre Dame         4:22.07             14
6          Jacquelyn Ward, Rutgers            4:22.81             13
7          Lindsey Hagens, Villanova          4:24.09             12
8          Taylor Zafir, Rutgers                  4:24.99             11
 
Men's 400-Yard Individual Medley Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Carlos Almeida, Louisville           3:48.33             20
2          Michael Pryor, Louisville             3:50.36             17
3          August Querciagrossa, West Virginia 3:52.92             16
4          William Franz, Connecticut          3:53.60             15
5          Patrick Olson, Notre Dame          3:54.28             14
6          Hermanys Kluever, Pittsburgh     3:54.36             13
7          Colin Babcock, Notre Dame         3:55.09             12
8          Matthew DeBlasio, Notre Dame   3:57.30             11
 
Women's 100-yard Butterfly Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Amanda Nugent, West Virginia    53.14                20
2          Julie Ogdon, West Virginia           54.27                17
3          Kimberly Holden, Notre Dame     54.41                16
4          Lorraine Thompson, Louisville     54.53                15
5          Sarah Dotzel, Notre Dame          54.55                14
6          Eszter Povazsay, Louisville          54.69                13
7          Danielle Barbiea, Louisville         54.76                12
8          Mary Mittel, Louisville                 55.85                11
 
Men's 100-yard Butterfly Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          William Bass, Notre Dame          47.03                20
2          Taylor Camp, West Virginia         47.05                17
3          Kourosh Ahani, Pittsburgh           47.44                16
4          Bryce Bohman, West Virginia      48.18                15
5          Brandon Carr, West Virginia        48.29                14
6          Richard Collins, Louisville            48.41                13
7          Jonathan Lierley, Pittsburgh        48.59                12
8          Austin Caldwell, Pittsburgh          49.01                11
 
Women's 200-yard Freestyle Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Rachael Burnett, West Virginia    1:46.23             20
2          Kelly Ryan, Notre Dame             1:47.04             17
3          Suzanne Bessire, Notre Dame     1:48.02             16
4          Katrin Heider, Villanova              1:48.06             15
5          Kata Fodor, West Virginia           1:48.10             14
6          Lindsey Laporte, Louisville          1:48.16             13
7          Kelsey Herbst, Pittsburgh            1:48.49             12
8          Jordan Bowen, Connecticut         1:48.52             11
 
Men's 200-yard Freestyle Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Joao De Lucca, Louisville            1:33.44             20
2          Frank Dyer, Notre Dame                        1:34.00             17
3          Alex Burtch, Louisville                 1:36.40             16
4          Nathan Cobbe, West Virginia       1:37.20             15
5          Hussein Medhat, Pittsburgh         1:37.30             14
6          John McGinley, Notre Dame        1:37.44             13
7          Kevin Overholt, Notre Dame       1:37.98             12
8          Hugh Simmonds, West Virginia    1:38.41             11
 
Women's 100-yard Breaststroke Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Emma Reaney, Notre Dame        59.85                20
2          Gisselle Kohoyda, Louisville        1:00.20             17
3          Helena Pikhartova, Cincinnati      1:01.05             16
4          Caitlin Gallagher, Connecticut      1:01.06             15
5          Erin Malone, Villanvoa                1:01.56             14
6          Camille Dixon, Pittsburgh            1:01.80             13
7          Fanny Lilliestrom, Louisville        1:02.76             12
8          Lindsay Rogers, Louisville           1:03.60             11
 
Men's 100-yard Breaststroke Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Kameron Chastain, Louisville       53.50                20
2          Christopher Johnson, Notre Dame 53.79                17
3          Addison Bray, Louisville              54.25                16
4          Cameron Miller, Notre Dame       54.41                15
5          Colin Babcock, Notre Dame         54.53                14
6          Kenneth Crapse, Louisville          54.65                13
7          Zachary Stephens, Notre Dame   54.66                12
8          Benjamin Solari, Pittsburgh         55.18                11
 
Women's 100-yard Backstroke Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Eszter Povazsay, Louisville          54.25                20
2          Danielle Smith, West Virginia       54.36                17
3          Kimberly Holden, Notre Dame     54.41                16
4          Kristina Brandenburg, Louisville   54.82                15
5          Renee Deschenes, Pittsburgh      55.06                14
6          Kati Kyle, Connecticut                 55.19                13
7          Yolana Du Plessis, Villanova        56.06                12
8          Rachael Gorrie, West Virginia      56.35                11
 
Men's 100-yard Backstroke Final Results
Place                                                     Time                 Points
1          Brendon Andrews, Louisville       46.61                20
2          Adam Maczewski, Pittsburgh       47.36                17
3          Bryce Bohman, West Virginia      47.93                16
4          Richard Collins, Louisville            48.97                15
5          Brandon Carr, West Virginia        49.30                14
6          Caryle Blondell, Louisville           49.39                13
7          Bertie Nel, Notre Dame              49.63                12
8          Jovany Avendano, Villanova        50.34                11
 
Women's 400-yard Medley Relay Final Results
Place     Team                Time                 Points
1          Notre Dame       3:36.28             40
2          Louisville           3:38.50             34
3          West Virginia     3:40.20             32
4          Villanova           3:43.36             30
5          Cincinnati          3:43.87             28
6          Pittsburgh          3:44.32             26
7          Connecticut        3:44.41             24
8          Rutgers             3:47.83             22
 
Men's 200-yard Medley Relay Final Results
Place     Team                Time                 Points
1          Louisville           3:08.84             40
2          Notre Dame       3:12.67             34
3          Pittsburgh          3:13.41             32
4          West Virginia     3:13.53             30
5          Connecticut        3:19.95             28
6          Seton Hall          3:23.12             26
7          Georgetown       3:23.80             24
8          Cincinnati          3:23.84             22