Louisville Holds the Reins Heading into Final Day of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville tops both the men's and women's team leader boards with the final day of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships tomorrow at the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium on the University of Louisville campus. Five BIG EAST Championship records fell tonight, including three on the women's side and two on the men's.
 
Day two finals action kicked off with the women's 400-yard individual medley. West Virginia's Rachael Burnett touched the wall first at 4:14.41. Villanova's Astrid Armgarth edged Louisville's Fanny Lilliestrom to claim second with a time of 4:16.33, while Lilliestrom finished in 4:17.73.
 
In the men's 400 IM, Louisville and Seton Hall were neck-in-neck going into the last 50 yards, but SHU's Kevin Webster turned on the heat in the final stretch to hold off Carlos Almeida. Webster tapped in at 3:46.03, while Almeida posted the second-place time of 3:48.09. Notre Dame's Michael Sullivan rounded out the top three with a time of 3:50.94.
 
The Cardinal women set their second BIG EAST Championship record of the year as Lorraine Thompson finished the women's 100-yard butterfly in 53.10, beating Rutgers' Michelle DeFreese time of 53.32 set in 2003. Second went to WVU's Amanda Nugent, who also beat the previous meet record, coming in at 53.15. She was followed by ND's Kimberly Holden with a time of 53.83.
 
For the men, the Mountaineers' Taylor Camp took top honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.47, followed by UofL's Richard Collins at 48.01. The Irish's William Bass was a close third in the 100 fly, finishing in 48.26.
 
Despite being chased by a flock of Cardinals in the women's 200-yard freestyle, Notre Dame's Kelly Ryan cruised past the rest of field with the winning time of 1:46.88. Second-place went to Louisville's Breann McDowell, who touched in at 1:48.45. She was followed by teammate Lindsey Laporte with a time of 1:48.85.  
 
On the men's side, the top two finishers in the 200 freestyle beat the BIG EAST Championship meet record of 1:35.34 set by UofL's Andrei Radzionau in 2008. Joao DeLucca touched the wall at 1:35.07, earning the second BIG EAST Championship record for the Cardinal men in 2011. The Irish's Frank Dyer came in second, while Connecticut's Karim Zayed claimed third with times of 1:36.75 and 1:37.62, respectively.
 
Louisville's Therese Bergstrom narrowly edged ND's Samantha Maxwell in the women's 100-yard breaststroke. Bergstrom posted a time of 1:00.15, while Maxwell came in at 1:00.60. Third place went to the Wildcats' Erin Malone, finishing in 1:01.38.
 
In the men's 100 breaststroke, the UofL men picked up their second-straight win as Kameron Chastain took top honors with a time of 53.45. He was followed by ND's Christopher Johnson, who touched at 53.75. The Cards also snagged the bronze as Kenneth Crapse recorded a time of 54.08.
 
Notre Dame's Kimberly Holden sailed past the rest of the field in the women's 100-yard backstroke to claim the championship title with a record-setting time of 52.99. The previous record of 53.11 was set by RU's Catherine Whetstone in 2009. Holden was followed by a pair of Cardinals as Eszter Povazsay and Kristina Brandenburg posted times of 53.82 and 53.97, respectively.
 
The pack continued to chase Louisville in the men's 100 backstroke. UofL's Brendon Andrews held off the rest of the fleet, claiming the 2011 BIG EAST title with a time of 46.94. Second place went to Adam Maczewski of Pitt, who finished in 47.50. He was followed by the Irish's Petar Petrovic, touching in 47.95.
 
The third day of BIG EAST Championship swimming action wrapped up with the men's and women's 400-yard medley relay. The night's third women's BIG EAST Championship record was broken as Notre Dame edged Louisville with times of 3:35.89 and 3:37.29, respectively. The Irish team of Holden, Maxwell, Kathryn Casey and Ryan beat the previous meet record that was set by Notre Dame in 2009.
 
In the men's 400 medley relay, the Cardinal men collected their third win of the night as the foursome of Andrews, Chastain, Pedro Oliveira and DeLucca slid past West Virginia. Louisville posted a winning time of 3:12.31, while WVU finished in 3:13.63.
 
For complete results of the men's and women's 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay, please visit the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship Central page and check out the results link.
 
The Louisville women hold a commanding lead going into the final day of the BIG EAST Championship with 623.50 points, followed by the Irish with 430.50. The Notre Dame men gained ground tonight in the team standings, sitting at 570.50 points compared to UofL's 591.
 
BIG EAST Championship swimming action wraps up tomorrow with the men's and women's 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay. The prelims start at 10 a.m. with the finals beginning at 6 p.m.
 
Men's Team Standings
Rank     Team                Score
1          Louisville           591
2          Notre Dame       570.50
3          Pittsburgh          374
4          West Virginia     357
5          Connecticut        176.50
6          Seton Hall          153
7          Cincinnati          111
8          Georgetown       94
9          Villanova           85
10         Providence        65
11         Syracuse           13
 
Women's Team Standings
Rank     Team                Score
1          Louisville           623.50
2          Notre Dame       430.50
3          West Virginia     277
4          Pittsburgh          258.50
5          Villanova           245.50
6          Rutgers             213      
7          Cincinnati          212
8          Connecticut        186
9          Georgetown       84
10         Seton Hall          76
11         Providence        40
 
Men's 400-Yard Individual Medley Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kevin Webster               Seton Hall          3:46.03             20
2          Carlos Almeida               Louisville           3:48.09             17
3          Michael Sullivan             Notre Dame       3:50.94             16
4          Michael Pryor                 Louisville           3:52.23             15
5          Peter Koppel                  Notre Dame       3:53.93             14
6          Shane Lichtenberg          Louisville           3:54.69             13
7          Colin Babcock                Notre Dame       3:55.45             12
8          August Querciagrossa     West Virginia     3:56.35             11
 
Women's 400-Yard Individual Medley Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Rachael Burnett             West Virginia     4:14.41             20
2          Astrid Armgarth             Villanova           4:16.33             17
3          Fanny Lilliestrom            Louisville           4:17.73             16
4          Jacquelyn Ward             Rutgers             4:19.54             15
5          Stephanie Juncker          Louisville           4:20.57             14
6          Lindsey Hagens             Villanova           4:23.68             13
7          Taylor Zafir                   Rutgers             4:26.92             12
8          Julie Harrison                 Pittsburgh          4:27.58             11
 
Men's 100-Yard Butterfly Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Taylor Camp                  West Virginia     47.47                20
2          Richard Collins               Louisville           48.01                17
3          William Bass                  Notre Dame       48.26                16
4          Juan Lopez                    Louisville           48.73                15
5          Bradley Eichenseer         West Virginia     49.01                14
6          Roberto Nevarez            Pittsburgh          49.23                13
7          David McLaren               Pittsburgh          49.25                12
8          Josh Nosal                     Notre Dame       50.01                11
 
Women's 100-Yard Butterfly Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Lorraine Thompson        Louisville           53.10                20
2          Amanda Nugent             West Virginia     53.15                17
3          Kimberly Holden            Notre Dame       53.83                16
4          Kathryn Casey               Notre Dame       54.47                15
5          Mary Mittle                    Louisville           55.05                14
6          Taylor Curado                Rutgers             55.11                13
7          Eszter Povazsay             Louisville           55.15                12
8          Lacey Bobo                   Louisville           55.35                11
 
Men's 200-Yard Freestyle Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Joao DeLucca                Louisville           1:35.07             20
2          Frank Dyer                    Notre Dame       1:36.75             17
3          Karim Zayed                  Connecticut        1:37.62             16
4          Alex Burtch                    Louisville           1:37.71             15
5          Jared Goldthorpe            West Virginia     1:39.00             14
6          Jacob Van Roekel           Pittsburgh          1:39.01             13
7          Kevin Overholt               Notre Dame       1:39.70             12
8          Steven Brus                   Notre Dame       1:39.77             11
 
Women's 200-Yard Freestyle Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kelly Ryan                     Notre Dame       1:46.88             20
2          Breann McDowell           Louisville           1:48.45             17
3          Lindsey Laporte             Louisville           1:48.85             16
4          Kata Fodor                    West Virginia     1:49.03             15
5          Sarah Andrews              Louisville           1:49.23             14
6          Lauren Sylvester            Notre Dame       1:49.61             13
7          Jordan Bowen                Connecticut        1:50.23             12
8          Natalie Elphick               Villanova           1:50.57             11
 
Men's 100-Yard Breaststroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kameron Chastain          Louisville           53.45                20
2          Christopher Johnson       Notre Dame       53.75                17
3          Kenneth Crapse             Louisville           54.08                16
4          Michael Haefner             Louisville           54.21                15
5          Richard Farquhar           West Virginia     54.64                14
6          Kuba Kotynia                 Syracuse           54.83                13
7          Pierre-Antoine Meunier   Pittsburgh          55.17                12
8          Benjamin Solari              Pittsburgh          55.87                11
 
Women's 100-Yard Breaststroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Therese Bergstrom        Louisville           1:00.15             20
2          Samantha Maxwell         Notre Dame       1:00.60             17
3          Erin Malone                   Villanova           1:01.38             16
4          Lauren Stauder              Notre Dame       1:02.07             15
5          Giselle Kohoyda             Louisville           1:02.26             14
6          Aileen Cole                    Louisville           1:02.66             13
7          Laura Barnes                 Pittsburgh          1:02.71             12
8          Trisha Averill                 Rutgers             1:03.42             11
 
Men's 100-Yard Backstroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Brendon Andrews           Louisville           46.94                20
2          Adam Maczewski           Pittsburgh          47.50                17
3          Petar Petrovic                Notre Dame       47.95                16
4          Andrzej Dubiel               Pittsburgh          48.43                15
5          Richard Collins               Louisville           49.42                14
6          Thomas VanVolkenburgh Notre Dame      49.67                13
7          Christopher Willis           Notre Dame       49.91                12
8          Josh Nosal                     Notre Dame       50.32                11
 
Women's 100-Yard Backstroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kimberly Holden            Notre Dame       52.99                20
2          Eszter Povazsay             Louisville           53.82                17
3          Kristina Brandenburg      Louisville           53.97                16
4          Mary Mittel                    Louisville           54.43                15
5          Liz Hansson                   Cincinnati          55.23                14
6          Sarah Dotzel                  Notre Dame       55.29                13
7          Lorraine Thompson        Louisville           55.68                12
8          Kati Kyle                       Connecticut        55.82                11
 
Men's 400-Yard Medley Relay Final Results
Place     Team                Time                 Points
1          Louisville           3:12.31             40
2          West Virginia     3:13.63             34
3          Notre Dame       3:15.10             32
4          Pittsburgh          3:16.05             30
5          Connecticut        3:19.69             28
6          Seton Hall          3:22.95             26
7          Villanova           3:29.26             24
8          Providence        3:35.98             22
--          Cincinnati          DQ
--          Georgetown       DQ
 
Women's 400-Yard Medley Relay Final Results
Place     Team                Time                 Points
1          Notre Dame       3:35.89             40
2          Louisville           3:37.29             34
3          West Virginia     3:42.57             32
4          Villanova           3:42.85             30
5          Pittsburgh          3:44.27             28
6          Cincinnati          3:46.07             26
7          Connecticut        3:46.43             24
8          Seton Hall          3:50.73             22
9          Georgetown       3:52.33             18
10         Providence        4:02.36             14
--          Rutgers             DQ