Records Fall in Final Day of BIG EAST Swimming Prelims

 PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The field is set for eight finals tonight at the men's and women's BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships on the fourth day of swimming action at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh.  
The prelims kicked off with the women's 200-yard backstroke where Notre Dame's Kelly Ryan recorded the fastest time with a 1:56.25.  The Irish also will send Kimberly Holden who owns the current Trees Pool record for the event with a time of 1:55.79 set in 2010.  West Virginia will have three representatives in the final including Danielle Smith, Rachael Gorrie and Tiera Butkus.  Victoria Mitchell and Eszter Povazsay will be swimming for Louisville and Pittsburgh's Joanna Budzis will round out the top eight competitors. 
In the men's competition, Louisville's Pedro Oliveira had the fastest prelim time of 1:42.73, breaking an 18-year Trees Pool and BIG EAST record.  The previous time of 1:43.87 was set in 1994 by Miami's Tamas Deutsch.  Oliveira will be joined in the final by teammate Juan Lopez, Notre Dame's Bertie Nel, James McEldrew, and Matthew DeBlasio, West Virginia's Bryce Bohman and Eric Johnson and Pittsburgh's Adam Macezewski.   
In the women's 100-yard freestyle, three swimmers will represent both Notre Dame and Louisville in the final.  The Irish's Kelly Ryan recorded the fastest qualifying time with a 49.95.  Also from ND are Suzanne Bessire and Amy Prestinario.  The Cardinals will send Grite Apanaviciute, Danielle Barbiea and Aileen Cole.  Liz Hansson will swim for Cincinnati and Natalie Elphick will represent Villanova. 
Records fell again in the men's 100 free as UofL's Joao De Lucca finished in 42.67, besting the previous Trees Pool and BIG EAST Championship record of 43.00 set in 2010.  For the Cardinals, De Lucca will be joined by Caryle Blondell and Brendon Andrews in the final.  Notre Dame and West Virginia will send two swimmers apiece, with Frank Dyer and Kevin Overholt representing the Irish and Tim Squires and Bradley Eichenseer swimming for the Mountaineers.  Pittsburgh's Hussein Medhat also will appear in tonight's final heat.
In the women's 200-yard breaststroke, Louisville's Gisselle Kohoyda automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship by besting the "A" qualifying standard of 2:09.25, recording a time of 2:09.02.  The Cardinal sophomore broke the Trees Pool and BIG EAST Championship records with this time.  The previous league record of 2:10.35 was set in 2009.  Also advancing to the final of the 200 breaststroke are ND's Emma Reaney, UofL's Fanny Lilliestrom, UC's Helena Pikhartova, UConn's Caitlin Gallagher, VU's Erin Malone, Pitt's Camille Dixon and WVU's Breanna McCann.  
The Cardinals claimed four of the eight spots in the men's 200 breaststroke final.  Kameron Chastain led the way, touching first on the prelims with a time of 1:56.37.  Also swimming for the Cardinals are Carlos Almeida, Kenneth Crapse and Addison Bray.  Notre Dame will send two swimmers to the final including Zachary Stephens and Cameron Miller.  Representing Pittsburgh will be Benjamin Solari and Connecticut's Lachezar Shumkov rounds out the final heat.
The women's 200 butterfly final will feature three Louisville swimmers, two West Virginia swimmers, two Notre Dame swimmers and a Villanova swimmer.  The Cardinals' Tanja Kylliainen swam the fastest prelim time of 1:57.23, breaking the Trees Pool record of 1:58.16 set in 2010.  The other UofL swimmers in the final are Abigail Chin and Lorraine Thompson.  WVU will send Amanda Nugent and Julie Ogden.  Bridget Casey and Melissa Scott will swim for Notre Dame and Hayley Edwards will represent Villanova.    
On the men's side, Louisville's Pedro Oliveira and Riley Martin took the top two qualifying spots with times of 1:45.85 and 1:45.87, respectively.  Joining them in the final will be Jonathan Williamson, William Bass and Brennan Jacobsen of Notre Dame, Jonathan Lierley and Hermanus Kluever of Pittsburgh and Taylor Camp of West Virginia.
For complete results of today's prelims, please visit the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship Central page and check out the results link.
BIG EAST Championship swimming action continues tonight with the men's and women's finals of the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, and 400-yard freestyle relay beginning 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