Meet Records Fall as Louisville Sweeps the 2011 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville swept the men's and women's team titles at the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships tonight at the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium on the University of Louisville campus. The Cardinal women ended Notre Dame's streak of 14-straight BIG EAST crowns, the longest championship winning streak across all sports in conference history.
 
The final night of finals competition kicked off with the Senior Recognition Ceremony, where a trio of Syracuse swimmers received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. This was the final meet for the Orange as the program will be discontinued after the season.
 
The women's 1,650-yard freestyle came down to the last 100-yards as Villanova's Hayley Edwards held off West Virginia's Kata Fodor for the win. Edwards touched in at 16:15.92, while Fodor came in at 16:17.00. The Wildcats' also claimed third place as Roxanne Tammadge finished with a time of 16:24.44.
 
On the men's side, Louisville claimed first and second in the men's 1,650 freestyle as Riley Martin posted a 15:16.70 mark and Shane Lichtenberg finished in 15:24.20. The bronze medal went to Cincinnati's Nathan Williams, who punched in at 15:30.37.
 
In the women's 200-yard backstroke, ND's Kimberly Holden edged Louisville's Eszter Povazsay to take the conference title with a time of 1:55.18. Povazsay touched the wall at 1:55.75 with another Irish swimmer Kelly Ryan a close third with a time of 1:56.00.
 
The men's 200 backstroke saw an exciting finish as Seton Hall's Kevin Webster turned on the heat in the final stretch and edged WVU's Jared Christie-Goldthorpe with a time of 1:43.93 to take the BIG EAST crown. Christie-Goldthorpe tapped in at 1:44.31, while the Cardinals' Pedro Oliveira recorded a third-place time of 1:44.56.
 
Notre Dame's Kelly Ryan held off UofL's Aileen Cole in the women's 100-yard freestyle, posting time of 49.73 and 49.95, respectively. The bronze went to ND's Amy Prestinario, who touched in at 50.01.
 
A pair of Cardinals led the fleet for men's 100 free, while the Irish claimed third place. UofL's Brendon Andrews took the BIG EAST Championship title with a winning time of 43.45. His teammate Joao De Lucca snagged second at 43.76, while ND's Frank Dyer tapped in at 44.11.  
 
In the women's 200-yard breaststroke, UofL's Therese Bergstrom and VU's Erin Malone were neck and neck after the final turn, but Bergstrom laid on the throttle, edging Malone 2:11.14 to 2:11.37. Notre Dame's Samantha Maxwell finished third at 2:11.79.
 
Louisville's Carlos Almeida led the pack in the men's 200 breaststroke with a winning time of 1:54.98. Syracuse's Kuba Kotynia earned the silver medal, coming in at 1:56.39. In his final race, Kotynia set a SU record. The Cardinals' Kenneth Crapse finished third with a time of 1:57.17.
 
The women's 200-yard butterfly saw WVU's Amanda Nugent, who broke the BIG EAST Championship record in the prelims this morning, win the conference title with a mark of 1:57.00. Louisville's Lorraine Thompson held off Villanova's Hayley Edwards for a second-place finish of 1:58.47. Edwards touched in at 1:59.27.
 
Victory lane once again belonged to the Cardinal men as they collected their fourth individual win of the night in the 200 butterfly with Pedro Oliveira cruising in at 1:45.23. Second place went to Pitt's Hermanus Kluever with a time of 1:46.72, followed by UofL's Riley Martin at 1:47.45. 
 
Notre Dame and Louisville swam side-by-side for the majority of the women's 400-yard freestyle relay. In the final few strokes, ND's Ryan tapped in just before UofL's Grite Apanaviciute with times of 3:19.68 and 3:19.91, respectively. The winning Irish quartet consisted of Prestinario, Lauren Parisi, Lauren Scott and Ryan. Cincinnati took third with a time of 3:24.97.
 
In the women's team standings, Louisville claimed its first BIG EAST Championship title in program history with 820.50 points. The Irish took second with 655.50 points, followed by West Virginia with 396. Villanova finished with 395.50 points, while Pitt rounded out the top five with 331.50.
 
The Championship concluded with the men's 400 freestyle relay as the Cardinals took gold again with a BIG EAST Championship record setting time of 2:54.04. The Louisville foursome of Andrews, De Lucca, Albert Loyd and Alex Burtch beat the previous record of 2:54.08 set in 2009 by Notre Dame. Second place went to West Virginia at 2:57.77, while UConn took third at 2:59.92.
 
The Cardinal men defended their BIG EAST Championship title, picking up their second-straight league crown with 917 points. Notre Dame finished second overall with 713.50 points, while Pitt took third with 503. Fourth went to West Virginia, collecting 470 points, followed by Connecticut with 239.50.  
 
The night wrapped up with the awards ceremony as Louisville's Arthur Albiero took home the Men's BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year and the Women's BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year honors. The BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer award came down to a tie between Mountaineers teammates Rachael Burnett and Nugent shared the honor. Seton Hall's Kevin Webster was named the 2011 BIG EAST Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer.
 
For complete results of the men's and women's the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay finals, 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.
 
2011 BIG EAST Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer
Kevin Webster, Seton Hall, Sr.
 
2011 BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer (tie)
Rachael Burnett, West Virginia, So.
Amanda Nugent, West Virginia, So.
 
2011 Men's BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year
Arthur Albiero, Louisville
 
2011 Women's BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year
Arthur Albiero, Louisville
 
Men's Team Standings
Rank     Team                Score
1          Louisville           917
2          Notre Dame       713.50
3          Pittsburgh          503
4          West Virginia     470
5          Connecticut        239.50
6          Seton Hall          230
7          Cincinnati          167
8          Georgetown       153
9          Villanova           113
10         Providence        83
11         Syracuse           30
 
Women's Team Standings
Rank     Team                Score
1          Louisville           820.50
2          Notre Dame       655.50
3          West Virginia     396
4          Villanova           395.50
5          Pittsburgh          331.50
6          Cincinnati          302      
7          Rutgers             282
8          Connecticut        261
9          Seton Hall          101
10         Georgetown       90
11         Providence        54
 
Men's 1,650-Yard Freestyle Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Riley Martin                   Louisville           15:16.70           20
2          Shane Lichtenberg          Louisville           15:24.20           17
3          Nathan Williams             Cincinnati          15:30.37           16
4          Paul Quincy                   Georgetown       15:31.03           15
5          Stephen Cunningham      Cincinnati          15:52.57           14
6          Morne Boshoff               Pittsburgh          15:36.22           13
7          Kevin Bandy                  Louisville           15:39.28           12
8          Michael Pryor                 Louisville           15:41.92           11
 
Women's 1,650-Yard Freestyle Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Hayley Edwards             Villanova           16:15.92           20
2          Kata Fodor                    West Virginia     16:17.00           17
3          Roxanne Tammadge       Villanova           16:24.44           16
4          Chelsea Rolin                 Rutgers             16:34.17           15
5          Jordan Bowen                Connecticut        16:35.68           14
6          Kelsey Herbst                Pittsburgh          16:46.48           13
7          Astrid Armgarth             Villanova           16:47.32           12
8          Grace Fredlake              Notre Dame       16:47.32           11
 
Men's 200-Yard Backstroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kevin Webster               Seton Hall          1:43.93             20
2          Jared Goldthorpe            West Virginia     1:44.31             17
3          Pedro Oliveira                Louisville           1:44.56             16
4          Petar Petrovic                Notre Dame       1:45.75             15
5          Michael Sullivan             Notre Dame       1:45.76             14
6          Juan Lopez                    Louisville           1:46.16             13
7          Christopher Wills            Notre Dame       1:47.05             12
8          Bertie Nel                      Notre Dame       1:48.27             11
 
Women's 200-Yard Backstroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kimberly Holden            Notre Dame       1:55.18             20
2          Eszter Povazsay             Louisville           1:55.75             17
3          Kelly Ryan                     Notre Dame       1:56.00             16
4          Liz Hansson                   Cincinnati          1:58.63             15
5          Kimberly Fleming           Connecticut        2:00.03             14
6          Joanna Budzis                Pittsburgh          2:00.07             13
7          Rachael Gorrie               West Virginia     2:01.15             12
8          Erin Frye                       Cincinnati          2:01.40             11
 
Men's 100-Yard Freestyle Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Brendon Andrews           Louisville           43.45                20
2          Joao DeLucca                Louisville           43.76                17
3          Frank Dyer                    Notre Dame       44.11                16
4          Andrzej Dubiel               Pittsburgh          44.31                15
5          Bradley Eichenseer         West Virginia     44.49                14
6          Kevin Overholt               Notre Dame       44.97                13
7          Albert Lloyd                   Louisville           45.04                12
8          Samuel Hoekstra            Louisville           45.11                11
 
Women's 100-Yard Freestyle Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Kelly Ryan                     Notre Dame       49.73                20
2          Aileen Cole                    Louisville           49.95                17
3          Amy Prestinario             Notre Dame       50.01                16
4          Grite Apanaviciute          Louisville           50.11                15
5          Kristen McMullan            Pittsburgh          50.60                14
6          Natalie Elphick               Villanova           50.73                13
7          Lauren Parisi                 Notre Dame       50.87                12
8          Lauren Scott                  Notre Dame       51.23                11
 
Men's 200-Yard Breaststroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Carlos Almeida               Louisville           1:54.98             20
2          Kuba Kotynia                 Syracuse           1:56.39             17
3          Kenneth Crapse             Louisville           1:57.17             16
4          Michael Haefner             Louisville           1:59.07             15
5          Benjamin Solari              Pittsburgh          1:59.27             14
6          Richard Farquhar           West Virginia     1:59.30             13
7          Kameron Chastain          Louisville           1:59.90             12
8          Robert Power                 Pittsburgh          2:01.36             11
 
Women's 200-Yard Breaststroke Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Therese Bergstrom        Louisville           2:11.14             20
2          Erin Malone                   Villanova           2:11.37             17
3          Samantha Maxwell         Notre Dame       2:11.79             16
4          Giselle Kohoyda             Louisville           2:12.13             15
5          Fanny Lilliestrom            Louisville           2:12.45             14
6          Lauren Stauder              Notre Dame       2:14.63             13
7          Breanna McCann            West Virginia     2:15.72             12
8          Josefine Wede               Cincinnati          2:16.22             11
 
Men's 200-Yard Butterfly Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Pedro Oliveira                Louisville           1:45.23             20
2          Hermanus Kluever         Pittsburgh          1:46.72             17
3          Riley Martin                   Louisville           1:47.45             16
4          Juan Lopez                    Louisville           1:48.01             15
5          William Bass                  Notre Dame       1:48.40             14
6          Victor Lopez-Cantera      Georgetown       1:48.46             13
7          Peter Koppel                  Notre Dame       1:50.44             12
8          Richard Collins               Louisville           1:50.48             11
 
Women's 200-Yard Butterfly Final Results
Place     Name                            Team                Time                 Points
1          Amanda Nugent             West Virginia     1:57.00             20
2          Lorraine Thompson        Louisville           1:58.47             17
3          Hayley Edwards             Villanova           1:59.27             16
4          Kathryn Casey               Notre Dame       2:00.01             15
5          Sarah Dotzel                  Notre Dame       2:02.57             14
6          Rachael Burnett             West Virginia     2:03.22             13
7          Jackie Sherrard              Louisville           2:03.27             12
8          Sarah Andrews              Louisville           2:04.95             11
 
Men's 400-Yard Freestyle Relay Final Results
Place     Team                Time                 Points
1          Louisville           2:54.04             40
2          West Virginia     2:57.77             34
3          Connecticut        2:59.92             32
4          Pittsburgh          3:00.89             30
5          Georgetown       3:03.49             28
6          Cincinnati          3:04.21             26
7          Seton Hall          3:04.65             24
8          Villanova           3:06.82             22
9          Providence        3:11.64             18
--          Notre Dame       DQ
 
Women's 400-Yard Freestyle Relay Final Results
Place     Team                Time                 Points
1          Notre Dame       3:19.68             40
2          Louisville           3:19.91             34
3          Cincinnati          3:24.97             32
4          Villanova           3:25.04             30
5          Pittsburgh          3:25.12             28
6          West Virginia     3:25.31             26
7          Rutgers             3:26.22             24
8          Connecticut        3:28.42             22
9          Seton Hall          3:33.35             18
10         Providence        3:35.39             14
--          Georgetown       DQ