Georgetown, Seton Hall Maintain Leads at BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships

Feb. 19, 2014

Championship Central | Day One Results | Scores Through Day One

SEWELL, N.J. - The Georgetown women and Seton Hall men maintained their leads through Wednesday's finals session of the 2014 BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships here at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology Natatorium.

The Hoyas led second-place Seton Hall on the women's side entering the day, and that margin did not change through Wednesday's 800-yard free and 200 medley relays. Georgetown tops the standings with 163 points, ahead of the Pirates with 138 and third-place Villanova with 109. Rounding out the women's standings are Providence (65), Xavier (64) and Butler (54).

It was a strong night for Georgetown on the men's side as well. The Hoyas, who trailed Seton Hall 88-33 in the men's standings following last weekend's diving events, narrowed the gap between themselves and the first-place Pirates. Seton Hall leads with 120 points, followed by Georgetown at 105 and Xavier with 74. Villanova has 64 points while Providence has 58.

Wednesday night's schedule saved the best for last, as Georgetown's team of Michael Young, Christian Kilgore, Martin Vanin and Matthew Mandel captured the men's 200 medley relay in 1:31.36, a scant one one-hundredth of a second ahead of runner-up Xavier. Seton Hall placed third in 1:32.02, while Villanova's foursome took fourth (1:33.34) and Providence was fifth (1:34.93).

Xavier owned the fastest entry in the men's 800 medley relay, and the Musketeers didn't disappoint with a winning time of 6:41.02 from Chad Thompson, Luke Johanns, Eric Dirvin and William Oswald. Villanova captured the silver in 6:44.03, while Georgetown's time of 6:47.32 was good for the bronze. Providence claimed fourth in 6:49.12.



Villanova was the biggest mover in the women's standings with a pair of relay golds. The Wildcats added 80 points to their team total with a winning time of 7:16.29 in the 800 free relay and 1:42.76 in the 200 medley relay. Katrin Heider, Jessica Randolph, Kaisla Kollanus and Sarah Jurek were victorious in the 800 free, eclipsing the rest of the field by 16 seconds, while Colleen Lord, Kristin Haufler, Fiona Hardie and Jurek edged Xavier to win the 200 free.

In the 800 free, Georgetown picked up second in 7:32.44, with Seton Hall claiming the bronze medal (7:35.21). Xavier was fourth in 7:39.45, Providence fifth in 7:41.56 and Butler in sixth in 7:47.39. In the 200 free, Xavier won the silver in 1:44.05, just ahead of third-place Seton Hall (1:44.60). Georgetown was close behind in fourth at 1:44.79, while Butler (1:45.83) and Providence (1:47.91) rounded out the finishing times.

All relay foursomes bettered their seed times, with some of the 800 free times being improved by as much as 20 seconds.

Thursday's schedule begins with preliminaries at 10 a.m., followed by another finals session at 6 p.m. Scheduled events include the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay.

The Villanova women own the top three seeded times in the 500 free, sit 2-3-4 in the 200 IM and have the top two spots in the 50 free. Xavier has the three fastest qualifying times in the 50 free and is 1-2 in the 200 IM. Georgetown has the fastest seed time in the men's 500 free, but a pair of Musketeers sit close behind with the second- and third-fastest qualifying times.

Live results of the meet are available via Meet Mobile, which is an app that can be downloaded for free from your phone's App Store. It is available for smartphones and iPads.

Day One Event Winners

Women's 800 Free Relay - Villanova (K. Heider, J. Randolph, K. Kollanus, S. Jurek), 7:16.29
Men's 800 Free Relay - Xavier (C. Thompson, L. Johanns, E. Dirvin, W. Oswald), 6:41.02
Women's 200 Medley Relay - Villanova (C. Lord, K. Haufler, F. Hardie, S. Jurek), 1:42.76
Men's 200 Medley Relay - Georgetown (M. Young, C. Kilgore, M. Vanin, M. Mandel), 1:31.36

Scores Through Day One

1. Georgetown - 163
2. Seton Hall - 138
3. Villanova - 109
4. Providence - 65
5. Xavier - 64
6. Butler - 54

1. Seton Hall - 120
2. Georgetown - 105
3. Xavier - 74
4. Villanova - 64
5. Providence - 58