Villanova Women, Xavier Men Still in Front at the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships

Feb. 21, 2014

Championship Central | Friday Final Results | Scores Through Friday

SEWELL, N.J. - Villanova and Xavier strengthened their respective leads in the women's and men's standings at the 2014 BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships here at Gloucester County Institute of Technology on Friday night.

Early on, the Wildcat women continued the roll they had been on since Wednesday night's relays. Sara Jurek took gold in the 400 IM in 4:22.10, while Fiona Hardie took first in the 100 fly with a time of 54.70. Katrin Heider added another victory for the Wildcats in the 200 free with a winning clocking of 1:49.29. It wasn't until the 100 breast, won by Seton Hall's Kerrie Kolackovsky, that Villanova saw its streak of golds in women's events come to an end. Kolackovsky took first in 1:04.19 and started a bit of a trend.

Xavier's Carolyn Stewart won gold in the women's 100 back with a time of 55.60 to make it two straight events that the Wildcats did not top. But they came right back to capture the 400 medley relay in 3:46.46.

Thursday's main storyline on the men's side was Xavier's dominance, and while it saw its streak snapped of consecutive events won, the Musketeers are in great shape to capture their first BIG EAST crown since officially joining the conference on July 1 of last year. Chad Thompson started the night with another big win in the 400 IM in 3:55.88. Villanova took its first gold on the men's side by capturing the 100 fly when Benjamin Smith touched the wall first in 48.84.

Xavier returned to the top of the podium later in the session when William Oswald took the BIG EAST title in the men's 200 free in 1:39.64. Arthur Smith became a BIG EAST champion when he won the 100 back with a time of 50.48.

The Hoya men, who are in second place with 493.5 points, saw two gold medals come their way during Friday night's session. Christian Kilgore was at least partially responsible for both. First, he won the men's 100 breast in 56.72, then swam the second leg of Georgetown's winning men's 400 medley relay. They posted a time of 3:20.21.

Full results of Friday's sessions are available in a link above. Should the standings hold, the Villanova women would be in line for their first championship since its run of five straight from 1992-96. But Georgetown trails by only 55.5 points, which means Saturday's prelims take on extra meaning for the two BIG EAST legacy programs.

The Hoyas have not won a BIG EAST crown in either gender.

Saturday's prelims are set for 10 a.m., with heats scheduled in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. Early heats of the 1,650 free will begin at 3:30 p.m., and senior recognition is set for 5:35 p.m. Finals will get underway at 6 p.m. beginning with the fastest heats of the mile swims to get festivities underway.

In addition to the presentation of the team championship and runner-up trophies at the end of the night, the coaches will vote on the Most Outstanding Swimmers of the Meet honors along with the Coach of the Year awards.

Friday's Event Winners
Women's 400 IM - Sara Jurek, Villanova, 4:22.10
Men's 400 IM - Chad Thompson, Xavier, 3:55.88
Women's 100 Fly - Fiona Hardie, Villanova, 54.70
Men's 100 Fly - Benjamin Smith, Villanova, 48.84
Women's 200 Free - Katrin Heider, Villanova, 1:49.29
Men's 200 Free - William Oswald, Xavier, 1:39.64
Women's 100 Breast - Kerrie Kolackovsky, Seton Hall, 1:04.19
Men's 100 Breast - Christian Kilgore, Georgetown, 56.72
Women's 100 Back - Carolyn Stewart, Xavier, 55.60
Men's 100 Back - Arthur Smith, Xavier, 50.48
Women's 400 Medley Relay - Villanova (C. Lord, K. Haufler, F. Hardie, K. Kollanus), 3:46.46
Men's 400 Medley Relay - Georgetown (K. Muehlheuser, C. Kilgore, M. Vanin, M. Mandel), 3:20.21

1. Villanova - 567
2. Georgetown - 511.5
3. Seton Hall - 372
4. Xavier - 371.5
5. Providence - 226
6. Butler - 165

1. Xavier - 637
2. Georgetown - 493.5
3. Seton Hall - 319
4. Villanova - 305.5
5. Providence - 202