BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Notebook - Nov. 3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Swimming & Diving season is well underway with eight teams in action last week, racking up some impressive accomplishments.  
 
Cincinnati - The Cincinnati swimming and diving teams had a break this week and resume competition Nov. 5, hosting Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. The Bearcats opened their season Oct. 22 against Xavier as the women knocked off the Musketeers 182-87, while the men fell 137.5-127.5. 
 
Connecticut - The Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in a four-team meet Oct. 29 and 30 in Piscataway, N.J. The Husky men defeated Georgetown 224-127 and Villanova 263-90. The UConn women beat Georgetown 257-96 and Rutgers 224-129, while falling to Villanova 200-153. Both teams are back in action Nov. 6, hosting Army at 1 p.m.
 
Georgetown - The Georgetown swimming and diving teams competed in a four-team meet Oct. 29 and 30 in Piscataway, N.J. The men's team fell 224-127 to Connecticut and 190-150 to Villanova. The women lost 257-96 to Connecticut, 226-127 to Rutgers and 273-80 to Villanova. The Hoyas compete again Nov. 19 in the Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
 
Louisville - The Louisville women's swimming and diving team finished fourth at the SMU Classic in Dallas Oct. 30. The Cardinal men and women are back in action Nov. 5 hosting West Virginia at 5 p.m.
 
Notre Dame - Eric Lex was brilliant off the one- and three-meter boards Oct. 23 at the Oakland University Aquatic Center as the Notre Dame men split a pair of dual meets to move to 2-1 on the season. The Irish defeated Oakland 166-132, while Michigan got the best of Notre Dame 172-120. Lex was one of five Irish divers to finish among the top six in the one-meter event by recording 336.60 points. He completed the sweep with 342.40 points from the three-meter board. The Irish managed to notch a number of second-place finishes in the double-dual meet. Frank Dyer (200-yard free, 500 free) and Michael Sullivan (200 backstroke, 200 individual medley) each had a pair, while Christopher Johnson (100 breast), Kevin Overholt (50 free) and Joshua Choi (200 breaststroke) added one apiece. A clean sweep of the nine individual swimming events Oct. 29 helped the Notre Dame women coast to a 150-93 victory at Michigan State. The win at McCaffree Pool was the first for the Irish (1-2) this season. Heidi Grossman finished second off the 1- and 3-meter boards to aid the Irish effort. Notre Dame also placed first in one of two relays. Gracie Fredlake  and Amywren Miller  collected a pair of wins in bookend events, as Fredlake won the distance freestyle races (500, 1,000) with Miller cruising through the sprints (50, 100). Notre Dame looks ahead to a home meet Nov. 6 against Purdue.
 
Pittsburgh - The women's team is seeing immediate contributions from its freshmen, including Lauren Matevish, who leads the conference in the 1,000 free. Matevich set an Akron pool record at 10:11.50 two weeks ago. The Panther women are 3-0 this season, earning wins over Akron, St Bonaventure and Buffalo. Senior Caitlin Trant leads the league in the 100 fly. The Panther men are 1-2 this season. Senior Andrzej Dubiel leads the BIG EAST in the 50 free and is in the top five for the 100 free, while sophomore Adam Maczewski is Pitt's leading backstroker and ranks in the top three in both the 100 and 200 back within the conference.
 
Providence - The women's swimming and diving team went 0-2 last week, while the men went 0-1. Oct. 27, the women were defeated by Boston College 147-120 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. In the meet, sophomore diver Allie Black qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 1m diving event. Oct. 30, both the men's and women's teams were defeated by Fairfield. The men lost 162-138 and the women lost 170-130. Sophomore Eric Burtchell led the Friars, posting first-place finishes in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. For the women, Black dove well enough to come out on top in two separate one-meter diving events. The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are back in action on Nov. 6 when they travel to South Orange, N.J., to face Seton Hall. The meet is set for 2:00 p.m.
Rutgers - The Rutgers women's defeated Georgetown 226-127, while losing to Connecticut 224-129 and Villanova 209-144 at home Oct. 29-30. The Scarlet Knights are back in action Nov. 13 traveling to West Virginia.
Seton Hall - The Pirate women are 5-0 for the first time in program history. As of Nov. 1, 13 of 22 members of the roster had qualified for the BIG EAST Championships. Seton Hall swept the quad meet in Baltimore Oct. 30, beating Lafayette 194-106, Drexel 190-108 and Loyola 170-130. SHU posted a 178-113 victory over Iona Nov. 2. The Pirate men are 4-1 this season. As of Nov. 1, half of the men's roster had qualified for the BIG EAST Championships. Kevin Webster swept three individual races at the quad meet in Baltimore Oct. 30. His efforts helped the Pirates beat Drexel 174-122 and Lafayette 198-93, while Loyola edged SHU 186-113. Seton Hall defeated Iona 180-92 Nov. 2. The Pirates host Providence Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
Syracuse - The Orange have competed against Army and Marist Oct. 15 and Villanova and La Salle Oct. 22. Senior Kuba Kotynia, a 2009-10 qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke at both meets this season and finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Army/Marist Invitational. Senior Stephanie Lefebvre-Kuczynski has led the women, most recently finishing second in the 200-yard breaststroke against Villanova and La Salle with a 2:34.10. 
Villanova - The Wildcats competed in a four-team meet Oct. 29 and 30 in Piscataway, N.J. The women's team remained undefeated at 4-0 this season with three victories last week. The women defeated Connecticut 200-153, Georgetown 273-80 and Rutgers 209-144. The men's team split with Connecticut and Georgetown, moving to 2-2 on the season. The Wildcats posted a 190-150 victory over the Hoyas and fell 263-90 to the Huskies. Both teams compete again Nov. 18 in the Terrapin Cup hosted by Maryland.   
West Virginia - The women's team is 1-1 this season, falling to Penn State 174-67 Oct. 16 and beating Marshall 170.5-124.5 Oct. 23. The men defeated Penn State 125-116. The Mountaineers are back in action Nov. 5 traveling to Louisville for a 5 p.m. meet.
2010-11 BIG EAST Top Times
Event               Men                              Team               Time                Women                        Team               Time
50 Free             Andrzei Dubiel               Pittsburgh          20.83                Amywren Miller             Notre Dame       23.28
100 Free            Brendon Andrews           Notre Dame       46.19                Lacey Bobo                    Louisville           51.99
200 Free            Kevin Webster               Seton Hall          1:39.89             Grace Fredlake              Notre Dame       1:52.02
500 Free            Kevin Webster               Seton Hall          4:32.92             Roxanne Tammadge       Villanova           4:55.74
1000 Free          Charles Bolgan              Louisville           9:26.37             Lauren Matevish             Pittsburgh          10:11.5
100 Back           Adam Maczewski            Pittsburgh          49.67                Eszter Povazsay             Louisville           65.15
200 Back           Pedro Oliveira                Louisville           1:49.10             Eszter Povazsay             Louisville           2:00.20
100 Breast         Carlos Almeida              Louisville           55.21                Samantha Maxwell         Notre Dame       1:03.00
200 Breast         Carlos Almeida              Louisville           2:01.16             Fanny Lilliestrom            Louisville           2:16.00
100 Fly              Pedro Oliveira                Louisville           49.80                Kathryn Casey               Notre Dame       55.71
200 Fly              Pedro Oliveira                Louisville           1:48.62             Kathryn Casey               Notre Dame       2:01.21
200 IM              Carlos Almeida              Louisville           1:50.70             Fanny Lilliestrom            Louisville           2:03.92
400 IM              Jeremy Ramshaw           Connecticut       4:07.63             Rachael Burnett             West Virginia     4:22.13
200 Free Relay   Men's Team                   Connecticut       1:25.04             Women's Team              Notre Dame       1:34.87
400 Free Relay   Men's Team                   West Virginia     3:03.68             Women's Team              Louisville           3:28.85
800 Free Relay   ------------                     -------------        ---------             Women's Team              Louisville           7:34.84