INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, February 28. THE Notre Dame men and Louisville women stood in the lead after day two of the Big Ten Championships.
Villanova picked up a strong 1-2 finish to start day two as Hayley Edwards (4:43.41) and Roxanne Tammadge (4:45.77) finished first and second in the women's 500-yard free. Pittsburgh's Kelsey Herbst took down third in 4:45.82. The Notre Dame men followed up with a 1-2-3 finish in the men's 500-yard free. Frank Dyer topped the middle-distance event in 4:20.53, while Kevin Hughes (4:23.67) and Brennan Jacobsen (4:23.71) snared second and third.
Notre Dame's Emma Reaney, easily the top female swimmer of the meet thus far, dropped the hammer in the women's 200-yard IM with a 1:56.37. That effort cleared her meet record of 1:56.42 from a year ago. Louisville's Tanja Kylliainen (1:57.53) and Erica Belcher (1:59.61) gave the Cardinals some much-needed team points with a 2-3 finish as the top three all cleared 2:00.
Notre Dame's men kept on rolling as the Fighting Irish put up another 1-2-3 finish in a row. Zachary Stephens touched out teammate William Bass, 1:45.41 to 1:45.78, in the men's 200 IM. Colin Babcock picked up third-place honors in 1:46.40 for the Irish. Louisville's Evan Noble was the top non-Irish finisher with a fourth-place 1:47.04.
Louisville's Kelsi Worrell dropped a 22.62 on the meet to win the women's 50 free, coming up a bit shy of former teammate Whitney Campbell's meet record of 22.36. Connecticut's Chinyere Pigot took second in 22.99, while Louisville's Kristina Brandenburg (23.03) and Grite Apanaviciute (23.14) wound up third and fourth.
Notre Dame's Frank Dyer doubled up, showing tremendous range, as he clocked a 19.62 to win the 50 free just after winning the 500 free to kick off the night. Louisville's Joao De Lucca (19.73) and Caryle Blondell (19.97) also broke 20 seconds to take second and third.
Notre Dame's strong evening continued as Allison Casareto topped the women's one-meter diving event with 311.80 points. Connecticut's Danielle Cecco placed second with 307.25 points, while Notre Dame's Jennifer Chiang earned third with a 297.60 tally.
Louisville's Kelsi Worrell (22.98), Kristina Brandenburg (22.47), Mary Mittel (22.92) and Grite Apanaviciute (22.56) raced to victory in the women's 200-yard free relay with a 1:30.93. Notre Dame's Christen McDonough (23.38), Kim Holden (22.81), Cat Galletti (23.10) and Kelly Ryan (22.46) turned in a second-place 1:31.75, while Cincinnati's Helena Pikhartova (23.39), Wenika Wasiakowska (23.13), Alicia Berman (23.36) and Bailey Laban (23.56) placed third in 1:33.44.
Louisville swept the relays this evening as Caryle Blondell (20.13), Joao De Lucca (19.29), Kameron Chastain (19.56) and Samuel Hoekstra (19.39) won the men's 200 free relay in 1:18.37, just missing the NCAA A cut. Notre Dame's Frank Dyer (19.72), Zach Stephens (19.62), John McGinley (19.89) and William Bass (19.68) placed second in 1:18.91. Pittsburgh's David Sweeney (20.35), Sean Heiden (20.25), Kourosh Ahani (20.07) and Alexander Rodenkirk (19.88) earned third in 1:20.55.
Women's Team Scores
Notre Dame 302
Seton Hall 68
Men's Team Scores
Notre Dame 367
Seton Hall 76