Big East Championships: Day One

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, February 17. NOTRE Dame continued its winning ways after the diving portion of this year’s BIG EAST Championship in Pittsburgh, Pa., winning the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay and the women’s 200-yard medley relay. West Virginia claimed the women’s 800 free relay crown while Louisville took the men’s 200-yard medley relay title.

The foursome of John Lytle, Steven Brus, Andrew Hoffman and Mackenzie LeBlanc posted a time of 6:28.48 and topped the second place team of Louisville’s Brendon Andrews, Pedro Oliveira, Michael Pryor and Carlos Almeida which recorded a time of 6:29.99. The West Virginia team of Jared Christie-Goldthorpe, Hugh Simmonds, Taylor Camp and Richard Farquhar came in third at 6:33.35.

West Virginia set a BIG EAST record in its 800 free relay performance topping the previous mark set by Rutgers in 2006 in East Meadow, N.Y. by almost three seconds. The team of Morgan Callaway, Shaunna Purtell, Robyn Matthews and Rachael Burnett finished with a time of 7:10.03. The Villanova foursome of Hayley Edwards, Natalie Elphick, Roxanne Tammadge and Sarah Czar finished in second with a mark of 7:16.76. Louisville finished in third behind Leslie Vanwinkle, Anna Dishuck, Sarah Andrews and Elizabeth Halet with a time of 7:20.40.

The Fighting Irish got back in the winner’s circle in the women’s 200 medley relay as the team of Kimberly Holden, Samantha Maxwell, Lauren Scott and Amywren Miller set the second BIG EAST record of the night with a time of 1:39.31. ND’s mark bettered the previous time of 1:40.58 set by West Virginia in 2007. Louisville came in second for with a time of 139.94, the second-fastest time at a BIG EAST Meet. Cardinals Eszter Povazsay, Therese Bergstrom, Lorraine Thompson and Whitney Campbell combined for the second place finish. West Virginia made it three fastest times in one race as the team of Callaway, Matthews, Stephanie Shupe and Kayla Andrews finished in 140.29.

Results for the men’s 200 medley relay and are currently under protest.

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