Georgetown, Xavier Take the Lead After Day One of Big East Championships

Photo Courtesy: Doug Cochran

By Chandler Brandes, Swimming World College Intern

The first day of the 2016 Big East Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Wednesday in East Meadow, New York. After day one, the Georgetown women currently are in the lead, and Xavier sits first on the men’s side.

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Women’s 800 Free Relay

Villanova’s team of Kaisla Kollanus (1:46.99), Mary Snyder (1:48.74), Caitlin Daday (1:50.57), and Emily Mayo (1:48.58) dominated the event in 7:14.88, nearly ten seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Georgetown’s Bailey Page (1:50.05), Dorothy Morgan (1:51.12), Madeline Loniewski (1:52.32), and Christine Ryan (1:51.30), were second in 7:24.79.

Men’s 800 Free Relay

Georgetown’s Daniel Ross (1:40.67), Henry Rogatz (1:39.39), Chandler Hinson (1:39.56), Jacob Kohlhoff (1:38.95) won the event in 6:38.47, dropping over 18 seconds from their seed time.

Xavier’s Alex Wolfred (1:40.27), Rodrigo Suriano (1:39.34), Enrique Hernandez (1:40.63), and James Foster (1:39.99) took second in 6:40.23.

Women’s 1m Diving

Seton Hall’s Gabby Signorelli won the women’s 1m diving event with a score of 502.80. This win marks the senior’s fifth Big East individual title.

Georgetown’s Sarah Jaklitsch (461.70) dove to second and Providence’s Kendall Jerzyk (441.40) took third.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

Villanova’s team of Darby Goodwin (25.15), Elise Pidutti (29.25), Fiona Hardie (24.30), and Alexandra Fabbri (22.30) won the second relay of the night in 1:41.00, edging the runner-up by half a second.

Xavier’s Paxtyn Drew (25.61), Rebecca Titterton (28.78), Caroline Gaertner (24.08), and Claire Brolsma (23.05) took second in 1:41.52.

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

Xavier’s team of Erik Biernat (23.74). Michael Pettinichi (25.19), Albert Hitt (21.04), and Luke Johanns (19.53) won the event in 1:29.50.

Seton Hall’s Lior Grubert (24.31), Zohar Suslovich (24.87), David Rowe (21.40), and Dakota Williams (20.43) edged out Georgetown for the second spot in 1:31.01.

Current Women’s Team Standings

1. Georgetown-98
2. Providence-82
3. Seton Hall-80
3. Villanova-80
5. Xavier-66
6. Butler-56

Current Men’s Team Standings

1. Xavier-74
2. Georgetown-72
3. Seton Hall-64
4. Villanova-62
5. Providence-56