Penn State Sweeps Villanova

Penn State

The Wildcats of Villanova completed their two-day travel with a stop in University Park to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State. After splitting with West Virginia yesterday, Villanova dropped both meets to their in-state foe.


PSU men – 180, Villanova women – 79

PSU women – 167.5, Villanova women – 93.5


Penn State Recap – men

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s swimming & diving team dominated Villanova, 180-79, Friday evening at McCoy Natatorium. The Nittany Lions finished the meet with seven 1-2-3 sweeps and juniors Gabe Castano and Hayden Harlow combined for two event wins each.

Top Swims

Senior captain Liam Veregin secured a win for the Nittany Lions after placing first in the 100 back (48.48), and assisted in wins of both the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. His co-captain, Austin Wilson, also added to the final score with two second-place finishes in the 50 free (21.07) and 200 back (1:51.51). Wilson was also a member of the winning 200 free relay team who set a new pool record.

Castano and Harlow led the team with two wins each. Castano won both the 50 free – posting an NCAA B-Cut time of 19.64 – and the 100 free (44.05). Teammate Harlow clinched first with a career-best time in the 100 breast (54.74) and added a win in the 200 IM with a time of 1:47.88.

Both Zac Zwijacz and Sam Rennard posted two top-three finishes for the Nittany Lions. Zwijacz won the 200 free (1:42.20) and placed third in the 200 fly (1:56.87). Rennard secured first with a career-best time in the 1000 free (9:28.34) and finished third in the 500 free with a time of 4:41.74.

Nittany Lion Relays

To start out the meet, Penn State swept the 200 medley relay with the team of William Roberson, Brad Johnson, Veregin, and Castano clinching first with a new pool record time of 1:27.90.

Although the Nittany Lions swam the 200 free relay as an exhibition, they posted the top three times, and the winning team of Castano, Veregin, Roberson, and Wilson set a pool record with a final time of 1:19.72.

Top Dives

The Nittany Lions swept the 1-meter where freshman Kevin Sullivan and junior Bryce Hoch both finished with career-bests and NCAA Zone qualifying scores. Sullivan secured first with a score of 310.43 and Hoch was right behind him placing second with a final score of 308.70.

Jonah Cey earned two top-three finishes after placing second in the 3-meter (311.03) and third in the 1-meter scoring 282.00.

Event Winners


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State women’s swimming & diving team won its home finale against Villanova, 167.5-93.5, sending the squad’s seniors out on a winning note Friday in their final meet in McCoy Natatorium.

It was the team’s sixth dual meet win of the season and final home meet for the three competing seniors.

Abbie Amdor, Marie Schobel, Brooke Matthias and senior Christian Crowell won two events each to lead the Nittany Lions.

Top Swims
Amdor had two event wins in the meet, swimming for first in the 200 free (1:50.51) for the third time this season, and she was narrowly followed by Barry in second (1:50.76). Amdor also won the 100 free with a time of 51.34.

Camryn Barry also finished first in the 500 free with a time of 4:57.86.

Schobel and senior Maddie Hart earned a first and second sweep in both the 100 and 200 back. Schobel won the 100 back with a B-Cut time of 53.73, and Maddie Hart came in second (55.13). In the 200 back, Schobel swam a winning time of 1:58.63, with Hart following her in second (2:00.37).

Matthias swam for two wins during the meet, winning the 200 fly with a time of 2:03.17 and the 100 fly at 56.00.

Maddie Cooke swam her second-fastest career time in the 50 free, winning the race with a time of 22.64. She also placed second in the 100 fly (56.08).

In another 1-2 finish, Carly Hart touched first in the 100 breast (1:02.11) and Olivia Jackplaced second (1:03.38).

Additionally, sophomore Madison Murtagh placed second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:20.68 for her fourth top-three finish in the event this year.

Top Dives
On the boards, the Nittany Lion women swept the top-three spots in the 3-meter and earned first and second in the 1-meter. Crowell won the 1-meter (282.15) by a margin of 24 points and the 3-meter (276.45) dive by a margin of eight. Sierra Shurts finished the meet with two second-place scores: 268.80 in the 3-meter and 258.15 in the 1-meter, and Wei Wei closed out the sweep with a third-place finish in the 3-meter 262.05.

Nittany Lion Relays
To open Senior Day, the women took first and second in the 200 medley relay. The winning team of Schobel, Carly Hart, Maddie Hart and Cooke had a time of 1:38.19, only a second behind an NCAA B-Cut time for the event. The second-place 200 medley team of Matthias, Jack, Madison Ledwith and Elizabeth Gaspari trailed behind at 1:44.37.

The final event of the meet was the 400 free relay, and the women swam for another relay win. The winning team of Cooke, Kate Sheridan, Gaspari, and Jack swam a 3:27.08 relay .

Event Winners

Villanova Recap

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Villanova’s swimming and diving team traveled to Penn State on Jan. 31 to take on the Nittany Lions in the final dual meet of the season. In what was the fourth meet in a seven day stretch, the Wildcats were bested on the road. The women fell 167.5-93.5, while the men dropped the contest 180-79.

On the women’s side, Villanova had three first-place finishes thanks to Nicole Welch (1,000 freestyle), Kaitlin Gravell (200 breaststroke) and Kelly Montesi (200 IM). However, that was not the end of their days.

Montesi also placed second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.81, and third in the 100 butterfly in 56.62. Welch took second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02.08, while Gravell took third in the 100 breaststroke, going 1:07.49.

Milly Routledge had two second-place finishes, the first in the 50 free (23.90) and the second in the 100 free (51.50). The junior also took third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.67. Rayann Jaryszak took second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.55. Villanova placed second in the 200-freestyle relay and third in the 200-medley relay.

Grace Wielar had a pair of third-place finishes on the day. She swam 58.13 in the 100 backstroke and 2:05.24 in the 200 backstroke. Emily Provenzo took third in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:24.91, while Perri Stahl went 24.02 to place third in the 50 freestyle

The men also had three first-place finishes on the day. One such finish came in the 200-freestyle relay, an event that the Wildcats swept. Villanova also swept the 200 IM, thanks to Jordan Fetterman, Francis Prikasky and Alex Klippel.

Justin Cucchi touched the wall first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.40. Cucchi also took third in the 100 back with a time of 50.94.

Stephen Krecsmar had a pair of third-place finishes, going 21.17 in the 50 freestyle and 51.23 in the 100 butterfly. Jake McIntyre came in third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.38.

Villanova will be back in the pool tomorrow, although it will be for Sprint Fest. That will begin at 12:00 P.M.