Jan. 21, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams were defeated by the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, January 21. The men's team fell 136-101, while the women's team lost 165-72.
The men's swimming team was led by sophomore Michael Luiz (New Bedford, Mass.) who took first place in the 50y freestyle event clocking in at 22.55. Luiz was also part of the 400y freestyle relay team that took first place with their time of 3:18.57. Sophomore Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.), freshman James Butler (Medfield, Mass.), and junior Eric Burtchell (Pawtucket, R.I.) rounded out the team. Freshman John Fatigati(Mahwah, N.J.) won the 400y IM event. His winning time of 4:12.39 was the third fastest time in Friar history for that event.
The women's swimming team took first and second in the 200y breaststroke event. Freshman Leia Federiconi (Williamsville, N.Y.: 2:33.03) and freshman Tara Walter (Haddon Heights, N.J.: 2:35.59) set the pace for the field. Sophomore Jillian Mullany (Monroe, Conn.), sophomore Samantha DeGroff (Berlin, Conn.), junior Erin Nanna(Westwood, Mass.), and junior Sam Schilch (Massepequa, N.Y) won the 400y freestyle relay event with their time of 3:49.19.
On the diving side, junior Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.) lost her first match of the season, placing second in the 1m diving event with 287.78 points. Junior Ben Kardian(Valhalla, N.Y.) won the 3m diving event with 288.68 points and the 1m diving event with 318.60 points. Kardian qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships with his score.
Next up for the Friars is a trip to Worcester, Mass on Saturday, January 28, to take on Holy Cross. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. The Friars final home meet will be Saturday, February 4, when they host Boston College in Taylor Natatorium at 11:00 a.m.