Feb. 20, 2010
For the first time in school history, the University of Louisville men's swimming and diving team was crowned BIG EAST Champion, beating runnerup Notre Dame 808-758. Pitt finished third in 535 in the 11 team field. The Cardinal women took second, being edged by the Irish 773.5-718, with West Virginia finishing third.
In the final day of racing, U of L crowned three more individual champions: Riley Martin in the 1650-free, Pedro Oliveira in the 200-fly and Carlos Almeida in a school record breaking 200-breast. Brendon Andrews, Kris Findorff, Carlos Almeida and Carlos Van Isschot combined to win the men's 400-free relay. Head coach Arthur Albiero was named BIG EAST Men's Coach of the Year.
In the grueling 1650, sophomore Riley Martin made an NCAA B-cut time enroute to a BIG EAST Championship, winning by almost 11 seconds with a time of 15:17.41. Freshman Michael Pryor finished third in 15:32.98 with Shane Lichtenberg right in his wake for fourth, with a time of 15:34.41. For the women, Amanda Henleben was third with a time of 16:41.24.
In the women's 200-back, Alana Berrocal
finished fifth in the A-finals with a time of 15856, an NCAA B-cut. Freshman Eszter Povazsay
went 2:00.05 for second in the consols. For the men's 200-back, Pedro Oliveira
touched second with a time of 1:45.27, cutting two seconds from his qualifying time. Peyton Bobo
was fourth in the B-finals with a time of 1:49.54.
In the women's 100-free, Whitney Campbell was third with a time of 49.76. In hot pursuit was teammate Liz Halet, who touched in 50.23 for fourth. Nicole Landish went 51.37 in the B-final for fourth.
In the men's 100-free, Cincinnati star Josh Schneider took first with a BIG EAST record time of 43.00. Carlos Van Isschot was the top Cardinal finisher with a time of 43.67 in third and Brendon Andrews was fouth in 43.80, both B-cuts. Teammate Kris Findorff was seventh, finishing in 44.48.
In the 200 breaststroke, the women made it a 2-3-4 sweep, led by senior Leslie VanWinkle who finished in 2:12.02, which was a 2009 qualifying time. Therese Bergstrom was less than a half second behind for third, going 2:12.46 and Fanny Lilliestrom was fourth in 2:13.44 and all three were B-cuts. In the consols, freshman Sara Hartman was seventh with a time of 2:20.67.
In the men's 200-breaststroke, Carlos Almeida was able to defend his title from a year ago and reset his own record with a time of 1:54.85, a 2009 NCAA qualifying time. Michael Haefner was sixth with a time of 20190 and Kenneth Crapse moved up a spot to seventh with a time of 2:02.15.
In the 200-fly, Pedro Oliveira defended his crown from last year with a swim of 1:45.35 for the championship. Teammate Rafal Kuchta was third in 1:46.99 and Riley Martin rounded out the Cardinal field with a time of 1:47.89 for sixth. In the women's 200-fly, Raine Thompson was the top Cardinal finisher, touching fifth in 2:01.18 and teammate Sarah Andrews was sixth (2:01.36). Freshman Jackie Sherrard was sixth in the 200-fly with a time of 2:04.71.
In the final event of the evening, the Cardinal men had already wrapped up the title leading by 42 points going into the 400-free relay and won it in 2:56.87. Brendon Andrews was the leadoff leg (44.13) with Kris Findorff next in the water (43.66). Carlos Almeida was third (45.36) setting it up for a flat out sprint for home with Pitt less than a half second behind. Carlos Van Isschot anchored with a split of 43.72 for the win.
The women trailed the Irish by 57.5 points going into the 40-point final which mathematically precluded a win but touched second when Whitney Campbell (49.86), Leslie VanWinkle (50.51), Sarah Andrews (50.43) and Liz Halet (49.20) combined to break a pool record with a time of 3:20.00.
1. Louisville, University of 808
2. Notre Dame, University of 758
3. Pittsburgh, University of 535
4. West Virginia University 442
5. Cincinnati, University of 305
6. Connecticut, University of 288.5
7. Seton Hall University 184.5
8. Georgetown University 133
9. Villanova University 108
10. Providence College 70
11. Syracuse University 32
Women's final standings
1. Notre Dame, University of 773.5
2. Louisville, University of 718
3. West Virginia University 525
4. Pittsburgh, University of 426.5
5. Rutgers, State Univ od New Jer 303
6. Villanova University 292
7. Cincinnati, University of 256
8. Connecticut, University of 205
9. Georgetown University 96
10. Seton Hall University 68
11. Providence College 62