March 1, 2013
The University of Louisville swimming and diving teams won four events, set three school records and made two NCAA A-cut times after the finals of Day 3 at the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis Friday night.
The U of L women stayed in first place, just ahead of Notre Dame and the men held second behind the Irish after three days of racing and diving.
"It was an awesome day," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. "I am very proud of the effort both the men and the women put forth. The coaching staff really challenged the teams to step up and we had a great morning session that set up an epic evening."
In the first event of the evening, the Cardinals had a 1-2-3 sweep for the second year in a row, led by winner Tanja Kylliainen's BIG EAST record 4:07.29. Teammate Abigail Chin was second in 4:13.24 and Victoria Mitchell was into the wall third with a 4:16.76. Kylliainen led wire to wire building her lead to almost a half pool length.
Then Nolan Tesone followed with a win of his own in the men's 400-IM, with a 3:48.90. He led all but the first leg of the race, finishing a second ahead of the runner up. Evan Noble who led the fly leg of the race, finished seventh with a time of 3:56.52.
In the women's 100-fly, Cardinal freshman Kelsi Worrell matched her school and BIG EAST record mark of 51.55 with a win. It is the fastest time in the nation in that event.
In the men's 100-fly, U of L's Aaron Young touched fourth in 47.99, followed by Albert Lloyd in fifth with a 48.25. Nathan Kinney added points with an eighth place time of 49.88.
In the 200-free Breann McDowell ran away with the 200-free with the winning time of 1:46.77. She was near the front the whole race and then turned on the afterburners in the final 50 yards, cruising to the wall a full second ahead of the runner-up. Hannah Cowley was second in the B-final with a time of 1:49.93.
In the highly anticipated showdown between Joao De Lucca and Notre Dame's Frank Dyer in the 200-free, De Lucca cruised to a win in NCAA A cut time of 1:33.11 and his third straight championship in the event with Dyer touching in 1:34.70. U of L's Alex Burtch held on for third with a 1:36. Albert Lloyd touched sixth in 1:37.61 with Samuel Hoekstra in hot pursuit for seventh and a time of 1:37.72.
Gisselle Kohoyda was the top finisher in the 100-breast with a time of 1:01.96. Notre Dame's Emma Reaney won with an NCAA A-cut and BIG EAST record of 58.84.
In the men's 100-breast, Notre Dame took the top three spots with Addison Bray touching fourth in 53.66, Kameron Chastain was fifth in 53.81 and Michael Haefner was sixth in 54.04.
In the women's 100-back, Krissie Brandenburg was third with a time of 53.95 after a dramatic three way duel in the final lap. Eszter Povazsay was fifth in 54.20, Erica Belcher was sixth in 54.74 and Mary Mittel was eighth with a time of 55.44.
In the 100-back, Aaron Young was second in 48.80. Caryle Blondell was fifth, boarding a 49.27 with teammate Nathan Kinney going 49.38 for seventh.
In the men's 3-meter, U of L freshman Sean Piner made the podium with a sixth place finish, posting a score of 311.90.
In the women's 400-medley relay, the foursome of Krissie Brandenburg (53.87),Gisselle Kohoyda (1:02), Kelsi Worrell (51.69) and Breann McDowell (48.70) combined to post a 3:36.39 for second place.
In the men's 400-relay, Aaron Young (48.18) touched second in the leadoff backstroke leg before Addison Bray (53.44) took the lead halfway through the breaststroke lead. Notre Dame's Bill Bass' split of 46.32 made up the deficit and gave the Irish the lead going into the anchor leg. Louisville's Joao De Lucca not only took the lead back but extended it for the win with a split of 41.93, fastest in the field and a time of 3:11.62. It is the sixth straight year that U of L has won that relay.
The BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships resumes tomorrow, March 2 beginning at 10 a.m. The prelims and consols for the men's 3-meter dive as well as the prelims for the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly will take place in the morning session with the finals set for 6 p.m. Tomorrow is the final day of the BIG EAST Championships.
Rank Team Points
1 Notre Dame 703
2 Louisville 522
3 Pittsburgh 379.50
4 Connecticut 301.50
5 Georgetown 177
6 Cincinnati 146
7 Villanova 118
8 Seton Hall 110
9 Providence 79
Women's Team Standings
Rank Team Points
1 Louisville 592
2 Notre Dame 538
3 Pittsburgh 298
4 Rutgers 281.50
5 Villanova 263
6 Cincinnati 197.50
7 Connecticut 185
8 Georgetown 92
9 Seton Hall 90
10 Providence 60