March 2, 2013
The University of Louisville women's swimming and diving team won their third straight conference crown and the Cardinal men finished second to Notre Dame at the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championship at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI Saturday night in Indianapolis.
In the final night of competition, the Cardinals had eight wins, set five new BIG EAST records and made three more A-Cuts. Freshman Sean Piner was co-Diver of the Meet and Joao De Lucca was named Men's Most Outstanding Performer. Mike Zehnder was named Diving Coach of the Year.
"It was an outstanding performance on the women's side across the board. I am so excited for the implications yet to come as we get set to compete at the NCAAs to represent U of L. The men battled hard and the last two sessions were phenomenal. I am proud of the effort and excited for the next step. I wanted to commend freshman Sean Piner for his award. It is to his credit that a freshman could perform so well in this environment and platform diving is something new and we will take pride in it."
In the first event of the evening, Carly Munchel picked up fourth place points with a 16:38.29 in the 1650-free.
For the men's mile, top-seeded Bryan Draganosky led the entire distance and reset the BIG EAST mark set in 1993 with a time of 15:05.45 for the win. Teammate Charlie Bolgan boarded a 15:34.49 for seventh place.
In the 200-back, Eszter Povazsay touched third in a race that had the top two finishers both break the BIG EAST record. Erica Belcher was fourth with a time of 1:56.70 and Victoria Mitchell was fifth with a 1:57.56.
The men grabbed the top two spots in the 200-back with Juan Lopez surging to the wall for first in 1:44.64 just ahead of Evan Noble's 1:44.71 in a hotly contested final fifty yards. Freshman Nolan Tesone hung in there for fourth with a 1:46.08.
The Cardinal women had a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100-free led by Kelsi Worrell, who went 49.02. Matching her stroke for stroke was teammate Breann McDowell, who was second in 49.42. Krissie Brandenburg was third in 49.65, Grite Apanaviciute was sixth in 50.25 and Hanna Cowley was eighth in 50.76.
Joao De Lucca sets a new BIG EAST Record in 100-free with the NCAA A-cut time of 42.43 for the win. U of L's Caryle Blondell was 2nd in 43.48 and Samuel Hoekstra's 43.89 made it a top three sweep. Senior Alex Burtch was fifth with a time of 44.29.
In the women's 200-breaststroke, U of L's Gisselle Kohoyda touched third in the 200-breast with a 2:14.88. Notre Dame's Emma Reaney won her sixth race and this one was an NCAA A-Cut of 2:08.24.
The men's 200-breaststroke , Addison Bray got passed down the stretch to touch second in 1:55.74 behind Zach Stephens of Notre Dame. Michael Haefner was fourth with a 1:57.71 and Kameron Chastain was fifth in 1:59.54.
Tanja Kylliainen won the 200-fly handily with a 1:55.75 with teammate Devon Bibault was third in 1:58.00.
In the men's 200 fly, Juan Lopez was U of L's top finisher with a fifth, going 1:47.68. Kevin Bandy was sixth in 1:48.55 and Brett MacKenzie was seventh with a 1:50.28.
Freshman Sean Piner took top honors in the platform diving, the first year the event has scored in the championship. Piner put up a 275.15 to take the crown.
"Our guys dove really well," said Mike Zehnder, who earned his second Coach of the Year award, and the first for men. "Nikolas Sachs won the 1-meter and Sean Piner won the platform and made Zone cuts with his 300 points. It was a great meet and a fun week.
Hannah Gadd took second in the women's platform with a 238.95 with Emily Stalmack finishing eighth with a 164.70.
The women sewed up the championship with a decisive win in the 400-free relay. Kelsi Worrell led off with a 49.28, followed by Krissie Brandenburg's 48.93 and Grite Apanaviciute's 49.6 and Breann McDowell's 49.02. The Cardinals led every leg and McDowell showed the Irish her heels in the anchor to set a new BIG EAST Record of 3:16.89. Brandenburg turned in the only sub 49 leg to boost the Cards to the win.
The Cardinal men set a BIG EAST record and gained an A-cut with a 2:52.38 in the 400-free relay. Caryle Blondell led off with a 43.22 followed by Joao De Lucca's split of 42.19, the fastest of the field. Next in was Alex Burtch, who gained even more breathing room on thefield with a split of 43.53 before Samuel Hoekstra sealed the deal with a 43.44 for the win.
1 Louisville 895
2 Notre Dame 772
3 Pittsburgh 443
4 Villanova 415
5 Rutgers 410.5
6 Cincinnati 289.5
7 Connecticut 267
8 Seton Hall 115
9 Georgetown 114
10 Providence 74
1 Notre Dame 991
2 Louisville 851.5
3 Pittsburgh 573.5
5 Cincinnati 259
6 Georgetown 203
7 Seton Hall 151
8 Villanova 143
9 Providence 97