Women impressive in swimming home opener

Villanovan Editor

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each held their home openers last Friday. The women defeated both the LaSalle Explorers and the Wagner Seahawks by scores of 157-81 and 155.5-70.5, respectively.

Three women picked up multiple wins for the Wildcats, including senior Jenny Somerville who came out victorious in both the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyle events. Senior Kristina Lennox was the winner of both the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly, while senior Annie Kelley picked up wins in the 200-yard IM and 200-yard backstroke. Junior Jesse Radtke and sophomores Marlee Morden and Lindsay Davis each picked up wins for the Wildcats while the 400-yard medley relay team took first and second places.

Meanwhile, the men’s team was defeated by LaSalle with a score of 156-86. It proved to be a big day for freshman AJ Mak as he picked up wins in both the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyle events in his first career swim meet at Villanova.

“It was really awesome to have two victories in the home opener,” Mak said. “It was amazing to see how many people supported the swim team and it made the victory and the swim meet that much more enjoyable.”

Jon Spindler picked up a win in the 200 yard butterfly Brett Karbach also scored a victory in the 200 yard freestyle.

On Tuesday the Wildcats split their match with the Seton Hall Pirates. The men’s team fell 133-96. The Pirates dominated the match up, recording nine first-place finishes. The women’s team, however, was able to pick up the victory in a very impressive 164-74 win. The women managed to shutout the Pirates as far as first place finishes went. They also only allowed one second place finish and four third place showings for the Pirates

Next up for the men and the women was a trip to Seton Hall on Tuesday where they took on the Pirates. On Saturday, they will travel to Storrs, Conn. to face the University of Connecticut Huskies for a meet at 1 p.m.