Xavier Swim Teams Stay in Good Position
Feb. 18, 2006
BUFFALO, N.Y. - On the final day of the 2006 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship, both the Xavier men's and women's swim teams put themselves in good position to advance in the overall standings. The men's team is currently in third place overall, while the XU women are currently in fifth place but only nine points shy of fourth place.
The Musketeers will return a total of 17 swimmers in the night session, including two for the men's 1650 free final heat. The men's team will return six swimmers to the final heats, while three more return to compete in the consolation heats. The XU women return four in the final heats and four more in the consolation heats.
The morning session began with the women's 200 back. Xavier placed two in the finals with freshman Mary Catherine Mahon earning the top time for the Musketeers. Mahon finished in sixth with a time of 2:07.02, while sophomore Mary Kuhnen will swim right next to her after placing eighth with a time of 2:09.65.
On the men's side, XU will return one in the finals and one in the consolation heat. Senior Kyle Hawley locked up the eighth position with a time of 1:53.74 to earn a spot in the finals, while sophomore Matt Krouse will compete in the consolation heat after finishing 16th with a time of 1:56.58.
XU's Dana Hunter was the only Musketeer to finish in the top 16 of the women's 100 free. The junior finished with a time of 54.24 to earn 16th overall and will compete in the consolation heat.
In the men's 100 free, senior Dave Janszen earned the last spot in the finals heat with a time of 47.05. This marks Janszen's third trip to the final heat in as many events. He will look to add to a first place finish in the 400 IM and a second place finish in the 200 IM.
The women's 200 breast finds two Musketeers returning for the night session. Junior Krystel Kooyman earned third place with a time of 2:22.29 and will compete in the final heat, while freshman Addie Ellspermann notched a 16th place finish in a time of 2:28.16 and will compete in the consolation heat.
The men's team also has two returning for the night session. Freshman Matt Marcus placed 13th and notched a time of 2:10.31. Junior Joe Conklin will return in the final heat after placing seventh with a time of 2:09.47.
The final event of the morning was Xavier's most successful event for both teams. XU returns a total of seven swimmers in the 200 fly event. Three swimmers on the women's side will return to the final heat, while one competitor from the men's side will compete in the final heat.
Xavier's Jill Cooke posted the top team time after finishing 2:07.71, which placed the junior third overall. XU's other two swimmers in the final heat are freshmen Alissa Schriner (2:09.51) and Jill Winhusen (2:10.24). Senior Sarah Brown placed 11th with a time of 2:11.39 and will compete in the consolation heat.
XU's Nico Lilly will pull double duty this evening after finishing tied for sixth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.50. The sophomore will swim the 1650 free for the Musketeers and then return for the last individual event of the championship. Junior Neil Reierson, who finished 12th in the event with a time of 1:55.19, and sophomore Brian Stromberg, who finished 15th overall with a time of 1:57.96, will return for the consolation heat of the event.
The finals will get underway at 6:30 this evening. The night's festivities will also include the men's and women's 400 free relay in addition to the finals of the 1650 free. The other heats of the 1650 free will begin at 3:00 pm.