Men's Swimming Catapults Into First At BIG EAST Championships

Carolyn Stewart set one of two Musketeer records on the day.

Carolyn Stewart set one of two Musketeer records on the day.

Feb. 20, 2014

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SEWELL, N.J. - On the second day of swimming at the BIG EAST Championships, both the men's and women's swimming teams made moves up the leaderboard. A big second day boosted the men from third to first, while the women climbed from fifth to fourth and closed the gap to mere points between third.

Molly Kroeger (4:58.85) and Mackenna Rife (4:59.72) got the evening started with fifth and seventh place showings in the women's 500 free. Then, the men's side took over in dominant fashion. Nick Foster (4:30.63), Arthur Smith (4:33.62) and Nick Strader (4:34.27) went first, second and third in the men's 500.

Carolyn Stewart logged a fourth-place finish in the women's 200 IM. Stewart posted a time of 2:05.48, shattering Martha Cutter-Wilson's 2010 record of 2:06.95.

The XU men continued their strong start with Chad Thompson (1:50.22) and Erik Biernat (1:50.60) pulling out the top two spots. Eric Futscher (1:53.12) gave Xavier a fifth in the event as well.

Xavier's women's team closed the individual events on the evening with a sixth-place finish from Maddie Day (23.95) and eighth-place showing from Abbigail Walsh (24.33) in the 50 free. Day's time ranks third all-time in XU's annals.

Luke Johann's led a Xavier sweep of the top four spots in the 50 free. The Musketeers' sophomore speedster clocked a time of 20.34 to win the race. Johann's was followed closely by Rodrigo Suriano (20.79), Armando Moss (20.89) and Michael Gordon (20.92) ,who went second, third and fourth, respectively. John Kinney closed out XU's domination in the event touching eighth in 21.04.

Day, Claire Brolsma, Kroger and Stewart capped the women's evening with a third-place effort in the 200 free relay. The women posted a time of 1:35.47, just .08-seconds off XU's record.

The night closed with a bang for the men's team. Johanns, Thompson, Suriano and Moss eclipsed Xavier's 200 free relay record with a time of 1:21.23, a mark that gave them first in the race by over two seconds.

The Championship resumes Friday morning at 9 a.m., with prelims and finals at 5 p.m.