Xavier Swimming Picks Up Four Victories At BIG EAST Championships

Arthur Smith was one of four Musketeers to deliver victories today at the BIG EAST Championships.

Arthur Smith was one of four Musketeers to deliver victories today at the BIG EAST Championships.

Feb. 21, 2014

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SEWELL, N.J. - Four different Musketeers won events for Xavier swimming on the third day of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships. In the process, the men widened their lead on first place to nearly 145 points and the women closed to within 0.5 points of third.

The women's A-finals in the 400 IM kicked off the night session with an exciting finish. Mackenna Rife, Xavier's lone participant in the race finished in a dead-heat with Villanova's Mary Snider for second place. Rife's time of 4:27.69 was nearly three seconds above her personal best.

Xavier's men took four of the top six spots in the 400 IM. Chad Thompson won the event in 3:55.88 and Nick Foster claimed second in 3:57.98. Eric Futscher (4:02.61) and Robert Van Kirk (4:04.41) touched fifth and sixth, respectively.

Knox Hitt (2nd, 49.08), Erik Biernat (4th, 49.63) and Armando Moss (6th, 50.21) kept the men's momentum rolling with three more top-six finishes in the 100 fly.

Adding to the women's totals in the A-finals of the 200 free were Molly Kroeger (1:51.85) and Taylor Jach (1:54.90), who finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Will Oswald (1:39.64) won the men's event and was joined in the top eight by Luke Johanns (3rd, 1:40.94) and Eric Dirvin (8th, 1:42.64).

Haley Dresner touched fourth in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a time of 1:05.53. Michael Gordon (56.93) nabbed second, Carter Clark (57.76) sixth and Van Kirk 59.04) seventh in the men's race.

The women then got a huge win in the 100 back from Stewart, who broke her own school record by posting a time of 55.60. She had previously set the mark at 55.85. Teammates Jacquelyn Misanik (57.66) and Kristen Liebert (57.76) come in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Arthur Smith led a contingent of four Musketeers in the top five of the men's 100 back. Smith notched a time of 50.48, just ahead of teammate Knox Hitt's 50.52. Rodrigo Suriano (50.97) and John Kinney (51.34) rounded out the top-five, touching fourth and fifth, respectively.

Stewart, Dresner, Ashley Whitely and Kroeger wrapped up the women's evening in the 400 medley relay. The quartet finished third with a time of 3:52.09. Smith, Gordon, Hitt and Johanns closed the men's night with a second-place finish.

Swimming resumes at 10 a.m., Saturday morning with prelims and the Championships will conclude with finals at 5 p.m., Saturday evening.