Lilly Shatters School Record in Final Day of A-10 Meet

Lilly Shatters School Record in Final Day of A-10 Meet


Saturday Finals Results

BUFFALO - Freshman Nico Lilly shattered the four-year old school record in the 1650 Free to lead Xavier University in the final day of the Atlantic 10 Championships at the Flickinger Aquatic Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Musketeers had an exceptional meet overall with the women's team placing fifth in the A-10, while the men's team finished sixth in the conference. In the overall standings, Xavier as a team finished in fifth place.

The night opened with the women's 1650 Free. XU's Jill Cooke finished in seventh place with a time of 17:49.38. Junior Veronica Henry notched a 22nd place finish with a time of 18:37.91.

Lilly established a solid pace early in the men's 1650 and came in first place with a time of 15:47.50 to shatter the old school record by 35.48 seconds. His time was only off the Atlantic 10 record by 13.43 seconds, which was set in 1980.

The women's 200 Back followed with senior Kristy Ulrich placing 14th overall with a time of 2:10.76. On the men's side, XU senior Matt Young won the consolation heat to earn 9th place overall with a time of 1:53.53, while sophomore Mike Thallemer notched 15th place overall with a 1:58.07.

The next event was the women's 100 Free where sophomore Dana Hunter placed eighth overall. Hunter touched the wall in a time of 53.94, just two seconds off the school record.

Tyler Borg had a fine showing in the men's 100 Free as the freshman put up a time of 48.13 and placed 13th overall.

The women's 200 Breast found one Musketeer in the finals and two more in the consolation heat. Sophomore Krystel Kooyman missed the school record by 0.10 of a second to earn second place overall and finished in a time of 2:21.43. Seniors Becky Faust and Sarah Blush finished 13th (2:27.91) and 14th (2:27.95) overall, respectively.

Two more Musketeers were in the consolation heat of the men's 200 Breast as Joe Conklin and Algis Aukstuolis nabbed 10th and 14th place overall. Conklin finished the event in a time of 2:10.99 and Aukstuolis touched in a time of 2:11.53.

The women's team had another fine showing in the 200 Fly as senior Janet Heil placed third overall with a time of 2:07.57. Sophomore Jill Cooke recovered quickly after competing in the 1650 Free to notch an eighth place finish in a time of 2:10.12. Sarah Brown qualified for the consolation heat and finished 11th overall with a time of 2:10.52.

Xavier finished 12th and 13th in the men's 200 Fly with Kyle Hawley finishing in a time of 1:54.86 and Neil Reierson swam the event in 1:55.23.

Over the course of the last four days, there were 18 appearances by the Musketeers in final heats and 27 more appearances in the consolation heats. Nico Lilly was the top finisher for XU as the freshman grabbed the gold in the 1650 Free. Krystel Kooyman was the top finisher for the women as she took the silver in the 200 Breast. Overall, Xavier notched one first and one second place finish, two third place finishes, five fourth place finishes, one sixth place finish, three seventh place finishes and eight eighth place finishes. The week also saw 13 school records, which were either broke and/or re-broke during the course of the A-10 Championship meet.

This meet concludes the Xavier swim season. Congratulations to both the men's and women's teams on an outstanding season full of personal bests and numerous school records.