INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Four new records were set on day one of the Big East Championships, as the Panthers earned All-Big East honors for three relays tonight at Indiana University Natatorium.
The men’s 200 medley relay team received All-Big East honors after their second place finish in the 200 medley relay finals. Also receiving All-Big East honors was the men's 800 free relay team after placing third in the 800 free relay finals. The women's 200 medley relay team also received All-Big East honors with their third place finish in the 200 medley relay finals.
Along with All-Big East honors, both the women and men’s medley relay teams broke school records in the 200 medley relay finals. The men placed second in the 200 medley relay behind Notre Dame with a time of 1:27.34, breaking the record set at last year’s Big East Championships. The group consisted of Adam Maczewski, Luke Nosbisch, Kourosh Ahani and Alexander Rodenkirk.
The women’s relay team of Joanna Budzis, Cam Dixon, Veronica Lee and Dani des Tombe placed third in the finals with a time of 1:41.18, passing the previous school record of 1:41.74 from 2003. Swimming the first leg of the relay was senior Joanna Budzis who broke her previous record (25.69) in the 50 back with a split time of 25.44.
In addition, the relay team of Kelsey Herbst, YolandiVan Der Merwe, Dani des Tombe and Joanna Budzis set a new school record in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:17.59 in the finals. The squad finished fourth in the event improving upon their fifth place finish last year. The previous school record was from 2007 at the Big East Championships.
The men are currently in second place overall with 95 points while the women currently sit in third place with 75 points.
Action will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. Diving Preliminaries will begin around 12:30 p.m.. Finals, including the 200 free relay, will take place tonight at 6 p.m..