Feb. 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- After breaking the school record in the 50 back last night, senior Joanna Budzis broke another school record in this morning’s Big East Championship preliminaries. Budzis placed fourth after swimming a 2:01.11 in the 200 IM to break her previous record of 2:01.12. She, along with eight other Panthers, will head to the finals tonight at 6 p.m. at the Indiana University Natatorium.
Freshman Mack Rice also broke the school record in the 200 IM, which he previously held. He swam a 1:48.79 beating his old time of 1:48.92. Mack just missed the finals, placing ninth. He will compete in the consolation finals tonight.
Also making their way to the finals in the 200 IM are junior Veronica Lee and sophomore Cam Dixon. Lee placed sixth with a career best time of 2:02.37 while Dixon finished in seventh after swimming a 2:03.00.
Freshman Alex Iwanicki will compete in the finals tonight after placing eighth in the 50 free with a time of 23.36, giving her a new career top time. This is Iwanicki’s first Big East Championship meet.
Also for the women, Kelsey Herbst and Kaleigh Ritter will compete in the finals of the 500 free tonight. Herbst placed second in the preliminaries with a time of 4:48.20 behind Villanova’s Roxanne Tammadge. Ritter finished eighth with a time of 4:52.16. This is also her first Big East Championship Meet.
For the men, freshman David Sweeney won the preliminaries in the 500 free with a career best time of 4:24.75, sending him to the finals as the number one seed.
The men will also have freshman Sean Heiden competing in the finals tonight. Heiden finished eighth in the 50 free with a career best time of 20.43. This is his first Big East Championship Meet.
The Panthers also have 12 swimmers competing in consolation finals. Swimming for the women are Lauren Matevish, Dani des Tombe and Jessica Nederlanden. Along with Mack Rice, Joey Notarianni, Jon Lierley, Martin Vogel, Alexander Rodenkirk, Sean Heiden, Kourosh Ahani, Avery Warrington and Otto Pagel will swim for the men.
On the diving side, senior Brittany DiSanti and sophomores Alec Shaeffer and Angelika McGhee competed in the 1M board consolation final this afternoon. McGhee, Shaeffer and Disanti placed fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Tonight’s finals begin at 6 p.m. and include the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and the 200 free relay. The women’s 1M diving board final will also take place.
Fans can follow live results and watch the Swimming and Diving Big East Championships through BIGEAST.tv on the Championship Central Page.