Villanova women's swimming and diving falls to Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ. – The Villanova women's swimming and diving team suffered a tough loss to Rutgers, 99-199, on Saturday at the Rutgers Aquatic Center in Piscataway, NJ.

BIG EAST – In BIG10 conference play, the Wildcats lost to the Scarlet Knights, 99-199, for the second straight time.

In the 200 butterfly, the Villanova senior was able to score important points. Katie White. The Lakeville, Ma. The native hit the wall first in 2:03.70, followed by the freshmen Anna Farley (2:06.92) and Megan Tiernan (2:07.75) fourth and fifth respectively. White also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 58.03.

newbie Alyssa McHale and younger Lainey Quinones Finished 1-2 in the 100 freestyle. McHale hit the wall in 52.54, just ahead of Quinones' 52.79. Quinones posted a trio of runner-up finishes in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and along with senior graduate student Maggie Kleinsmith. Audrey Pinion and sophomore year Arabella Lee to finish in 1:45.7.

The senior swimmer at Pastorek scored a total of 14 points during the one-day meet. Savannah, Ga. native had three top-three finishes, including runner-up performances in the 100 backstroke (57.43) and the 200 medley relay. )

newbie Martina Lonati A solid outing earned Villanova points in three events. Italy's Guglionesi finished third in the 100 butterfly (57.84) and fourth in both the 100 freestyle (53.44) and 200 freestyle (1:54.76). Graduate student Lauryn Johnson Had a strong day at the pool in Biscatway. The Rockville Center, NY native finished second in the 200 freestyle at 1:53.88, just ahead of the senior. Molly Benson (1:54.74) is third.

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The Wildcats took the top two spots in the 400 freestyle relay. The foursome of Johnson, Lonati, McHale and Quinones clocked in at 3:30.36. Villanova B team of seniors Lexi ElkovichSecond year Mary Kate FarrellFreshman Carlota Colomer and Benson tied for second with their teammates in 3:37.34.

Second year Caroline Blankenbeckler And freshman Alexa Fegley Rounding out the top five finishers in the diving events. Blankenbeckler's performance resulted in a score of 244.80 on the 3-meter, while Fegley scored a 225.60 on the 1-meter.

The Villanova swimming and diving team is back on the road next weekend with the men's WVU and the women's competing against WVU and Iowa State on Saturday, January 27 in Morgantown, WV. Action starts from the pool deck at 11am for men and 4pm for women.

For all the latest updates surrounding the program, follow Villanova Swimming and Diving X, formally known as Twitter. And Instagram @novaswimdiv.

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