Other individual winners in the swimming events included seniors Berloco Abbey (Cranbury, New Jersey), Senior Nicole welch (Beverly, Massachusetts), graduate student Elizabeth bailey (Brookhaven, Georgia) and second Hannah wasmuth (Peachtree Corners, Georgia). In addition, seniors Andrea Holtz (Rosemount, Minnesota) finished first in the one-meter diving competition. Villanova won both the 200 IM relay and the 400 freestyle relay to secure 12 first places overall during the competition.
Montesi started the day leading the 200 medley relay and swimming the backstroke of the race for a Wildcats team that hit the wall first in 1: 45.43. She was followed by junior Perri stahl (La Grange, Illinois), Bailey and Routledge as Villanova held the lead of the Hoyas relay by just over 1.5 seconds to the finish. Later in the competition, Montesi won the 100 backstroke (56.19), the 500 freestyle (5: 05.20) and the 200 IM (2: 04.32).
It was business as usual for the Wildcats in the freestyle events, with Routledge and Berloco combining for 1-2 finishes in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. For the second meeting in a row, Villanova swept the top three places in the 200 freestyle with Routledge winning 1: 53.23 just ahead of Berloco (1: 54.56) and Welch (1: 55.62). Routledge added a victory in the 50 freestyle in 24.07 and edged Berloco (24.37) in second place by just three tenths of a second. First-year student Lainey Quinones (Clarendon Hills, Illinois) came fourth in that race with a time of 24.73.
The finish in the 100 freestyle was even closer and Berloco clocked a winning time of 52.43 to hit the wall a tenth of a second ahead of Routldge (52.53) in second place. Second year Cara Stapleton (Dublin, Ireland) was fifth in 53.82 to give the Wildcats three scorers in the race. In long distance races, Welch added to his third place in the 200 freestyle by winning the 1000 freestyle (10: 24.39) and finishing second behind Montesi in the 500 freestyle (5: 06.84).
Junior Brenna McLaughlin (Milford, Connecticut) was third in the 1000 free (10: 37.46) and fourth in the 500 free (5: 13.27). Second year Molly benson (Kensington, Maryland) and first year student Ritchey pepper (Hellertown, Pennsylvania) were fifth in the 500 freestyle (5: 15.56) and 1000 freestyle (10: 44.49), respectively. All of those finishes added up o Villanova scored 73 points in all five freestyle events.
In her second competition for the Wildcats, Bailey won the 200 butterfly in 2: 07.01, placed third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.49 and anchored the 400 freestyle relay team in first place. . Villanova’s two teams in the 400 freestyle relay secured first and second places with times of 3: 33.86 and 3: .13, respectively. Berloco took the lead in the Wildcats “A” roster and was followed by Welch, Stahl and Bailey. The “B” lineup included Benson, Quinones, senior Grace Wielar (Richmond, Virginia) and Stapleton.
Wasmuth won the 200 backstroke in 2: 03.44 and Villanova clocked four of the race’s five fastest times. Second year Audrey Pastorek (Savannah, Georgia) came third (2: 07.57) and was followed by Wielar in fourth place (2: 07.61) and freshman Francesca Raimondi (Manhasset, New York) in fifth.
Other good results for the Wildcats include the juniors Kaitlin gravell (Ashton, Maryland) coming second in 200 fathoms (2: 24.62) and third in 100 fathoms (1: 08.18). Stahl was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1: 06.60 as the first Emily zimmermann (Brielle, New Jersey) fourth in 200 fathoms (2: 30.08) and fifth in 100 fathoms (1: 09.74). Ritchey was fourth (59.35) and Quinones fifth (1: 00.51) in the 100 butterfly.
Holtz was Villanova’s only diver to compete on Saturday and she finished first in the one-meter table with 227.48 points to complete with a second place and a score of 236.25 in the three-meter competition.
The Wildcats’ next meeting will be the home opener against Penn on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. ET.