Villanova Women, Seton Hall Men On Top After Day 1 of Big East Champs

After the first day of competition at the 2017 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships presented by Jeep, Seton Hall leads the men's team rankings with 101 points, while Villanova paces the women's rankings with 80 points.

The evening finals began with the 800 free relay, where the Villanova women scored their fourth straight title and the Pirates took gold for the men. In Wildcat tradition, Villanova took the women’s race comfortably in 7:11.35, over 15 seconds in front of Seton Hall’s second place time of 7:26.72. On the men’s side, it was the exact opposite as Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova kept the competition close for the entire event. In the end, the Pirates took home the gold with a time of 6:33.11, while the Wildcats finished second with 6:34.53 and the Hoyas secured third with a 6:40.58 finish.

For a second-consecutive year, Georgetown added points to its team total with a gold and silver finish in the Three-Meter Men’s Diving by Hoyas Jared Cooper-Vespa and Ryan Blom, respectively.  Repeating as the BIG EAST Champion, Cooper-Vespa claimed the top spot with a score of 585.55. Teammate Blom followed with a score of 554.10.

In the final event of Day 1, the 200 yard medley relay, both the women's and men's competitions were battles until the end. Villanova took the women’s race in 1:39.64 with Xavier in second at 1:41.27 and Georgetown in third at 1:41.83. On the men’s side, the Musketeers repeated as the winning team with a top time of 1:28.86 and Villanova followed in second with a finish of 1:29.26

Day 2 will begin at 10 a.m. with the prelims for the 500-free, 200-IM, 50-free, women’s one-meter diving, and the 200-freestyle relay with the finals being run in the fourth session of the championships at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

For schedules, updates, live results and live coverage links please visit the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship Central Page on

All Championship action will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network on Fox Sports Go, with wall-to-wall coverage that includes all event preliminaries, finals and awards. Kim Adams will be poolside for the finals reporting on the action.

Team Rankings - After Day 1

1. Villanova (80 points)
2. Xavier (66)
3. Seton Hall (64)
4. Georgetown (62)
5. Providence (54)
5. Butler (28)

1. Seton Hall (101 points)
2. Georgetown (99)
3. Villanova (97)
4. Xavier (70)
5. Providence (56)