08 Dec 2021 | 17:40 | Swimming & Diving
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Kelly Montesi (Greenwich, Conn.) won her second event in as many days at the WVU Invitational, this time in the 400 IM, to help Villanova women’s swimming & diving hold onto its first-place spot through the second day of competition at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.
The Wildcats have scored 1270 points to this point of the competition. They recorded 11 top-five finishes, six of those coming in the top three. For total team scores, VU is second overall at 2097.5.
Montesi competed in four of the seven swimming events during the second day, finishing no lower than second in each of them. Her win in the 400 IM (4:15.08) is her second victory in the event on the season, the last one coming in the dual meet with Penn on Nov. 11. She highlighted a Villanova crew that owned three of the top-five places in the 400 IM A-finals. Kaitlin Gravell (Ashton, Md.) touched the wall second (4:19.01) with Audrey Pastorek (Savannah, Ga.) coming in fourth (4:28.82).
The senior provided the opening leg of Villanova’s second-place team in the 200 Medley, teaming up with Perri Stahl (La Grange, Ill.), Elizabeth Bailey (Brookhaven, Ga.) and Milly Routledge (North Ascot, U.K.) for a 1:42.90 finish.
Bailey finished third in the A-Final of the 100 Fly (56.14) with Molly Benson (Kensington, Md.) earning seventh (57.45).
Villanova had four swimmers in the 200 Free A-Finals, led by Routledge who finished fourth (1:49.97) with Nicole Welch close behind in fifth (1:51.23).
Stahl recorded a new personal best in the 100 Breast with a 1:04.11 finish that was good enough for fourth in the field.
Montesi reset her personal best in the 100 back twice on Friday, swimming a 54.73 time in the prelims before shaving her time down to 54.05 for second place.
The final relay event of the day saw Villanova’s unit of Montesi, Benson, Welch and Routledge get just edged out of first by William and Mary, earning second with a 7:25.52 swim.
Andrea Holtz (Rosemount, Minn.) was the lone Wildcat in the 1-meter dives, earning 13th-place in prelims with a 207.35 score.
The Villanova women head into the final day of competition leading second-place William and Mary who is second at 1090. The hosting Mountaineers round out the top three with a 1066 team score.
The event wraps up on Saturday with events starting at 10 a.m. Live results will once again be available via WVUsports.com/swimresults and Meet Mobile. Diving results can be found on DiveMeets.com.