Wildcats take 10 events to defeat La Salle in dual action

08 Dec 2021 | 17:39 | Swimming & Diving

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova racked up 10 wins to take down La Salle 176-121 on Tuesday at the Villanova Swim Complex.

Kelly Montesi (Greenwich, Conn.) continued her streak of strong outings, leading Villanova (3-1) with victories in the 100 fly (56.16), 50 fly (25.46) and 100 IM (58.78), setting personal bests in the latter two events.

Perri Stahl (La Grange, Ill.) and Audrey Pastorek (Savannah, Ga.) also tallied multi-win days over La Salle (2-3), winning two apiece. The duo were a part of the Wildcats’ winning 200 Medley group (1:48.74) alongside Molly Benson (Kensington, Md.) and Cara Stapleton (Dublin, Ireland). Stahl recorded top-two finishes in all four of her events, also winning the 50 breast (30.27). As for Pastorek, she won the 100 fly with a season-best 58.05 and was second in the 100 IM, setting a new personal best with a 1:00.68 mark.

Andrea Holtz (Rosemount, Minn.) was the lone diver for the Wildcats in the meet. She set a new personal best with a win in the 1-meter (258.29).
As a whole, Villanova swept the top-three in three events, those being the 100 free, 50 fly and 100 IM.

Abbey Berloco (Cranbury, N.J.) was the top ‘Cat in the 100 free, touching the wall in 51.57. Milly Routledge (North, Ascot, U.K.) and Stapleton followed behind her in second (52.30) and third (54.01).

Kailtin Gravell (Ashton, Md.) and Stahl picked up a 1-2 combination in a close 100 breast finish with Gravell edging out Stahl for the win with 1:06.66 and 1:06.73 times, respectively.
Another top-two pairing came in the 500 free with Nicole Welch (Beverly, Mass.) touching the wall for the win in 5:07.88. Francesca Raimondi (Manhasset, N.Y.) came in second with a 5:15.27 showing.

Montesi led a trio of Wildcats at the top of the 50 fly. Berloco turned in a personal best swim of 26.25 that was good enough for second while Elizabeth Bailey (Brookhaven, Ga.) touched third at 26.44. Much of the same came in the 100 IM with Montesi taking first, followed by Pastorek in second (1:00.68) and Gravel and Bailey both in third (1:03.21).

The next time Villanova is back in the pool for competition will be after the new year when Richmond comes to town on Jan. 14 for a 3 p.m. meet.

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