Villa Maria Swimmmers Share AACA Championship

Tie with with Mount St. Joseph

Villa Maria and Mount St. Joseph's pose with their shared trophy at the AACA Swimming championship.

Villa Maria and Mount St. Joseph pose with their shared trophy at the AACA Swimming championship.

On Sunday, February 14, Villa Maria’s swim team competed in the AACA championships at Upper Dublin High School, and for the 12th consecutive year Villa Maria came out on top, though this year they finished in a rare swim meet tie with Mount St. Joseph. The two teams battled back and forth all morning long on Sunday for the overall team scoring title.

Villa’s Emily Cornell, Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro, and Maura McManus got the team off to a great start with a win in the 200 yard Medley Relay in a time of 1:49.22, just touching out a great Gwynedd team. Next up, freshmen Alexa Turco captured 5th in the 200 yard Freestyle in a time of 2:01.75 with Grace Carey (7th) and Kyra Kowalewksi(10th) close behind. In the 200 Individual Medley, Cornell had a great swim to get on the medal stand with 2nd place in a time of 2:09.83, followed by Hope Reynolds(8th), Elizabeth Law(9th), and Nicole Saladino(11th). In the final event of the first session, the 50 freestyle, Villa once again showed its depth with Giampietro(2nd), Nina Smith(3rd), McManus(5th), and Sammy Murphy(15th) all scoring for the team. At the first break Villa was down by only 3 points.

One of the many highlights of the morning came next when Freshmen Riley Miller finished in second place with a point total of 196.25. Riley’s highest score of the year earning the team important points in the overall meet.

Villa Maria team members celebrate at the AACA championship meet.

Villa Maria team members celebrate at the AACA championship meet.

Starting the second session, Villa continued their great swims with 4 swimmers scoring in the 100 butterfly. Led by sophomore Kaitlyn Agger who captured 3rd place in 59.59, Mark Katherine Clark(8th), Amy McHale(9th), and Maggie McNamara(11th). Next up was the 100 freestyle and just like the 50, Villa did it again just moving some positions around within McManus taking 2nd in 55.02 just touching out Giampietro 3rd in 55.04, Smith (5th), Chick(7th), and Murphy(15th). With the 500 Freestyle, Villa showed they could not only sprint but handle the distance as well with Agger taking 4th in 5:18.22, Turco(5th), Carey(6th), Clark(9th), and Fran Grill(13th). In the final event of the second session, Villa’s 200 Yard Freestyle relay of Cornell, Smith, Giampietro, and Cornell ran away and won by two seconds in a time of 1:39.70. Villa had surged ahead in overall points.

As the final session started everyone knew it was going to be a close meet. In the 100 Backstroke, Cornell medaled once again taking 2nd in a time of 58.65, followed by Kira Buchler(4th), Reynolds(6th), and Kowalewksi(11th). In the 100 breaststroke Kaitlyn Chick led the way with a 5th place finish in a time of 1:10.53, followed by Law(10th) and Saladino(11th). The final event of the day was the 400 Yard Freestyle relay where Villa captured 4th place in a time of 3:46.46.

When the officials added up all the scores it came out to a rare tie with Villa and Mount St. Joseph each scoring 488 points, and Gwynedd-Mercy taking 3rd with 381.

It was a great day for all the Villa swimmers who competed and the best moment was watching both teams get together to share in the trophy celebration. As Villa continues on and looks to higher goals it was great to see the support they gave to each other and all their friends on the other teams. Next up is districts on March 4th. Villa has qualified 20 swimmers and Riley Miller has qualified for diving.