The Villa Maria Academy swim team captured its sixth consecutive PIAA Class AA State Swimming title on March 19, 2016, with a team point total of 314.5. The title caps a season in which they also won their 14th consecutive PIAA District 1 championship and 12th consecutive AACA title.
Key performances at the state meet held at Bucknell University included a first place finish by team captain and senior Emily Cornell in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:49.56, 2 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Cornell captured Villa’s only individual gold medal of the meet. Villa Maria’s 200 Freestyle relay team of Emily Cornell, Nina Smith, Olivia Giampietro, and Maura McManus won their race with a new state record time. Cornell and juniors Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro, and Maura McManus combined to take second place in the 200 Medley Relay.
On day two of the meet, three Villa Maria backstroke swimmers qualified for the finals. Emily Cornell took second with a time of 55.27, Hope Reynolds finished sixth in 58.28, and sophomore Kira Buchler was seventh in 58.80. The Villa Maria team also won third place in the 400 Freestyle relay with a time of 3:35.86.
Overall, the strong Villa Maria team of 15 swimmers scored points across a range of events for a dominating team victory. Thirteen Villa Maria girls earned All State honors. The final score of the meet was Villa 314.5, Gwynedd Mercy 214, Shady Side Academy 116.