It was an exciting finish at the Big East 2018 Swimming and Diving Championship this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. After days of back and forth, the Seton Hall men’s team emerged as champions, narrowly defeating the Villanova men’s squad. This is Seton Hall’s second straight men’s title in swimming and diving. For a while, it looked like Villanova would win its first Big East men’s swimming and diving title in 25 years. The Seton Hall men were actually trailing heading into the final night of the four-day competition. But a late push and a narrow first place win by the Seton Hall men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team put the Pirates over the top. The Pirates finished the meet with a score of 777.0, with Villanova knocking on the door at 749.5.
On the women’s side, Villanova was able to claim first place for the fifth straight year. Unlike the men’s competition, the Wildcats built a lead early in the competition and never looked back. The women of Georgetown finished in second place, also for the fifth straight year. Villanova solidified its reputation of complete dominance in relays with another convincing gold medal performance in the 400-yard freestyle relay to cap off the competition and finish the event with a sweep of the relay events. The lady Wildcats notched an impressive final tally of 966.5, while the runner-up women of Georgetown scored a 628.5.