In the first women’s event, Mary Snyder and 3 teammates opened the night by cracking a school record in the 800 yard freestyle with a winning time of 7:11:35. For Mary, a native of St. Charles, Ill. and daughter of Cathy McBryan Snyder ’80 BSN, it was her second straight win in the event at the Big East Championship (the relay team also won it the previous two years before Mary joined them, for a total of four in a row) . Mary was named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Swimming and Diving team on March 15 for her contributions in this event as well as the A finals in the 500 free (3rd place), 200 free (see below) and 100 free (6th place). According to a team release, there were 81 student-athletes named to the All-BIG EAST team. Villanova’s women’s team led the conference with 14; the men had 9. “I was so happy and honored to represent Villanova’s College of Nursing at Big East Championships!” says Mary, who hopes to launch her pediatric nursing career at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she externed last summer.