SWIMMING AND DIVING | Georgetown Sinks in First Home Meet
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 02:10
The Georgetown swimming and diving teams concluded their first home competition and second meet of the season this past Saturday against visiting teams from William & Mary and Towson. Both Georgetown teams entered the tri-meet with 0-1 records following their season-opening meet against Delaware, and both teams also fell short of redemption. The men lost to William & Mary 198-64 and to the Towson Tigers 205-79, and the women lost by scores of 221-73 and 247-53. William & Mary and Towson opened CAA conference competition against each other on Saturday, with each program taking away one out of two possible victories.
On the men’s side, the Tribe’s (3-0, 1-0 CAA) triumph over the Hoyas (0-3) and the Tigers (3-1, 0-1 CAA), furthered their undefeated season record and gave them their first conference victory. William & Mary sophomore Billy Russell led the Tribe to victory with a total of six wins during the meet and anchored his team’s 400-yard free relay, winning in 3:07.97 and breaking the pool record.
Towson split the overall competition, trailing behind William & Mary 162-122. Towson’s freshmen contributed heavily to the Tigers’ overall success during the meet, with Nick Breschi earning second in both the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard backstroke, Brandon Ress winning the 1,000-yard freestyle, and Jeremy Liu winning the 100 yard breaststroke.
For Georgetown, the 200-yard medley relay squad, consisting of freshman Martin Vanin, junior Michael Young and senior co-captains Christian Kilgore and Matthew Mandel, finished second in 1:35.52. Junior Michael Ng finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.19.
On the women’s side, the undefeated Tigers (4-0, 1-0 CAA) dominated the Tribe (2-1, 0-1 CAA) and the Hoyas (0-3), with a particularly impressive performance from Towson senior Kaitlin Burke. Burke carried her team by earning first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.50), the 500-yard freestyle (4:56.85) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:06.30). Towson sophomore Charlotte Holz also placed two wins, finishing first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley relay.
The Tribe made up for its 221-73 loss to the Tigers by securing victories over the Hoyas in several events, including the 100-yard fly, the 200-yard medley relay, and the 400-yard free relay. William and Mary junior Megan Howard was a key contributor in all three of these performances and also went on to lead her team with three individual wins for the day.
Georgetown sophomores Maryellen Campbell, Erin Timochenko and Erica Fabbri and freshman Kathleen Duncalf placed third in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.66. Junior Lauren Kahan finished second in the 1-meter diving competition, earning a score of 224.85.
Although the Hoyas did not emerge victorious from their home opener, next weekend’s meet presents an opportunity for them to reclaim the home advantage as they play host to the Yale Bulldogs. Head Coach James Holder is looking ahead to this upcoming opportunity.
“We expected to swim faster, but William & Mary and Towson are both a little ahead of us right now,” Holder said. “It’s only our second meet of the year so we’ll get back in the pool and continue to work toward improving for Saturday’s meet with Yale.”
Georgetown will be back at McCarthy Pool on Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Yale Bulldogs splash into town.