SWIMMING & DIVING | Against BC, Teams Notch First Wins
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 01:10
After losing to William & Mary and Towson in the first home meet of the season last weekend, Georgetown’s swimming and diving teams dove back into McCarthy Pool on Saturday to earn a victory over Boston College. The women’s team (1-3) beat Boston College 162.5-135.5, while the men (1-3), who also played host to Yale for additional competition, defeated BC with a score of 151.5-145.5. The men’s team was soundly defeated by Yale.
The Boston College Eagles entered Saturday’s meet after earning sweeping victories in the Northeast Catholic Invite last weekend, held at their home pool. The men’s team scored a total of 931 points, with the next closest competitor, Niagara University, coming in at only 581 points. The Boston College women’s team also sealed an impressive victory, concluding the invite with 938.5 points, with two swimmers breaking NECI records.
The Eagles’ NECI momentum, however, was put to a stop this weekend, as the Hoyas earned top spots in the first three events of the day. In the women’s 200-yard medley, the squad of freshman Kathleen Duncalf and sophomores Maryellen Campbell, Erin Timochenko and Erica Fabbri won with a time of 1:50.42. The men’s team immediately followed suit in their 200-yard medley, with the squad of freshman Martin Vanin, junior Michael Young and senior co-captains Christian Kilgore and Matthew Mandel finishing first in 1:35.78. In the third event, the women’s 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Sarah Grundman (10:47.77) and junior Emily Hall (10:54.86) took first and second place, respectively.
The women’s team dominated numerous other events during the day, earning additional first-place victories in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle, the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard IM and the one-meter diving.
Junior diver Lauren Kahan continued a strong start to the season by defending her first-place spot in the one-meter diving with a score of 210.20. Kahan also earned second in the one-meter diving during the tri-meet against William & Mary and Towson, when she finished with a score of 224.85.
A trio of hardworking freshmen on the women’s team contributed significantly to the Hoya’s success. Duncalf, Grundman and Molly Gaynor each won two individual events apiece. Duncalf won the 100-yard backstroke in an even 1:00.00 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.92, while freshman Emma Cammann and sophomore Erin Timochenko followed to seal the top three places in the event. In addition to her sizeable win in the 1000-yard freestyle, Grundman earned first in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 5:15.19. Gaynor won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:10.34 and then the 100-yard butterfly in 58.48.
The men’s team was also successful despite facing both BC and Yale. The Bulldogs were especially tough competitors, taking first in several events throughout the day. Mandel (22.25) and sophomore Michael Smigelski (22.32) took the top two spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Vanin also showed a strong performance, finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.48 and third in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.88.
Saturday’s meet was the first time in Head Coach James Holder’s tenure at Georgetown that the Hoyas swam against either Boston College or Yale. He expressed his satisfaction with his teams’ results.
“I was really happy with the way we raced and thought the team stepped up well to the challenge we had this weekend,” Holder said.
This was the last competition for the Hoyas before they travel to Piscataway, N.J., on Nov. 8th for the Big East Quad Meet, during which Rutgers will play host to Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova. The quad meet will be an opportunity for the Hoyas to have a rematch of last February’s meet against several tough Big East rivals, all of whom posed challenges for both the men’s and women’s teams. Last season, the men’s team defeated Seton Hall. The women’s team finished last.