SWIMMING & DIVING | GU Defeats Providence In Final Dual Meet
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 00:02
The Georgetown swimming and diving team finished the regular season on a high note, with both the men’s and women’s teams picking up wins. The men’s team beat Providence 173-92 and the women’s team defeated Providence 176.50-101.50 before falling to Rutgers 182-89.
The Rutgers women’s team dominated the meet, winning 13 out of the 15 events on its Senior Day. It looks to be a formidable opponent in the upcoming Big East Championships
Although the Georgetown women did not win any individual events, the team secured many second and third- place finishes. This proved to be a good omen for the events against the Friars.
The women will hope to replicate their success against Providence in next week’s Big East championships. The Hoyas entered this meet with a bigger goal of fine-tuning before the postseason, but the wins over the Friars should also prove to be a confidence booster for both the men and women.
The Hoyas showed very well in their relay events, as they have done for most of the season. The men’s teams won both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. The women’s team won the 200 freestyle relay.
As Head Coach Jamie Holder predicted earlier in the week, several swimmers saw their event schedules shuffled. The unfamiliar situations did not faze the athletes, however, and the team performed well throughout the day.
The women, despite being swept, continued to be successsful in the butterfly events. In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Erica Fabbri and junior Jillian Carter finished second and third, respectively. Fabbri also finished second in the 100 butterfly.
Junior Casey Bandman and freshman Emma Cammann also contributed significantly to the overall team score. Bandman finished second in the 200 freestyle, while Cammann finished second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 backstroke.
The divers on both the men’s and women’s squads were successful over the weekend as well. For the women, junior Lauren Kahan and sophomore Casandra Schwartz finished third and fourth in the 1-meter diving event. For the men, freshman Jared Cooper-Vespa won both the 1m and 3m diving competitions.
Freshman Martin Vanin continued to excel in his freshman campaign, although this weekend he competed in different events. He won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.24, just edging Georgetown teammate, senior Matthew Mandel, by .01 seconds.
The men finished 1-2 in the 100 butterfly. Junior Michael Ng won with a time of 52.20, while freshman David Chung finished second at 52.27. Senior Joshua Tucci placed fourth at 54.48, and Junior Michael Young finished fifth with 54.70.
The Hoyas also won the 100 freestyle with freshman David Chung grabbing the first-place finish with a time of 48.14.
Georgetown will compete next at the Big East championships, which will be held in Sewell, N.J., starting on Feb. 19. Both the men and women will look to build off of their strong finishes and carry that momentum into the postseason. In addition to that momentum, the teams will need to be in top physical shape as they compete with the best the conference has to offer.