SWIMMING & DIVING | Hoyas Place 2nd at Conference Meet
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 01:02
The Georgetown men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished off their season with second-place finishes in the Big East championships.
The Hoyas entered the swimming section of the Big East championships having already received a boost from their diving teams. For the men, freshman Jared Cooper-Vespa earned the bronze medal in the 1-meter diving competition and the silver medal in the 3m diving competition. On the women’s side, Junior Lauren Kahan earned the bronze medal in the 1m diving competition.
The Hoyas were led by senior Christian Kilgore. In his final meet of his college career, the senior took home two gold medals in the 100 yard breaststroke and as a member of the 400 medley. He also finished in third place in the 200 breaststroke.
Meanwhile sophomore Erica Fabbri led the women, setting four school records and winning bronze in the 50 freestyle, silver in the 100 butterfly, bronze in the 400 freestyle relay and silver in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Hoyas continued their dominance in the butterfly events on both the men’s and women’s side. Freshman Martin Vanin was able to finish third in both the 100 and the 200 butterfly. While in the women’s 100 butterfly, Georgetown had three top five finishers.
“I thought it was an overall great team performance. We really performed well as a team,” Head Coach Jamie Holder said. “Everybody really stepped up and did a really great job.”
The Hoyas finished the second day with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The relay team consisted of freshmen Emma Cammann and Molly Gaynor and sophomores Erin Timochenko and Fabbri. After the second day of competition, the Hoyas were in second place — just 32 points behind the strong Villanova team.
Prior to the meet, Holder believed the relays would be a strength for both teams. Holder’s prediction proved to be correct as both the men and women earned podium finishes in relay events.
“I thought our butterfly swimmers really shined, but also our 400 IM swimmers,” Holder said. “We had four girls in the top eight and we had three guys in the top eight.”
Entering the final day of the Big East championships, the Hoyas were in second place on both the men’s and women’s sides. The women trailed Villanova 567 to 511.50, while the men trailed Xavier 637 to 493.50.
As the final day wrapped up, no change in the standings occurred on either the men or women’s side. The men’s team finished with 715.50 total points — far behind Xavier’s 924 points — and earned the silver medal.
The women finished with 690 points, well behind first-place Villanova’s 842 points.
Holder knew that the Villanova women and Xavier men would be their biggest competition in the Big East championships.
“I thought we had the ability to get second. I did not think we would be that far ahead of the third place teams,” Holder said. “In all honestly, I thought we were going to be closer to Xavier and a little further away from Villanova.”
The season has been a long one filled with lots of excitement and challenges for the Blue and Grey. The teams struggled at times against difficult non-conference opponents, but were able to find success against their Big East rivals during the regular season.
Holder believes that the Hoyas have proved themselves to the stronger teams like Xavier and Villanova.
“We put a scare into them. Clearly they are a very strong teams, but I think that on both the girls and the guys side we showed that we are a team to be respected and reckoned with,” Holder said.