SWIMMING & DIVING | Men Sweep District Rivals
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 24, 2014 01:01
Georgetown’s swimming and diving team had an exciting weekend against two Washington, D.C. rivals. The men’s team finished a weekend sweep, defeating American on Friday and edging out George Washington on Saturday. Meanwhile, the women turned in mixed results, beating American before falling to GW on Saturday.
Georgetown started strong against American, opening the day with the men and the women winning the 200-yard medley. The men’s team — comprised of freshman Martin Vanin, senior Christian Kilgore, junior Michael Young and senior Matthew Mandel — finished in 1:36.48. The squad has performed strongly in the event this year. On the women’s side, freshman Emma Cammann, sophomore Erin Timochenko, freshman Molly Gaynor and senior Allison Fulenwider finished in 1:52.91.
“The relays were big to start things off in terms of winning the medley for both the men and the women,” Head Coach Jamie Holder. said “Starting off strong really helps keep the momentum going.”
The Hoyas also excelled in the diving portion of the meet. Freshman Jared Cooper-Vespa won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, while junior Lauren Kahan and sophomore Casandra Schwartz placed first and second in the women’s one-meter dive respectively.
“Diving was pretty good for us too. Jared ended up getting first, and the girls really did a good job kind of neutralizing them,” Holder said.
The women’s team grabbed another one-two finish in the 200 freestyle, led by sophomore Nicole Tronolone and sophomore Erica Fabbri’s performances. The Hoyas added two more first-place finishes — Fabbri won the 100 freestyle, and junior Casey Bandman won the 200 Individual Medley.
The men’s team dominated the 50 freestyle, the 200 butterfly and the 200 freestyle medley, sweeping the top three places in each. Freshman Evan Grey won the 1000 freestyle.
Thanks to those efforts, the men’s team won 133-102 while the women won 149-92.
“Overall, it was a really good team effort,” Holder said.
George Washington proved to be the tougher opponent of the weekend. The men managed a 136-125 victory. However, the women could not match that success and lost 160-94.5.
“It was a tough meet. Clearly, we had to fight and scratch for every point that we needed. The guys only won by 11 points, so that’s basically a race going one way or the other, but I was really happy with how they performed. Even though the girls didn’t come up on the winning end…I thought it was a gutsy performance from both teams,” said Holder.
Again, the Blue and Gray started off strong in the 200 medley relay. The men won in 1:37.25 with junior Michael Ng, sophomore Michael Smigelski, freshman David Chung and freshman Will Leach. Georgetown’s winning relay team from the American meet was disqualified.
Sophomore Austin Evenson came through for the Hoyas with two strong performances. First, the sophomore won the 1000 freestyle and then the 500 freestyle.
“I think his races were actually kind of the keys to the men winning because when we won the medley relay, we would have one-two-ed it, but our A relay got [disqualified], so that sort of took some wind out of our sails,” Holder said. “He was able to get us back on track. … He came from behind and won, and it was just like he wasn’t going to be denied. He just kind of kept the momentum going and then really closed the door on them.”
Ng and Chung also took home individual victories in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle, respectively. For the women, Fabbri won the 50 free. The women also won the 400 freestyle relay.
“Just like American, it was very much a team effort. Third, fourth and fifth places were very important,” Holder said.
Georgetown will return immediately to action this weekend, facing off against Drexel in their penultimate dual meet of the season. The Hoyas will honor their seniors on Saturday, their final home meet of the year.
“Drexel’s a team we haven’t swam [against] in a while, but they are pretty good. They will give us all we can handle,” Holder said. “We’ll just try to make sure we are racing to our ability and doing things right.”
Based on this weekend, Holder doesn’t think racing to their full ability will be too much of a problem for his team. Their strong performances against fellow D.C. schools this weekend has shown they can compete against formidable opponents and scratch out wins.
“I think we did a great job of racing on Saturday, and I think we’ve made a statement that we could be considered the best team in D.C.,” Holder said.