SWIMMING & DIVING | Senior Day Ends in Defeat
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 02:01
Georgetown swimming and diving had a tough day at McCarthy Pool on Saturday. The Hoyas honored their seven departing seniors in the final home meet of their collegiate careers but lost to Drexel.
The women came out on the losing side of a close meet, finishing 156-141. The men faced the same fate, falling to the Dragons 161-125.
The Blue and Gray recognized Rosemary Christian, Michelle Konkoly, Jen Purks, Allison Fulenwider, Matthew Mandel, Josh Tucci and Christian Kilgore for their time in the program.
“They’ve been a great group of swimmers and divers for the last four years. They were freshmen when I first started here,” Head Coach Jamie Holder said. “Their numbers have dwindled a little bit since I didn’t recruit them, and since I think we brought a different level of intensity to the program than we had previously. They really stuck it out and developed the team to where it is now. It’s a testament to their leadership to see the development of the team. You’ve always got to leave the program better then when you found it, and I would say they definitely have done that.”
Kilgore and Mandel had a strong finish to their home careers, winning the 200-yard medley relay with teammates Michael Smigelski and David Chung in 1:26.92. Sophomore Austin Evanson continued his success in long distance events, winning the 1000 freestyle after swimming for over 10 minutes, while teammate Greg Romanov finished second. Evanson followed that performance with a win in the 500 freestyle.
“I think it’s what we’re expecting from him, week in and week out. He’s someone we can count on,” Holder said. “There are people that we can count on in all of our events, I think, and I’m excited to see what the entire team can do in the next couple weeks with the Big East coming up.”
The Hoyas also relied on sophomore Nicole Tronolone on the women’s side. She won the 1000 and 500 freestyle events. In the 1000, fellow Hoyas Emily Hall and Shannon McNulty finished second and third.
The women also took the top four spots in the 200 butterfly, finishing with Jillian Carter in first followed by Casey Bandman, Jessica Gaudiosi and Lauren Ward.
“The women did do a very good job in the 200 fly. That was more of a weaker event for Drexel, not to take anything away from our girls. They did perform very well,” Holder said.
Bandman took first in the 400 individual medley, followed by three more Hoyas — Kim DiNapoli, McNulty and Gaudiosi.
The men’s side also included individual victories. Freshman Martin Vanin took first in the 100 butterfly, and Evan Grey won the 400 individual medley.
Even though the Blue and Gray took the loss, Holder was still pleased with the way his team performed and the direction in which they are heading.
“I still thought overall our performances were good. Especially this month it’s been a lot of racing,” Holder said. “To have four meets in three weekends is a pretty packed schedule, so we’ve done a lot of racing this month. It’s good. They’re really showing a lot of heart and I’m excited.”
Following the loss to Drexel, Georgetown only has one more meet, against Rutgers and Providence, before heading off to the Big East championships at the end of February. Holder is excited for the culmination of his team’s hard work.
“This is what we train for all year long, to perform our best at the Big East,” Holder said. “The team is really excited, and we’ve developed a lot over this season into a team that expects to perform well and expects to be fighting to win and racing hard.”