SWIMMING | Towson Meet Ends With Defeats for Georgetown
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 00:10
Just as Head Coach James Holder had predicted, the Georgetown men’s swim team was locked in a dogfight at Towson Saturday.
The result, however, fell on the wrong side of the ledger, with the men losing 154-134. On the women’s side, the Tigers easily outdistanced the Hoyas, 188.5-106.5.
Although the Blue and Gray did not emerge from the pool victorious, their 11 event wins — including in all four relays — were a testament to the team’s continued improvement.
“My expectations were that we’d swim better than we did in our first heat against Delaware, and we definitely did,” Head Coach James Holder said. “I think almost everybody swam a lot better races. I’m really pleased with where we are.”
Although the women knew they would have a tough time beating a strong Towson squad, they competed well, notching several key performances.
“We were able to come away with a couple [of] wins, especially in the [200-yard medley] relay,” Holder said. “It set a good tone for the meet, winning the first event.”
The 200 medley relay team of junior Lauren Opatrny, freshmen Maryellen Campbell, Erin Timochenko and Erica Fabbri won with a time of 1:48.55, less than a second in front of Towson.
Timochenko also competed in the 100 butterfly, finishing third. Though she did not win, Holder was very pleased with Timochenko’s improvement.
“Her 100 butterfly was very impressive; we’re working hard right now. That’s a pretty fast time for her for this time of year,” Holder said.
Opatrny, another member of the medley relay team, also made an important contribution for the Blue and Gray, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:09.59.
“She had a really good 200 IM, two seconds faster than the Delaware meet,” Holder said.
Opatrny was also a part of the winning 400 freestyle relay team along with Fabbri, senior Amy Ballanfant and senior Sarah Chiles.
Fabbri, a member of both relay teams, won the 100 freestyle in 54.72, while Chiles finished third in the event with a time of 54.91.
The men’s team, which competed closely with Towson, was disappointed with the loss but still turned in strong performances in both the relays and individual events.
“I was hoping we’d be able to make the meet a little closer on the guys’ side, but there were a few races that didn’t go our way that may have changed the outcome of the meet,” Holder said. “But I was really pleased with how they swam.”
The men won the 200 yard medley relay in 1:35.82, over two seconds faster than Towson, with a team of sophomore Michael Ng, junior Christian Kilgore, senior Victor Lopez-Cantera and junior Matt Mandel.
Ng claimed victory in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes, with respective times of 52.69 and 1:55.33, while Kilgore won the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes in 59.80 and 2:12.85, respectively, and the 200 IM in 1:59.40.
The men were also victorious in the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, thanks to Lopez-Cantera, Mandel, freshman Cal Rhode and sophomore Will Lawler.
“We came away with the last win, at least on the guys’ side, so I think overall it gives us some confidence as a team,” Holder said of the relay.
With the Towson meet now behind it, the team can use the momentum from its event victories there to focus on its upcoming Big East quad meet.
“We’re working really hard right now and basically we will continue to do so. They should have some good confidence going into our next competition,” Holder said.
The two-day format of the Big East meet will allow swimmers the chance to participate in all of their best events without having to worry about back to back heats.
“Everyone should be able to swim all their key events. We’re looking forward to some good swims,” Holder said.