The Georgetown women’s swimming team will return ten of the 13 swimmers who earned All-Big East honors last season.

After a strong showing at last season’s Big East Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are poised to carry on their momentum from last season. The women’s team finished in second place at the tournament for the fifth consecutive season, while the men earned third place honors on February 24. A strong group of swimmers will return for both teams.

For the men, sophomore Drew Carbone, senior Arthur Wang and senior Ryan Blom, who all had strong performances at the championships last year, stand out as top performers. Carbone was named the Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the tournament after taking home two gold medals and a silver in his first Big East Championships.

Wang broke Georgetown’s 200-yard breaststroke record at the meet, a record that he already held. Diver Ryan Blom supported his second-place performance in the men’s 3-meter at the 2017 Big East Championship with another second-place finish.

For the women, Molly Fitzpatrick won her fourth Big East title in the women’s 200-yard breastroke. After securing another gold in the 100-yard breaststroke, Fitzpatrick ended her Georgetown career with seven gold medals in breaststroke events at Big East Championships. The departure of Fitzpatrick creates a void the Hoyas will need to fill if they hope to replicate their successes over the last five years.

Coupled with Blom’s performance was the success of then-freshman Elizabeth Miller, who earned Most Outstanding Women’s Diver following her victory in the 1-meter event and second place finish in the 3-meter event.

The women once again appear primed for success, as they welcome back ten of the 13 women who were named to the All-Big East Team last season. Head Coach Jack Leavitt is optimistic about the women’s team future and looks forward to welcoming six freshmen to the team.

“They are going to bring so much to our team and the Georgetown community, even beyond their swimming ability. This group personifies the type of people that we want representing Georgetown swimming & diving”, Leavitt said in an interview with GUHoyas.

Leavitt also spoke highly of the five recruits for the men’s team that have signed with the Hoyas, and felt they would transition seamlessly in the pool as well as in the locker room. “We couldn’t be happier with this group of guys,” Leavitt said. “When we brought them on campus last fall, they just fit in so well with our team. Also, it’s a really adaptable group that should make an impact right away from the 50-free all the way up to the mile and everything in between.”

Formidable opponents still lie ahead of Georgetown in the Big East, namely Villanova and Seton Hall, as the Wildcats and the Pirates defeated the Hoyas by 115.5 and 88 points respectively at last year’s Big East Championships. For the time being though, the Hoyas will direct their attention toward Davidson, as they welcome the Wildcats to campus on October 6.

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