The Georgetown swimming and diving team rallied on Saturday afternoon at McCarthy Pool, delivering a strong performance in its first meet of 2011 — even after a week spent coping with freshman swimmer Michelle Konkoly’s fall from the window of her fifth-floor Village C West room on Tuesday.

The Georgetown men outdid American University by a margin of 192-87, while the Lady Hoyas prevailed over the Eagles 222-65. James Madison University, bringing only its women’s team to the meet, defeated the Blue and Gray women 182-115.

“Overall I was pretty happy with how they did, considering the week that we’ve had, and we haven’t raced in a long time,” Head Coach Jamie Holder said. “I wasn’t expecting much, and they did pretty well.”

Konkoly, a sprint freestyle swimmer, remains at George Washington University Hospital, where she is being treated for an injured spine, a broken right foot, broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

For Holder, Konkoly’s hospitalization threw a curveball that required his team to persevere.

“We just tried to get back to normal as much as we could, and focus on what we had to do. Obviously with some difficult times you’ve got to just press forward,” Holder said. “We’re all thinking about her [Konkoly], and she’s thinking about us, and we’ll get through it stronger.”

In the pool, sophomores Samantha Kietlinski and Sarah Chiles delivered two first-place finishes for the Blue and Gray in the 100-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle in times of 53.23 and 5:08.12, respectively. Chiles finished over four seconds in front of the runner-up from James Madison.

The Lady Hoyas also dominated the 200-yard freestyle, placing four of the top five finishers. Kietlinski beat out Chiles by less than a second for first place with a time of 1:55.38, while Senior Megan Harvey and Junior Kristen Pratt finished in third and fifth place. Freshman standout Lauren Opatrny won the 200-yard medley in the final individual women’s event of the meet.

Sophomore Amy Ballanfant, while not winning any individual races, earned the distinction of qualifying for February’s Big East Championships in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Ballanfant placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.99 while qualifying with a time of 54.27 in the 100-yard freestyle. The sophomore swam first in the 200-yard freestyle relay for Georgetown’s A lineup, which was anchored by Kietlinski and won the race in a time of 1:40.77.

Holder was particularly pleased with the performances of the sprinters on the men’s side of the meet. Freshman Matt Mandel doubled up on victories with first-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Jens Brenninkmeyer and sophomore Ken Ryan finished second and third in the 100-yard freestyle just behind Mandel.

In the distance races, sophomore Paul Quincy cruised to victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle in times of 10:02.53 and 4:51.45. Quincy had previously set school records in both races in late November and outpaced his runner-up in the 1,000-yard freestyle by over 27 seconds.

Holder also pointed to the performance of junior Victor Lopez-Cantera, who finished ahead of runner-up senior teammate Keenan Timko for first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.54. Lopez-Cantera later teamed up with Brenninkmeyer, Ryan and Mandel for a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Finally, seniors Thomas Graham and Ray Zomerfeld took first in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively, with times of 1:01.12 and 2:11.51.

From the diving board, junior Angela Pontes qualified for the Big East Championships with her best score of the year in the one-meter competition. Senior Caitlin Karnisky nearly reached the NCAA zone cut with her personal best performances of the year from both the one-meter and the three-meter boards.

“[It was] definitely one of our best meets of the year, which is where we should be at this point in the season. … I think they met my expectations,” Diving Coach Emily Richmond said. “We had a really great training trip, and they’ve been practicing well and definitely getting a lot more consistent.”

Richmond was most impressed by the performance of junior Brian McCallister, who performed a back one and a half summersault with two and a half twists from the three-meter board. According to Richmond it was the most difficult dive of the meet and was McCallister’s highest score of the year. McCallister also received his best score of the year from the one-meter board, performing a back summersault with two and a half twists for the first time in a competition.

Georgetown now prepares for its second consecutive home meet next weekend, this time against its D.C. neighbor, George Washington. Only two meets remain before the Big East Championships.

“[We] still have some work to do before Big Easts, and then we’ll start to rest, hopefully get a little sharper, and get ready for the Championships,” Holder said.

Next week’s meet is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at McCarthy Pool.

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