Jan. 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University swimming and diving team were outlasted by George Washington in a close dual meet the came down to the last relay, with the Hoya women falling, 132-129 and the men losing by a score of 141-113.
The Hoyas started strong on both sides of the 1000 yard freestyle, as Sarah Chiles earned points with a second place finish in a time of 10:44.10, with Emily Hall finishing third in 10:50.82. On the men's side Paul Quincy continued his dominance in the 1000 yard freestyle, taking first place in 9:48.57 to earn nine points for the Hoya men.
In the 100 yard backstroke the women fell short of the top spot, but claimed places two through four as Lauren Opatrny finished second in 1:00.76 followed by freshmen Virginia Carefoote and Kim DiNapoli.
Rosemary Christian picked up a win for the Hoyas in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.08, while Bailey Dowe finished third in 1:10.64. Kristen Pratt followed that with a win in the 200 yard butterfly, finishing in 2:09.59, as Casey Bandman claimed third place to help GU move in front on the women's side.
The Blue & Gray women continued to roll as Amy Ballanfant won the 50 yard freestyle in 25.15, with Opatrny finishing a tenth-of-a-second behind in 25.26. Ballanfant followed that up with a win in the 100 yard freestyle, finishing in 54.82, as Chiles and Lisa Pazzi took third and fourth, respectively. Opatrny picked up another GU victory in the 100 yard butterfly, finishing in 58.59
Quincy gave the Hoyas another win in the 500 yard freestyle for the with a time if 4:41.18, and William Lawler finished fourth in 4:49.59. The Hoyas followed that up by sweeping the 100 yard butterfly, as Trevor Kosmo captured first place in 54.53, as Greg Germain, Michael Spinelli and Joshua Tucci rounded out the top four places. The Georgetown men continued its late rally, taking the top three spots in the 400 yard individual medley with Liuben Chipev taking first place in 4:25.88, while Greg Romanov and Kees Dulfer rounded out the top three.
The men also took the top two spots in the final 400 yard freestyle relay, as Christian Kilgore, Sam Gyory, Lawler and Matthew Mandel took first place in 3:13.66, while the group of Michael Young, Brad Crist, Michael Ng and Germain took second in 3:21.84.
The women's 400 freestyle relay team of Chiles, Laura Tramer, Pazzi and Ballanfant took second place, as the Colonials would edge in front of GU for a 132-129 win.
The Hoyas have a weekend off, before competing in its final dual meet in College Park, Md. when they take on University of Maryland on Saturday, February 4, beginning at 1 p.m. The Hoyas divers will compete in the BIG EAST Diving Championships the following week, beginning February 10, while the swimmers begin conference championship competition on February 15 in Pittsburgh, Pa.