Feb. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Lauren Opatrny and Michael Ng starred for the Georgetown swimming team on day three of the BIG EAST Championships at Trees Pool on campus of Pittsburgh University. For the second consecutive day Opatrny advanced through the preliminary round to the finals, scoring points for the Hoyas, while Ng made his first appearance in a BIG EAST final.
After three days of competition the women's team is in ninth place with 72 points behind Rutgers (201.5) and Cincinnati (186). The men's team is in seventh place with 113 behind UConn (164) and Cincinnati (114).
Opatrny had the Hoyas best individual finish so far, placing second in the B Final of the 100 yard butterfly. In the morning preliminary session, Opatrny swam a 55.79 to break the Georgetown school record, then came back in the evening to finish in 55.58 to earn seven points for the Hoyas.
A freshman, Ng, made his first BIG EAST Championships a memorable one, setting the school record in the 100 yard backstroke during the preliminary round with a time of 50.58 to make it to the evening B Final. Ng came back and swam a 50.80 to take sixth in the race and 14th overall to earn three points.
Earlier in the day, Amy Ballanfant set a new school record in the 100 yard breaststroke, finishing in a time of 1:05.45.
Friday's action concluded with the women's and men's 400 yard medley relay. The women finished 10th with the quartet of Opatrny, Bailey Dowe, Casey Bandman and Ballanfant. The men placed seventh, as Ng, Christian Kilgore, Greg Germain and Matthew Mandel finished in a time of 3:23.80.
The BIG EAST Swimming Championships will conclude on Saturday at Trees Pool at University of Pittsburgh.