WASHINGTON - Georgetown University swimming & diving senior Jared Cooper-Vespa (Orange, Conn./The Hopkins School) and sophomore Ryan Blom (Hershey, Pa./Milton Hershey) swept the top two spots in men's 3-meter diving to highlight the first day of the 2017 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships, presented by Jeep, at the Nassau Aquatics Center on Long Island, N.Y. Teams also competed in the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.
After the first day, the Georgetown men sit in second place with 99 points, just two points behind Seton Hall University and two points ahead of Villanova University. The Hoya women are fourth with 62 points, just two points behind Seton Hall and four behind Xavier University. Villanova leads the women's side with 80 points.
Cooper-Vespa (269.85) and Blom (268.25) were first and second, respectively, after the preliminary dives earlier in the afternoon. In the evening finals, Cooper-Vespa recorded a score of 584.55 to claim gold, while Blom took silver with a 554.10 -- a comfortable 43.80-point margin over the third-place finisher.
In the women's relays, the Hoyas placed fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay, finishing in a time of 7:35.15. The 200-yard medley relay team took third, touching the wall in 1:41.83, just .56 seconds behind Xavier for second.
On the men's side, GU finished third in the 800-yard freestyle relay, clocking in at 6:40.58, just one second ahead of Xavier and one second behind Villanova. In the 200-yard medley relay, the Hoyas placed fourth with a time of 1:30.11, less that two seconds out of first.
Georgetown will return to the pool on Thursday for Day Two of the BIG EAST Championships. Preliminary heats begin at 10 a.m., while the evening finals are schedule for 6 p.m. Thursday's events will include the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and women's 1-meter diving.