WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University swimming & diving team set three records and claimed one gold medal on the second day of action at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships, presented by Jeep, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Through the first 14 events, both the men's and women's squads are in second place.
The GU men have garnered 262 points through 14 events, trailing only Villanova (303). The Hoyas hold leads over Seton Hall (218) and Xavier (200), while Providence (92) sits in fifth. Georgetown's women, who were in first place after Wednesday's events, have 207 points to hold a slim lead over Seton Hall (191). Both are chasing Villanova (374), while Xavier (172), Providence (97) and Butler (85) round out he standings.
In the 200-yard IM, Drew Carbone (Chelmsford, Mass./Central Catholic) set a new GU record in the morning prelims, recording the top time in the BIG EAST this season with a 1:48.32. He came back in the evening finals, and in an exciting race that came down to a .07-second difference, he outstretched his opponent from Villanova to claim Georgetown's first gold of the championships with a time of 1:48.40.
In the morning prelims of the 50-yard freestyle, Seth Maslowski (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) shattered a five-year program record by more than a quarter second, touching the wall in 20.42 seconds. He came back in the evening and placed seventh in the A final.
In his first career finals event, Andrew Stange (St. James, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 4:29.34. Jacob Kohlhoff (Tega Clay, N.C./Fort Mill) won the B final with a time of 4:32.94, which would have been good for seventh place in the A final.
In his quest for a three-peat in the 1-meter dive, Ryan Blom (Hershey, Pa./Milton Hershey) came up just 1.90 points short, nearly overcoming a 20-point deficit after the prelims. He placed second with a score of 535.40, while Griffin Edmonds (Norwalk, Conn./New Canaan) and Matthew Werner (Elkins Park, Pa./Cheltenham) took third and fourth, respectively.
On the women's side, Christina Barrett (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) broke her own program record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.10, finishing third overall. Christine Ryan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) placed seventh, less than a half second out of fourth.
The third day of the BIG EAST Championships will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday morning with the prelims, and the finals session starting at 6 p.m. Friday's events will include the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and the women's 1-meter dive. A link to follow live scoring will be available at GUHoyas.com and the meet can be watched on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).
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