Hoyas Men & Women Earn Team Silver Medals at BIG EAST Championships

The Hoyas earned seven medals on the final day at BIG EAST Championships

Feb. 22, 2014

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SEWELL, N.J. - The Georgetown University men's and women's swimming and diving team each earned team silver medals, finishing in second place at the conclusion of 40 events at BIG EAST Championships at Gloucester Institute of Technology. The Hoyas earned seven medals overall on the final day of the championships to cement themselves into second place on both sides.

The Georgetown women created separation between themselves and the rest of the field on a strong final day at BIG EAST's, scoring 690 points, behind only champion Villanova's 842 points. Seton Hall finished third with 574 points. Xavier (530) just missed a team medal, while Providence (310.5) and Butler (230.5) rounded out the field of six.

On the men's side, the Hoyas also put some distance between second place and the rest of the competition, finishing with 715.5.5 points, behind Xavier's 924 points. Seton Hall finished third with 492, with Villanova (438.5) and Providence (298) rounding out the field of five.

On Saturday, Nicole Tronolone earned points for GU in the night's first event, finishing fifth in the women's 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17.11.85. Kim DiNapoli and Shannon McNulty finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

Austin Evenson earned bronze in the men's 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:45.07, improving his preliminary time by over 15 seconds. Greg Romanov finished close behind in fourth place for Georgetown.

Jack Muehlheuser continued a strong BIG EAST Championships, earning his second bronze medal by finishing third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:49.34. Evan Grey finished seventh in the `A' final in 1:51.28.

Matthew Mandel continued collected another medal, earning silver in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 45.94, while William Leach finished seventh in the `A' final. On the women's side, Erica Fabbri finished fifth in the women's 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.14 to earn points for GU.

Allison Fulenwider was the Hoyas top finisher in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing fourth overall in 2:24.36, while Rosemary Christian finished sixth in the `A' final. On the men's side Christian Kilgore added to his luggage with a bronze medal in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:04.88 to improve his preliminary time by two seconds.

Jillian Carter earned silver for the women in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing with a time of 2:03.96. Molly Gaynor finished just off the medal stand in fifth with a time of 2:05.89, nearly two seconds better than her preliminary time.

Martin Vanin earned bronze for the Hoyas in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:53.24, while Liuben Chipev finished in 1:54.36, good for fifth place.

The Hoyas closed the meet with the women's and men's teams each medaling in the 400 freestyle relay.

The women started, earning bronze, as Gaynor, Delaney Bader, Erin Timochenko and Erica Fabbri finished in 3:29.34, behind Villanova and Xavier.

The men closed the meet with a silver medal performance from Michael Smigelski, David Chung, William Leach and Mandel, who finished in 3:02.85.



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