WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University swimming & diving team set five more records and won three gold medals on the third day of action at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships, presented by Jeep, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Through the first 21 events, the Hoya women sit in second place, while the men's squad is in fourth.
The GU women have 452.5 points, trailing only Villanova (657.5), and holding strong leads over Seton Hall (395) and Xavier (387). Butler (161) and Providence (155) round out the standings on the women's side of the bracket. The Hoya men have garnered 419.5 points and are just one point behind Xavier (420.5). Villanova (506.5) and Seton Hall (483) hold the top two spots, while Providence (156.5) brings up the bottom of the pack.
In the women's 400-yard IM, Phoebe Slaughter (Darien, Conn./Darien) shattered the previous school record in the morning prelims with a time of 4:25.40, setting the new mark by more than a second. She came back in the evening finals to finish seventh.
Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) continued her dominance in the breaststroke, winning her third career gold in the 100. Fitzpatrick, who will look for the four-peat in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday, touched the wall in 1:01.83 on Friday to win by just .18 seconds.
The Hoyas swept the top three spots in the women's 1-meter dive. Elizabeth Miller (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) took the gold with a score of 527.55, while Riley Fujioka (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) claimed second with 522.65 and Naomi Peng (Gainesville, Fla./Eastside) won a tight race for third with 503 points.
The quartet of Evie Mauzé (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS), Fitzpatrick, Lauren Henasey (Newtown, Pa./Germantown Academic) and Belinda Donohoe (Cambridge, Mass./Concord Carlisle) placed third in the 400-yard medley relay, finishing in a time of 3:44.08.
On the men's side, senior captain Daniel Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) got the evening started right for the men's squad, just outstretching his opponent from Villanova for the win by .28 seconds in a time of 3:55.54. Classmate Samuel DeLise (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) also medaled as he came in third in 3:57.16
Andrew Stange (St. James, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) broke his own record in the 200-yard freestyle twice on Friday. He recorded a 1:37.80 in the prelims to break his mark from earlier this season, then came back in the evening finals and swam nearly a full second faster, touching the wall in 1:36.95 to place third.
Drew Carbone (Chelmsford, Mass./Central Catholic) also broke his own record twice, re-setting the mark in the 100-yard backstroke for the fifth time this season. He recorded the top time in the prelims, clocking in at 48.79 seconds before coming back in the evening finals and touched the wall in 48.72 seconds, just .16 seconds out of first.
The fourth and final day of the BIG EAST Championships will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning with the prelims, and the finals session starting at 6 p.m. Saturday's events will include the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, men's 3-meter diving, 400-yard freestyle relay. 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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