Feb. 27, 2016
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - The Georgetown University men’s and women’s swimming & diving team each earned team silver medals at the conclusion of the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Saturday night. The men finished with 781 points, behind Xavier (832), while the women finished with 684 points, behind Villanova (1,013).
Junior Jared Cooper-Vespa (Orange, Conn./The Hopkins School) and freshman Ryan Blom (Hershey, Pa./Milton Hershey) were named Most Outstanding Men’s Divers of the Meet, while diving coach Michael Tober was named the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
Blom earned gold in the men’s 1-meter diving competition with a score of 554.55, while Cooper-Vespa earned silver with a score of 543.95. Blom earned silver, while Cooper-Vespa earned gold in the 3-meter diving competition earlier in the meet.
Overall the Hoyas broke six program records and earned nine medals during the final day of the meet. The Blue & Gray earned 29 medals during the four-day meet.
In the first race of the Saturday evening session, freshman Carrie Bonfield (Skillman, N.J./The Pennington School) earned bronze and broke a program record in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing in 16:47.50. On the men’s side senior Austin Evenson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./The Pine Crest School) also earned bronze, finishing in 15:55.17.
Junior Katie Duncalf (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) earned silver in the women’s 200-yard backstroke, becoming the first Hoya to break the two-minute mark with a time of 1:58.44, for a program record.
Sophomore Bailey Page (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) finished fourth in the women’s 100-yard freestyle, but broke a program record with a time of 50.46 during the preliminary round. She finished in 50.65 during Saturday night’s ‘A’ final.
Sophomore Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) earned gold, while breaking her own program record in the women’s 20-yard breaststroke, finishing in a time of 2:12.44, nearly six seconds in front of her nearest competitor.
Freshman Arthur Wang (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) broke a program record in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke, finishing fourth overall with a time of 2:02.51. Freshman Justin Summers (Weston, Conn./Weston) earned bronze in the men’s 200-yard butterfly, finishing in a time of 1:51.73 in the championship meet’s 37th event.
The Hoya women’s 400-yard freestyle relay earned silver, as senior Erica Fabbri (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), freshman Laine Morgan (Miami, Fla./Ranson Everglades School), sophomore Kirstin Peterson (Hunterdon County, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and Page broke a program record in 3:23.24, finishing behind Villanova.
The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Chandler Hinson (Chattanooga, Tenn./The Baylor School), junior Will Leach (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), freshman Henry Rogatz (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) and freshman Jacob Kohlhoff (Tega Clay, N.C./Fort Mill) closed the meet earning a silver medal with a time of 3:02.96.