Freshmen Earn Seven Victories for Swimming & Diving at Delaware

Oct. 4, 2014 NEWARK, Del. - The Georgetown University swimming and diving team completed competition in its first dual meet of the 2014-15 season, with an impressive showing from a talented freshman class. The Hoya newcomers accounted for seven victories on the afternoon, despite falling to University of Delaware, 176-117, at the Rawstrom Natatorium. Sophomore Jared Cooper-Vespa also broke the program record in the three-meter diving competition. 

A pair of freshmen Christine Ryan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and Bailey Page (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) each earned two victories, while sophomore Martin Vanin (Cali, Colombia/Colegio Bolivar) began building on his strong first season with a win in his first individual competition of his second season.

On the women's side, Ryan earned the Hoyas first victory of the day in the fifth event, the 200 yard freestyle, with a time of 1:53.13. She also won the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 5:01.69.

In the diving portion of the meet, sophomore Jared Cooper-Vespa (Orange, Conn./The Hopkins School) broke the Georgetown program record in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 300.30. Cooper-Vespa, who earned two medals at the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships as a freshmen, also won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 276.40. 

Page picked up a victory in the 50 yard freestyle finishing in 24.27, less than two-tenths of a second in front of the next closest finisher. She came back four events later to win the 100 yard freestyle in 52.36.



In the 200 yard breaststroke freshman Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) earned victory with a time of 2:25.33.

The Blue & Gray swept the top four places in the women's 200 yard individual medley, as freshman Madeleine Quinn (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) won with a time of 2:13.06. Fitzpatrick finished second in front of freshman Rachel Armstrong (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck), who was third, and senior Casey Bandman (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) who was fourth. GU later earned a win in the 400 yard freestyle relay, as Erica Fabbri, Shana McLaughlin, Ryan and Page won in 3:33.85.

Vanin picked up the men's first victory of the meet, winning the 100 yard butterfly in 52.73.

The GU men swept the 200 yard individual medley, as freshman Samuel Delise (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) won in 1:57.14. Freshman Daniel Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and sophomore Evan Grey (Williston, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) finished second and third, respectively.

The Hoyas took the top two spots in the meet-ending 400 yard freestyle relay, as the quartet of William Leach, Michael Smigelski, David Chung and Ross finished first with a time of 3:14.06.

Georgetown returns to action next Saturday when they take on Towson and William & Mary at Towson University. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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