Oct. 5, 2013
NEWARK, Del. - The Georgetown University swimming and diving team could not keep up with Delaware in its season-opening dual meet, as the men fell 146-93, while the women were outscored 160-78 by the Blue Hens on Saturday afternoon at Rawstrom Natatorium.
The meet with the Blue Hens comes a day after the Hoyas competed in the Potomac Relays at American University with the Eagles, George Mason, George Washington, Towson, Mount Saint Mary's and Mary Washington.
"I thought that we raced very well," Georgetown Head Coach James Holder said. "It was an improvement from our performance here a year ago and that's what we were looking for. There were a few races that were really close between first and second, so it was just a more competitive meet."
The Hoyas took first place in seven events, as senior Matthew Mandel (Grosse Point Farm, Mich./Grosse Point South) served as the anchor in the Hoya men's winning 200 yard medley relay squad that included Mike Young, Christian Kilgore and Martin Vanin. The Hoyas finished in 1:35:73, beating the Blue Hens, who finished in 1:36.35. Mandel came back in the 50 yard freestyle, the eighth event of the meet, to win in a time of 22:08, four-hundredth of a second in front of his next closest competitor.
Kilgore also earned a victory for the Hoya men, winning the 100 yard breaststroke late in the meet, finishing in 59.50. Freshman diver Jared Cooper-Vespa earned a victory in the one-meter diving competition, earning 242.55 points.
"Christian and Matt obviously did a very nice job for us, but I was also happy with the performance that some of our freshman turned in on Saturday," Holder said. "I was also pleased with our 200 medley relay squad and Jared Vespa-Cooper gave us a big win in the one-meter diving competition."
On the women's side freshman Molly Gaynor(Scotch Plains, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) started her collegiate career in strong fashion, earning a win in her first individual event, the 100 yard butterfly, finishing in 58.38.
In the final women's event of the meet the Hoyas 400 yard freestyle relay team of Emma Cammann, Delaney Bader, Erin Timochenko and Gaynor won in a time of 3:41.22. The Hoyas "B" relay team of Sarah Chiles, Kim DiNapoli, Sarah Grundman and Lauren Wardfinished second.
"On the women's side I thought we raced very well," Holder said. "Molly Gaynor gave us a win in the 100 fly and I think we were competitive throughout the meet."
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, October 19 when they host William & Mary and Towson at McCarthy Pool. The meet is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.