Nov. 21, 2011
LEWISBURG - The Georgetown University men's and women's swimming and diving team finished three days of competition at the Bucknell Invitational, wrapping up fifth place overall finishes in the men's and women's competition. The men finished with 903 points, directly behind Fordham, while the women finished with 989.5 points directly behind Colgate, as Lauren Opatrny made the finals in four individual events, while Paul Quincy and Christian Kilgore each made the finals and scored points for the Hoyas in three individual events.
Quincy continued his impressive season picking up GU's first, first place finish of the meet by winning the 500 yard freestyle, the fourth event. Quincy had a strong swim in the preliminary round, then came back to win the final in 4:32.39, as William Lawler and Chris Finnegan finished seventh and eighth. In the 200 yard freestyle, Quincy finished second improving his preliminary time by two seconds to finish in 1:41.86, while Finnegan and Lawler finshed seventh and eighth, repectively. Quincy would also dominate the men's 1650 yard freestyle, winning by 20 seconds with a time of 15:42.38, as Greg Romanov took fourth place in 16:21.40. Quincy also was part of the Hoyas fourth place relay team in the 800 yard freestyle relay, along with Matthew Mandel, Chris Finnegan and William Lawler, as they finished behind Bucknell, Fordham and Delaware in 6:58.53.
Opatrny stood out on the women's side, winning the women's 200 yard individual medley in a time of 2:04.19. In the 100 yard butterfly, Opatrny improved on her prelim time to finish in second place with a time of 56.60, while Jillian Carter finished sixth in 57.55. Opatrny showed her versatility, coming back six events later to finish third in the 100 yard backstroke in 58 seconds. Opatrny also helped the 400 yard medley relay squad, including Amy Ballanfant, Kristen Pratt and Alexandra Van Nispen take fifth place. She also helped GU finish fourth in the 200 yard medley relay along with Allison Fulenwider, Casey Bandman and Van Nispen, before swimming the anchor leg to finish second in the 800 yard freestyle relay with Laura Tramer, Kim DiNapoli and Sarah Chiles.
Kilgore also turned in a strong performance during the three day meet, making the finals in the 200 yard individual medley, where he finished eighth in 1:56.50. He also made the finals in the 100 yard breaststroke, capturing fourth place in 58.66, two spots in front of teammate Brad Crist, who finished sixth in 59.59. Kilgore would also finish fifth in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:07.91.
Michael Ng also turned in a strong performance, finishing second in the 100 yard backstroke in 51.13. Ng also finished fifth in the 200 yard backstroke in a time of 1:52.71. Mandel also made the finals in two events, taking third place in the 50 yard freestyle in 20.99, before placing fourth in the 100 yard freestyle in 46.77. Van Nispen, aside from her work with the relay teams, turned in strong swims in the sprints, making the finals and finishing sixth in the 50 yard freestyle in 24.48. She also finished sixth in the finals of the 100 yard freestyle in 53.03.
Bailey Dowe also made the finals in two events, placing fourth in 2:24.22 in the 200 yard breaststroke and sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:07.02, with Fulenwider finishing just behind in 1:08.08. Jillian Carter finished in second place in 2:05.54 and Kristen Pratt finished in sixth place in 2:07.26 in the 200 yard butterfly.
Hoyas' diver Lauren Kahan finished in fifth place in the one meter diving competition, with 234.70 points.
The Hoyas return home to McCarthy Pool on Saturday, December 3 when they take on Catholic at 1 p.m.