Georgetown Swimming and Diving Announce Award Winners During Saturday Banquet
April 12, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University swimming and diving team held its annual post-season banquet on Saturday afternoon at the Leavey Center on the Hilltop. During the banquet, several Hoyas', who contributed to a team that set several team records and posted impressive results at the BIG EAST Championships were honored.
Junior Goran Bistric (Saugus, Calif./William S. Hart) and senior Caitlin Colling (Monson, Mass./Monson) earned the Rev. Frank L. Fadner, S.J. Most Valuable Player Award after rewriting the Georgetown record books this past season.
Bistric capped his season breaking four Georgetown University swimming records in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 medley relay, while becoming the first Georgetown swimmer since John Willey in 1999 to earn a medal at the BIG EAST Championships. Colling lead the women's team setting team records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and as a part of the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams during the BIG EAST Championships in late-February. Colling also placed 14th individually in the 100 freestyle finals.
Freshmen Keenan Timko (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) and Katherine Lee (New York, N.Y./Spence) earned the John `Jake' Hengstler Award for Most Improved Swimmer. Timko, posted BIG EAST qualifying times in three events, two of which came in the Hoyas final meet of the season against Connecticut. He posted his third qualifying time the night before at Central Connecticut State. During his freshman year, Timko moved into the Hoya record books, posting the 10th fastest time in the 100 breast stroke, the seventh fastest time in the 100 buttefly and the fourth fastest time in the 200 butterfly. Lee, a walk-on this season, post qualifying times in four events, including the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 100 and 200 breast stroke. She was also a part of the Hoyas top 400 medley relay team at the BIG EAST Championships.
Junior Christina DiNapoli (Saddle River, N.J./Immaculate Heart) earned the Susan Kohl-Malone Female Coaches Award for the hard work and effort she put in during the 2007-08 season. DiNapoli was a part of the 200 medley relay team that broke the school record at the BIG EAST Championship meet.
Junior David Ballinger (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville) earned the Ted Breck and Bill `Otto' Keleher Coaches Award. Ballinger qualifed and swam in the 200 individual medley, breaking a 13-year old school record during the BIG EAST Championships. Ballinger was also part of the Hoyas 200 medley relay team that broke a nine-year old school record.
Freshmen Mallory Kiplinger (Darien, Conn./Darien) and Thomas Graham (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) earned the inaugural Outstanding Freshman of the Year award for what they have brought to the Hoyas swimming and diving program. Kiplinger set three Georgetown freshman records and was part of three relay teams, the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay, that set school records. Graham, a walk-on, broke the 19-year old 100 breast stroke record and posted the third fastest time in team history in the 200 breast stroke.
The Hoyas senior class was also honored during the ceremonies, as Colling, Tori Maffey (Mountainside, N.J./Mount St. Mary), Megan Maragakes (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East), Claire Nugent (Westport, Conn./Hopkins School) and Kelcy Poulson (New Canaan, Conn./Greenwich) received recognition for their contributions over four years.