WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jack Leavitt and the Hoyas held their end-of-year banquet earlier this month, handing out team awards for the 2016-17 season and selecting captains for next year.
On the men’s side, senior diver Jared Cooper-Vespa (Orange, Conn./Hopkins School) was named team MVP. Cooper-Vespa was named the 2017 BIG EAST Championships Most Outstanding Diver, winning gold in the 3-meter dive and silver in the 1-meter dive. He earned All-BIG EAST honors in both events for the fourth-straight season, going a perfect-8-for-8 in his career.
Freshman Terry Johnson (Carmichael, Calif./Jesuit) earned Freshman of the Year honors after claiming two All-BIG EAST selections in his first year on the Hilltop. He touched the wall second in the 200-yard butterfly while also swimming the opening leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay, helping lead the Hoyas to a third-place finish. Johnson also reached the A final in both the 200- and 500-frestyle, placing seventh and eighth, respectively.
Sophomore Seth Maslowski (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) was selected as the Most Improved Player. He was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that set the school record with a time of 1:22.03 this season. He swam in the A final in the 50-yard freestyle, racing to a seventh-place finish, and just missed the podium in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Georgetown took fourth.
Senior Martin Vanin (Cali, Colombia/Colegio Bolivar) was presented with the Coach’s Award. He graduates as the school’s record holder in the 100-yard butterfly and is also a member of the relay squads that set the Georgetown record in the 200- and 400-yard medley relay. At the 2017 BIG EAST Championships, Vanin helped the Hoyas to a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, just missing the podium and an All-BIG EAST selection. He also finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.
On the women’s team, junior Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) was named MVP. Fitzpatrick, who defended her gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke and also claimed the individual title in the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2017 BIG EAST Championships, earned All-BIG EAST honors in five different events. She was also on the podium for the 200-yard individual medley and both the 200- and 400-yard medley relays. In her first three years, Fitzpatrick has earned 11 All-BIG EAST honors.
Freshman Cristina Barrett (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was selected as Freshman of the Year. In just her first year on the Hilltop, Barrett set the school record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:53.39. She just missed the podium, finishing fourth in both the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle at the BIG EAST Championships.
Senior Molly Gaynor (Scotch Plains, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) earned Most Improved honors. She claimed All-BIG EAST honors in the 200-medley relay, swimming the third leg to help lead the Hoyas to a third-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships. She also competed in the A final of the 100-yard butterfly, swimming to a seventh-place finish.
Senior Emma Cammann (Andover, Mass./Andover) was presented with the Coach’s Award. A women’s team captain this past season, Cammann set personal bests in the preliminaries of the BIG EAST Championships. She swam her top career times in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke as well as the 50-yard freestyle.
The Hoyas also named the team captains, which were selected via a team vote, for the 2017-18 season. Rising seniors Samuel DeLise (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow), Peter Kalibat (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) and Daniel Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) will lead the men’s team, while rising seniors Lia Barsanti (Darien, Conn./Darien), Bailey Page (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) and Christine Ryan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) will captain the women’s team.
The Blue & Gray finished second on both the men’s and women’s sides at the 2017 BIG EAST Championships. The Hoya men earned 677.50 points over the four-day championship meet to finish behind Seton Hall (872.50). Georgetown's women's squad scored 685 total points, behind only Villanova (1,017). Georgetown had 17 student-athletes (9 women, 8 men) earn All-BIG EAST honors in 37 events.