Lopez-Cantera and Vickroy Earn Top Honors at Swimming & Diving Banquet
April 10, 2010
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University swimming & diving squad held its annual banquet Saturday afternoon at the Leavy Center on campus. The coaching staff gave out eight awards and honored the seniors for their outstanding effort of their careers on the Hilltop. Georgetown had a solid season with 16 new school records, BIG EAST Conference finalists and two divers competing at the NCAA Zone A Meet.
Sophomore Victor Lopez-Cantera (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) earned his second-consecutive Rev. Frank L. Fadner, S.J. Most Valuable Player award after leading the men's team which broke five school records this season. Lopez-Cantera broke his own record in the 200 butterfly at the BIG EAST Championship swimming a 1:49.95. He advanced to the BIG EAST finals in the 200 butterfly finishing 11th and was three-tenths of a second away from the finals in the 100 fly. Lopez-Cantera was also a part of the school-record holding 200 medley relay team.
Senior Lindsay Vickroy (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) was named the women's Rev. Frank L. Fadner, S.J. Most Valuable Player after setting one individual school record and being a part of four record-setting relays. Vickroy is the school record holder in the 100 backstroke swimming a 58.62 at the BIG EAST Championship. She helped lead a squad that set an astounding 11 school records this season.
Sophomore Brad Crist (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) was named the men's John 'Jake' Hengstler Most Improved Swimmer after immense improvement from his freshman season. Crist was also a part of the record-holding 200 medley relay team and has the second-fastest time in school history in the 100 breaststroke swimming a 56.76.
Junior Megan Harvey (Norristown, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) earned the John 'Jake' Hengstler Most Improved Swimmer Award setting an individual record in the 200 butterfly with a 2:05.04 and also participating in four record setting relays. Her individual record came on the opening leg of the school-record-holding 800 freestyle relay which swam a 7:40.31.
Sophomore Chris Finnegan (Garden City, N.J./Garden City) was the recipient of the Ted Breck and Bill 'Otto' Keleher Coaches Award after showing dedication this past season. The distance swimmer ranks in the top ten all-time in both the 1650 freestyle sitting at seventh with a 16:43.63 and the 1000 freestyle ranking 10th swimming a 10:03.69. He is also third in the 500 freestyle, fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:43.08) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:58.20).
Freshman Sarah Chiles (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) took home the Susan Kohl-Malone Coaches Award for her effort this year. Chiles may not show up in the record books as of yet, but her outstanding determination and attitude was rewarded by the staff. The rookie competes in freestyle events.
Freshman Paul Quincy (San Ramon, Calif./California) won GU's Freshman of the Year award after setting school records in three of the distance events as a first-year swimmer. Quincy holds the record in the 500 freestyle (4:37.04), the 1000 freestyle (9:39.62) and the 1650 freestyle (15:57.56). Quincy swam a 16:10.45 in the 1650 free earlier in the season to capture the McCarthy Pool record. He is also ninth in the 200 freestyle with a 1:43.77.
Freshman Amy Ballanfant (Houston, Texas/M.B. Lamar) was the recipient of the women's Freshman of the Year honor after tying the school record in the 50 freestyle with a 24.09 at the BIG EAST Championship. As a rookie, she was also a part of the record-setting 200 freestyle relay which clocked a 1:36.00.
The seniors were also honored at the banquet for their efforts. Besides Vickroy, this included Kevin Brinig (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic), Wes Going (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University High), Brian Koh (Rowland Heights, Calif./Damien), James LiVolsi (Scotch Plains, N.J./St. Peter's Prep), Laura Alito (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), Margaret Kimball (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), Mary McGuire (Port Chester, N.Y./Sacred Heart), Maiji Paegle (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), Francesca Pirog (New York, N.Y./The Brearley School) and Suzanne Waller (Darien, Conn./Darien).
Despite losing so many talented athletes, the Hoyas will have a solid group of returners next Fall and will be announcing the incoming class later this Spring.