Washington, D.C. - This week the Georgetown University swimming & diving program witnessed the primary goal of a three-and-a-half-year campaign coming to fruition as a state-of-the-art scoreboard was mounted on the wall of the Albert G. McCarthy, Jr. Swimming Pool An effort of alumni, family and friends of the swimming & diving program, the scoreboard will enable the Hoyas to host meets against national competition when the dual-meet season continues in January. The LED matrix-display scoreboard will allow animation, graphics, logos and competitor's names to be displayed along with their times.
Leading the campaign was Head Coach Steve Cartwright.
"This Colorado Time Systems scoreboard will allow us to run more efficient meets," says Cartwright. "It will provide a large boost to our student-athletes because now they will be able to look up after a race and see their name alongside their time. This is a large advancement in our efforts to continue to better the student-athlete experience."
The swimming & diving support club, H2OYAS, was instrumental in the fundraising efforts that made the scoreboard a reality. Club co-presidents Kevin Feder (F'02) and T.C. Roberge (C'96, L'99) spent countless hours strategizing with both Coach Cartwright and the Hoyas Unlimited community at-large. Through strong event programming and alumni outreach, Feder and Roberge raised over $80,000 in the last fiscal year, in addition to funds raised through the campaign for the scoreboard.
This success is a product of strategic initiatives from the desk of Cartwright: "My main goal here is to continue to raise excitement about the program, to keep alumni and friends involved and give them ownership. The bottom line is these people are going to be alumni of Georgetown for much longer than their four years as swimmers and divers. We have worked to cultivate this principle and it has built momentum."
Cartwright also hopes to instill the same values in the student-athletes currently on the squad.
"One of the biggest lessons I hope to teach is the value of giving back," Cartwright added. "The value of realizing that there were athletes before you and athletes will come after. It is about providing people with the experience that you had and the unparalleled opportunity to compete and learn here at Georgetown."
If the recent success of the program is any indication, Cartwright's lessons will be heard loud and clear.
Georgetown Swimming & Diving would like to thank:
Betsy Comerford B' 80 and William Spinelli
Maura and Frank Comerford B' 77
Nancy and David Donovan F' 72
Pam B' 83 and Paul Donlin B' 83
Candy and John Hickey C' 74
Carol and Mark Kenyon C' 74
Mary Beth and Tim LiVolsi PARS C' 10
Adam and Martha Metz B '84
Margo and Hans Noisten PARS B'13
Michael Scanlan C' 86
Claire C' 92 and John Sheehan C' 92
Marybeth N' 79 and John Wooters C' 75
Meg and Scott Young C' 88