WASHINGTON - Georgetown University swimming & diving senior Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) and freshman Drew Carbone (Chelmsford, Mass./Central Catholic) swept the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week honors, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. The awards recognize both swimmers’ performances at the three-day Bucknell Invite last weekend.
Fitzpatrick swept both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, helping lead the Hoya women to a third-place finish overall. On Saturday, she touched the wall in 1:01.65 in the finals of the 100 to improve on her prelims time by nearly a full second and win a tight race by .16 seconds. In the 200 on Sunday, Fitzpatrick had the best time (2:17.27) in the morning prelims by nearly a full second, and improved that by almost four seconds as she touched the wall in 2:13.37 to complete the sweep. Both of her times are the top times in the BIG EAST this season. Fitzpatrick also swam the second leg of Saturday’s 200-yard medley relay, helping lead the Hoyas to a third-place finish in the event.
Carbone, who has now been named the BIG EAST Male Swimmer of the Week in consecutive weeks, broke five school records over the three days, helping lead the Hoyas to a second-place finish overall. He opened the weekend by setting the record in the 200-yard IM, breaking the 1:50 mark and touching the wall in 1:49.83. He later swam the first leg of the 400-yard medley relay and broke the 100-yard backstroke record with a 49.43 split. On Saturday, he re-broke his 100-yard backstroke record by .05 seconds in the morning prelims (49.38) and then set it for a third time in the evening finals with a 49.13. On Sunday, Carbone set the Georgetown record in the 200-yard backstroke during the prelims, finishing in 1:47.39. He was also a part of GU's winning 800-yard freestyle relay team and second-place 400-yard freestyle relay team. Carbone’s record-setting times in the 200-yard IM, the 100-yard backstroke and 200-backstroke are all top times in the BIG EAST this season.
Georgetown will return to competition after the holiday season when the Hoyas open the second semester against American and George Washington on Saturday, January 13. The meet will take place at American's Reeves Aquatic Center.