Nov. 21, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Georgetown University swimming and diving team finished the first day of competition at the Bucknell Invitational, as the women are third of eight teams, while the men are fifth of nine teams through seven events at Kinney Natatorium.
The women's team shattered four program records on the first day and are behind host Bucknell (452 points) and two points behind Fordham (275) after the evening finals on the first day. The men's team is behind Yale, LaSalle, Bucknell and Binghamton with 193.5 points through the first day.
The women's 200 yard freestyle quartet of Bailey Page (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood), Erin Timochenko (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson), Kirstin Peterson (Hunterdon County, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) and Erica Fabbri (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) broke a Georgetown record finishing in 1:34.94, just seven-tenths of a second behind first place Delaware. The Hoya men finished fourth overall in the 200 yard freestyle with Will Leach (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), Chandler Hinson (Chattanooga, Tenn./The Baylor School), Mike Young (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) and Michael Smigelski (Southington, Conn./Southington) finishing with a time of 1:24.27.
Freshman Christine Ryan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) continued the Hoyas' record-breaking day, etching her name atop the GU record book and finishing second in the women's 500 yard freestyle `A' final in 4:54.14. Ryan improved her preliminary time by two seconds.
The Georgetown women placed three in the `A' final in the 50 yard freestyle, as Fabbri broke another program record, finishing second with a time of 23.41. Page and Kirstin Peterson finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
In the men's 50 yard freestyle Leach finished fourth overall with a time of 21.03.
Georgetown earned a third place finish in the women's 400 yard medley relay, as Katie Duncalf (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley), Haley Owens (Placerville, Calif./El Dorado), Fabbri and Page finished in 3:48.29. The squad set a new Georgetown record with their time.
Sophomore Jared Cooper-Vespa (Orange, Conn./The Hopkins School) finished fourth in the diving competition scoring 290.20.
Competition resumes at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning with the preliminary round of the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke. The finals for those races plus the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.