Jan. 16, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University swimming and diving team returned to competition, defeating American University on Friday evening at McCarthy Pool on the campus of Georgetown University. The men's team won 138-94, while the women's team earned a 139-87 victory.
The Hoyas, who have not competed in over one month, got off to an impressive start as the women's 400-yard medley relay team of sophomore Katie Duncalf (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley), freshman Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School), junior Erica Fabbri (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) and freshman Bailey Page (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) won with a McCarthy Pool record time of 3:56.89. Late in the meet, Duncalf broke the pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, winning with a time of 2:05.40.
"I thought we swam pretty well, especially for having not competed in a while," Head Coach Jamie Holder said. "There were definitely some rusty swims, but I think we performed well, raced well and executed our race plans."
The Blue & Gray won the first 17 events of the 24-event meet, as the men's 400-yard medley relay squad of freshman Edward Spinelli (Brooklyn, N.Y./Polytech Prep Country Day), sophomore David Chung (Hillsborough, N.Y./Hillsborough), sophomore Martin Vanin (Cali, Colombia/Colegio Bolivar) and sophomore Will Leach (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) won in a time of 3:20.21. Vanin and Leach each had individual success earning wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle, respectively.
On the women's side junior Nicole Tronolone (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) earned a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle in the first time she competed in the event this season. Tronolone finished in 10:42.43, nearly six seconds in front of the rest of the field.
"That was her first 1,000 of the year," Holder said. "She's been dealing with some injuries so it was good to see her swim pain free and finish in a good time."
Freshman Chase Ladman (San Marcos, Calif.) won the men's 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:02.32. The Hoyas also had a pair of freshmen earn victories in the 200-yard freestyle, as Christine Ryan Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) won the women's race and Daniel Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) won the men's race. Page won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.51 and the 100-yard freestyle in 53.22, while Shana McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won the 200-yard individual medley to continue a strong showing from the team's freshmen.
Freshman Samuel Delise (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) continued the run, winning the 200-yard IM in 1:59.43. DeLise came back to win the 200-yard butterfly in 1:56.88.
Junior Lauren Ward (Marietta, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) won the 200-yard butterfly finishing in a time of 2:09.96, while senior captain Casey Bandman (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) finishing less than a second behind in 2:10.63.
Sophomore Jared Cooper-Vespa (Orange, Conn./The Hopkins School) swept the diving events, earning victory in the men's one-meter and three meter diving competition. Senior Lauren Kahan (Westport, Conn.) earned victory in the one-meter diving competition.
Georgetown returns to the pool on Saturday afternoon when they host George Washington University and Davidson at 1 p.m. The Hoyas will celebrate senior day for the squad's 13 seniors, who will be competing for the final time at McCarthy Pool.