WASHINGTON – Three members of the Georgetown University men's and women's swimming & diving team have been named College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Honorable Mention. Recent graduate Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) and rising sophomores Drew Carbone (Chelmsford, Mass./Central Catholic) and Andrew Stange (St. James, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) all earned the honor, which recognizes their achievements in the classroom as well as the pool.
Fitzpatrick, who also earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors in 2017, graduated in May from Georgetown's School of Nursing & Health Studies with a degree in human science. She leaves the Hilltop as one of GU's most decorated swimmers earning All-BIG EAST honors, given to individuals who finish in the top three at the BIG EAST Championships, in 15 different events, including seven individual titles. At this year's championships, Fitzpatrick earned All-BIG EAST nods in four events – the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard medley relay. She won the 200 breast to complete the career sweep, wining the individual title in all four years, and won the 100 breast for the third time in her career. In 2016, following her sophomore year, Fitzpatrick qualified for and competed in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Out of the pool, Fitzpatrick is a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. She was named Georgetown's female recipient of the BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships in May.
Carbone, an undeclared major in the Georgetown College, capped off a sensational freshman season by being named BIG EAST Championship's Most Outstanding Male Swimmer. He earned All-BIG EAST honors in four events including the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard backstroke, where he won gold, and the 100-yard backstroke, in which he took silver. He set new Georgetown records in the preliminaries all three events before re-setting the 200 backstroke (1:45.51) and 100 backstroke (48.72) records in the evening finals. Carbone was also on GU's record-setting 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay teams with times of 3:02.08 and 6:35.30, respectively.
Stange, an international affairs major in GU's School of Foreign Service, had a strong freshman campaign on the Hilltop earning All-BIG EAST honors in two events. He joined Carbone on both of the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay teams, with the 800 squad placing second to earn silver medals. Stange also broke his own record in the 200-yard freestyle (1:36.95) twice, earning a bronze medal in the finals. Additionally, he placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle.
The CSCAA selected a record 1,069 swimmers and divers, from 181 colleges and universities, for its Scholar All-America team. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The Hoya trio were three of an additional 1,137 student-athletes who were named as Honorable Mentioned selections. These students have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional or Zone Diving qualifier. In total, 289 teams placed at least one individual on the first or second teams.
The individual selections come after both Georgetown's men's and women's programs were tabbed as CSCAA Scholar All-America teams last month. The Hoya men ranked in the top 10 among 97 Division I men's programs, while the women's squad was among the top 20 of 176 Division I women's programs.
The GU women finished second at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships for the fifth-consecutive season, while the men placed third. Over the four-day meet, the Hoyas set a total of 13 new school records and won six gold medals. The Hoyas had a program-record 22 student-athletes selected to the All-BIG EAST Team, including a conference-high 13 women.