This Saturday at McCarthy Pool, the Georgetown swimming and diving team will face Providence in its last dual meet of the regular season. Due to a weather cancellation of its dual meet against Rider University, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, it will also be Georgetown’s only competition since it split results against Drexel on Jan. 21. Against the Dragons, the women’s team won 168-127, while the men fell 177-122.
In the first event on the women’s side, the Hoyas came out strong, winning the 200-yard medley. Freshman Carrie Bonfield swam an impressive meet, finishing first in both the 1000 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, with times of 10:25.60 and 5:08.44, respectively. Sophomore Bailey Page also earned double victories in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.99 and the 100 freestyle in 53.31.
Later in the meet, freshman Arthur Wang won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:12.19 and sophomore Samuel Delise won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.95. Both athletes also closed the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. However, overall, the men did not earn enough points to come out on top. In the diving competition, junior Sarah Jaklitisch won both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.
Though the meet at Rider was competitive preparation for Georgetown, the upcoming meet against Providence will be a preview of the competition that Georgetown will face in the Big East championships three weeks from now.
“This weekend is our last chance before the conference championship, so we’re just ironing out the details for some people,” Head Coach Jamie Holder said. “We still have three conference spots in terms of scoring to figure out, so that’s going to be important for us to get all the information that we need to make the best decisions.”
In the weeks leading up to the Big East championships, the Hoyas will structure their practices differently after a season of intense training. After the meet against the Friars, tapered workouts and race simulation exercises will be the focus of practice.
In addition to being prepared for the Big East championships, Saturday’s meet is also Senior Day, since it will be the senior Hoyas’ last competition in McCarthy Pool. Between the men’s and women’s teams, Georgetown will celebrate 12 seniors and their accomplishments during the past four years.
Several seniors on the team have been consistent standout contributors during their time at Georgetown. On the women’s side, senior and co-captain Erica Fabbri has been an anchor in various freestyle events, most notably helping Georgetown earn bronze in the 50 freestyle event and silver in the 200 freestyle relay during the 2014 Big East championships in her sophomore year. At the 2015 championships, Fabbri broke her own school record and earned a silver medal in the women’s 50 freestyle.
On the men’s side, senior and co-captain Michael Smigelski has also contributed at key points in the Hoyas’ seasons during his career. Smigelski earned silver at the 2015 Big East Championships in the men’s 200 freestyle.
With this year’s conference championships looming, Georgetown’s seniors look to replicate their past strong finishes in their upcoming meet and practices. As this year’s seniors were Holder’s second incoming freshman class during his time at the helm of the program, this weekend will be a reminder of how far the team has come in the last few years — breaking school records, earning all-Big East selections and winning two consecutive silver medals at the Big East swimming and diving championships in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons along the way.
“I would say they were more like my first class because I had a whole year to recruit them and they’ve really helped me change this program a lot,” Holder said. “They were competitive as freshman and they’ve remained so as seniors. They’ve evolved not only as swimmers, but also as awesome men and women. We’ll definitely miss them.”
Although Saturday may be their last time competing at home, these seniors still have a few more weeks to add to their legacy, culminating with the long-awaited Big East tournament at the end of this month.