Just ahead of the Big East championships later this month, Georgetown swimming and diving faced conference rivals Seton Hall University and Providence College in a tri-meet on Friday and Saturday. The Hoya women came out on top, defeating both Seton Hall and Providence, while the men defeated Providence but fell to Seton Hall.
The women’s team defeated Seton Hall by a score of 168-131 and dominated Providence 226-71 due to performances like that of junior Christina Barrett, who got the Hoya women off to a solid start by securing a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle. She also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.09 and came in second in the 200-yard butterfly.
Freshman Noelle Fimbres followed Barrett in second place in the 1000 freestyle, and fellow classmate Grace Chen took another win in the 100 backstroke. In the 200 butterfly, Georgetown filled the top two spots with junior Lauren Henasey leading in first and Barrett in second.
Sophomore Belinda Donohoe swam a tight race in the 50 freestyle, winning with a gap of just .01 seconds. Sophomore Evie Mauze led the competition in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.97.
In the 100 butterfly, freshman Gabriella Meringolo placed first with Henasey in second, the two separated by .7 seconds. Sophomore Alexandra Rieker took another win for the Hoyas in the 200 individual medley, finishing over one second faster than the Seton Hall runner-up in what was otherwise a close race.
Senior Michael Wheeler captured the first win for the men’s squad in the 1000 freestyle.
Sophomore Drew Carbone was reliable in both the 100 and 200 backstroke and touched the wall four seconds ahead of the Seton Hall runner-up in the 200. Carbone also placed first in the 200 individual medley. Freshman Brett Sherman finished first in the 500 freestyle and followed teammate Carbone in the 200 individual medley for second place.
Carbone’s race secured the lopsided win over Providence 229-62, but it was not enough to outlast Seton Hall. The men lost a close meet 173.5-123.5 to the Pirates.
On the women’s diving side, sophomore Riley Fujioka won first place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Teammate Elizabeth Miller came in second in the 1-meter for the Hoyas.
In men’s diving, Griffin Edmonds placed first in the 3-meter event with a score of 251.8 and finished second in the 1-meter event.
In a few weeks, the Hoyas will travel to East Meadow, N.Y. for the Big East championships taking place Feb. 20 to Feb. 23. The Georgetown women have earned second place for five consecutive seasons, while the men’s team placed third last year.
The swim season is a long one. Competitions span the entire year. For the Hoyas, this year started Sept. 28 with the Potomac Relays at American University. After the Big East championships later this month, the team has little offseason before heading to Austin, Texas for the NCAA championships in late March.