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Hoyas Lose but Qualify Seven for Big East Championships

The Hoyas learned first-hand this weekend the meaning of the timeless “no pain, no gain” mantra, as they recorded strong individual performances against William and Mary.

The Hoyas did not defeat the Tribe – the men dropped a 155-110 decision for a 0-5 overall season record, and the women lost 187-103 to fall to 1-4 overall – but seven athletes qualified for the Big East championships, and two qualified for the conference championships.

“We were very excited to have such great performances today, especially after one of the toughest weeks of training all year,” Head Coach Bethany Bower said in a press release Saturday.

On the men’s side, sophomore Goran Bistric, who had qualified for the Big East championship in the 100-yard backstroke earlier this season, won a first-place finish in the event with a time of 53.96 seconds.

Freshman Wes Going was not far behind him with a time of 54.71 to clinch second place for the Hoyas and a berth at the Big East championships. Sophomore co-captain David Ballinger swam to first place honors in the 200-yd butterfly with a time of 1:59.73, which qualified him for the conference championship.

In the 200-yd individual medley, sophomore co-captain Daniel Robinson finished first with a time of 2:01.44. Freshman Brian Koh followed in second place. Going, Robinson, and Ballinger teamed up with freshman James LiVolsi to turn in a first-place finish time of 1:32.61 in the 200-yd freestyle relay.

Sophomore Michael McWilliams added to his successes last weekend on the diving board, posting first place finishes in both the one- and three-meter diving events with scores of 208.23 and 201.45, respectively.

In the women’s competition, sophomore Katelyn O’Connor qualified for the conference championship in the 200-yd backstroke by taking more than four seconds off her personal best for a time of 2:12.29. O’Connor also qualified for the Big East championships in the 100-yd backstroke along with freshman Laura Alito.

Alito took first in the 100-yd butterfly with a time of 57.97, as she finished just two-tenths shy of the school record. Fellow freshman Laura Stark also qualified for the league championship in the 100-yd butterfly with a time of 1:01.22. Georgetown dominated the 200-yd individual medley as Stark, freshman Suzanne Walter, sophomore Chrsitine DiNapoli and freshman Corina Kwami took the top four finishes, respectively.

Alito, freshman Emma Porteus, and juniors Tori Maffey and Megan aragakes took first place in the 200-yd freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.89. Also qualifying for the Big East championships was freshman Lindsay Vickroy in the 200-yd freestyle.

In a three-day event beginning Friday, Nov. 17, Georgetown next competes against Duke, George Washington, UMBC, Seton Hall, Shippensburg University, American, Howard and host George Mason, at the Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va.

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