Swimming: College defeats Georgetown
Written by Abou Kamara|
October 26, 2015
William and Mary faced Georgetown in the second meet of the season at the Student Recreation Center pool Friday in Williamsburg, Va. Both the men and women left the pool with victories: the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association champion men won 170-35 and the women topped the Hoyas 152-53. The men’s victory puts the team at a five-meet win streak continuing from last season.
The men’s side (2-0, 1-0 CAA) claimed 31 of 33 possible podium spots available at the dual meet. In every event in which the Tribe had a participant, it swept both first and second place every time and swept third place in all but two events. This put the College at 170 points, four under a perfect score for an 11-event meet while the Hoyas (0-2) barely scratched the scoreboard with a 35-point meet total.
In the 400-yard medley relay, seniors Will Manion and Jeremiah O’Donnell joined juniors Evan Baker and Joe Eiden to simultaneously win and set a pool record that had stood since 2012. Their combined time of 3:20.81 was .02 seconds away from the program’s dual meet record set in 2013. The 200-yard free relay team also finished first in 1:23.78 by the team of Eiden, junior Alex Montes de Oca, sophomore Kyle Neri and senior Billy Russell.
The College had 170 points, four under a perfect score for an 11-event meet while the Hoyas (0-2) barely scratched the scoreboard with a 35-point meet total.
The Tribe also found great success at an individual level. Russell won both of his races, the 100- and 200-yard frees, ending with respective times of 46.75 seconds and 1:42.49. Fellow senior Andrew Nyce also came through in both of his events, securing the win in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:55.21 and claiming victory in the 200-yard breast in 2:05.34. O’Donnell broke his lifetime-best as he topped the podium with a 4:44.39 finish in the 500-yard free, while Manion took the 200-yard back with a 1:48.87. Standout performances weren’t restricted to the seniors, however, as freshman Maicoll Gomez gained his first collegiate victory in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:53.97, sophomore Tommy Kealy took the 1,000-yard free in 9:46.05 and sophomore Neri won the 50-yard free In 21.45 seconds.
The women’s team (2-0, 1-0 CAA) followed suit of the men with a dominant win. The Hoyas (1-1) were outscored by 99 points. Out of 11 events, the Tribe came away with nine victories. Junior Selina Fuller won a pair of events with a 10:32.91 finish in the 1,000-yard free and a 1:54.60 in the 200-yard free. Individual victories continued with junior Jaimie Miller winning the 50-yard free in 23.63 seconds, senior Jessie Ustjanauskas took the 100-yard free in 52.45 seconds, sophomore Rachel Anderson won the 200-yard fly with a time of 2:07.57, freshman Morgan Smith earned her first win with a 5:07.34 in the 500-yard free, junior Sophie Rittenhouse took the 200-yard back in 2:05.59 and junior Allie Christy won the 200-yard breast in 2:23.17. Georgetown won the 200-yard IM as its sole individual win.
Out of 11 events, the Tribe women came away with nine victories.
In women’s relays, the Tribe claimed the 200-yard free relay in 1:36.45 while Georgetown won the 400-yard medley relay. William and Mary’s winning relay team consisted of freshman Annie Miller, sophomore Jess Crowley, junior Georgie Crompton and senior Noelle Klockner.
The College is back in action next weekend to take part in the CAA Pod Meet hosted by Delaware, where it competes against James Madison, Delaware and North Carolina — Wilmington Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Note: Sports Editor Nick Cipolla contributed to this article.