Swimming and diving sinks Georgetown swim team

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Senior Tyler Kawakami, Koo, Matic and Sivaramakrishnan won in the 400-yard freestyle at the final event of the meet with a 3:06.37 time.

GW swimming and diving trounced Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Albert G. McCarthy pool, extending their winning streak against the Hoyas to six dating back to the 2015-16 season with 133 points for the men’s team and 143 points for the women’s team compared to Georgetown’s 108 for the men’s team and 92 points for the women’s.

The Colonials won the first seven straight of the 26-event meet, outperforming the Hoyas in 20 total, led by a perfect 13-for-13 record for the women’s team. GW continued its record-breaking crusade with five Georgetown pool records in their second dual-meet victory of 2023 as they look to continue their success after losing four meets last year.

Here’s a recap of the meet for both programs:

Men’s team:

The men’s team broke a pair of records in the 400-yard medley relay and the 100-yard backstroke in the first leg of the 400-yard relay to kickstart the meet. Junior Karol Mlynarczyk set the 100-yard backstroke record with a 48.12 time and later joined sophomore Bode Ringenbach, redshirt junior Djurdje Matic and junior Dylan Koo to secure a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a 3:20.68 time.

The Colonials locked down the top three 100-yard freestyle times, where sophomore Philip Moldovanu won the race in 9:32.66, senior Brendan Conley took second place with 9:46.96 and senior Zach Hu took third with 9:47.33.

In the 200-yard freestyle, graduate student Marek Osina led the way for GW to sweep the podium in its second-straight event with a 1:42.97 time, followed by freshman Daniel Nagy in second place with 1:43.24 and senior Oscar Madsen taking third place with 1:45.19.

Nagy notched consecutive first-place finishes with a 1:51.07 time in the 200-yard butterfly.

Graduate student Ryan Patterson, freshman Ganesh Sivaramakrishnan and Mlynarczyk achieved a third completed podium sweep in the 200-yard backstroke event. Patterson led the group with a 1:50.82 time, cutting two seconds from his time last weekend, marking a season-best. Mlynarczyk recorded a second-place finish in 1:52.43, and Sivaramakrishnan secured third with a 1:54.23 finish.

Graduate students Mikhail Lyubavskiy and Moldovanu took second and first place in the 500-yard freestyle, respectively.

Senior Tyler Kawakami, Koo, Matic and Sivaramakrishnan won in the 400-yard freestyle at the final event of the meet with a 3:06.37 time.

Women’s team:

Graduate student Grace Olivardia, sophomore Barbara Schaal, sophomore Ava DeAngelis and junior Marlee Rickert kicked off the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a 3:52.30 gaining an event victory to start the meet.

The Colonials recorded the top three finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle, where freshman Ava Topolewski led the podium with 10:14.57 in her second victory in the event in two meets. Sophomore Molly Smyers and sophomore Taylor Bernosky followed with second-place (10:22.45) and third-place (10:29.48) finishes, respectively.

Freshman Phoebe Wright won two of her individual meets, setting a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke by more than six seconds with a 2:01.90 time and beating out teammate Siena Senn in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.16 to take first place.

Sophomore Julia Knox achieved first place in the 400-yard Individual Medley and broke the pool record by eight seconds with a 4:23.88 time.

Freshman Olivia Paquette earned first place in the three-meter dive, setting a pool record with 301.88 points, followed by sophomore Dara Reyblat and senior Jamie Doak finished second 248.03 and third place 244.43. Diving is measured from 1 to 10 by a panel of judges who then multiply the scores.

The Hoyas were only able to hold on to a third-place finish in the one-meter dive, where senior Emelie Ginovker recorded a third-place finish with a 222.75 points.

Doak went on to win the one-meter dive with 258.30 points, followed by Paquette, who won second place with 256.80 points.

Schaal won two individual races with a first-place, 24.73 timed finish in the 50-yard freestyle and first place in the 100-yard freestyle, followed by senior Becca Brown, who won second place in the 50-yard freestyle with a 24.89 time.

Smyers nabbed a first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, and Topolewski took second place with a 2:05.17 time.

Topolewski led the competition in another first-place time for GW, finishing in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.84, just .33 seconds in front of Knox who came in second place with 5:00.17.

DeAngelis recorded a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:20.77 time.

The meet ended with a first-place performance by GW in the 400-yard freestyle relay, where Rickert, Wright, Olivardia and Brown recorded a 3:32.57 time.

The Colonials will return on Feb. 3 at the Cavalier Invite in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they hope to continue the winning streak to gain a good position in the NCAA Championships.

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