Aug. 8, 2001
As the GW men's and women's teams take to the water for the 2001-2002 season, they will be working hard to improve on last year's results. The quality of returning veterans, combined with strong incoming classes for both squads, should go a long way toward improving on the second place (women) and third place (men) finishes at last season's A-10 championships.
The biggest obstacle for the men will be to overcome graduation. The Colonials graduated five strong athletes from last season's squad - including NCAA Qualifier, A-10 record holder and GW Male Athlete of the Year, Alvaro Fortuny. As a result, this figures to be a "rebuilding" year for the men's team. David Dillehay, the A-10 champion in the 1,650-yd freestyle along with sophomores Andrew De Sorbo, Joshua Roberts, Rob Stuart and Ryan White, all return as the men will look to improve upon their performance at last year's A-10 championships. This group - along with an incoming class of Bryan Ferretti, David Penneys, Steven McCarthy, James Golihar and Tom Roman - bring versatility and dedication to the team, a sure formula for winning.
The women's team returns all but one letterwinner from last season's second place A-10 championship team. The women find themselves defending A-10 champions in nine events. The Colonials will be led by team MVP senior Nell Friar (100-yd and 200-yd A-10 breaststroke champion), senior Jocelyn Finch (200-yd IM A-10 champion), sophomore Ruth Dubyel (100-yd fly and 100-yd backstroke champion) and sophomore Kristen Fagley (500-yd freestyle and 200-yd freestyle champion), the A-10 Rookie Performer of the Meet. Incoming freshmen Jessica Jaross, Alison Stilwell, Kirsten Rasmuson and Jill Ursini will only add to the already strong women's team as they look to capture the Atlantic 10 championship!