GW Women's Swimming Rallies to Down Georgetown, 147-146
Jan. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - For the second year in a row, the George Washington women's swimming team came from behind to defeat district rival Georgetown in the final event of the meet, posting first- and third-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay to win, 147-146, on Saturday afternoon at the Hoyas' McCarthy Pool.
The Colonials went into the final event trailing by eight points and needed to both win the relay and also place either second or third in order to win the meet, and they did just that, as the team of junior Sloan Saunders, freshman Kally Vanderbilt and juniors Melissa Fernandez and Sydney Saunders claimed first in 1:39.21 and the team of juniors Lindsay Moore and Taylor Cole, sophomore Morgan Zebley and junior Caroline Myers took third in 1:42.06. It was the same scenario as last season's dual meet between the crosstown rivals, as the Colonials trailed by six points heading into the final relay and took first and third to win in thrilling fashion.
Myers paced GW with three individual victories in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle. She was the only Colonial to win more than one individual event.
Myers led a GW sweep of the top three spots in all three of her events. She won in the 1,000 free in 10:29.92 and was followed by freshmen Riley LeBlanc (10:33.83) and Madison Reinker (10:37.39). In the 200 free, Myers touched in first in 1:57.30, just ahead of Sydney Saunders (1:57.37) and Fernandez (1:58.26). Finally Myers led the way in the 500 free in 5:08.34, followed by Reinker (5:10.36) and LeBlanc (5:11.25).
Steagall earned the victory in the 100 breast in 1:07.33, while Lee came in second in 1:08.27 and freshman Mara Debnekoff placed fourth in 1:09.86. Lee later won the 200 breast in 2:25.74, while junior Rachael Johnston, Debnekoff and junior Remy Neville placed third through fifth, respectively.
Saunders touched in first in the 100 free in a time of 53.43, while Vanderbilt came in third (55.10) and Sydney Saunders was fourth (55.34).
Moore placed second in both backstroke events, finishing the 100 back in 1:00.14 and the 200 back in 2:08.93.
Lee took second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.93, just one-tenth of a second behind Georgetown's Casey Bandman, who won the event. Neville (2:15.45) and freshman Hannah Schaefer (2:15.49) touched back-to-back to take third and fourth, respectively.
Zebley paced the Colonials in the 100-yard butterfly, taking second in 58.73, while Schaeffer was the top GW finisher in the 200 fly, as she came in third in 2:13.70. Sloan Saunders (25.05) and Vanderbilt (25.72) took second and third, respectively, in the 50 free.
The Colonials return to action next Saturday, when they host George Mason at 1 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.