GW Women's Swimming Comes From Behind to Defeat Georgetown, 132-129

The GW women's swimming team defeated Georgetown, 132-129, Saturday afternoon in Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

Jan. 21, 2012

Final Results

WASHINGTON – In its final home meet of the 2011-12 season, the George Washington women’s swimming team posted necessary first- and third-place finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay to earn a come from behind 132-129 victory over district rival Georgetown on Saturday afternoon in Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

The Colonials went into the final event down by just six points and the Buff and Blue failed to surrender, avenging a 168-104 loss from just one year ago. Sophomores Caroline Myers and Lindsay Moore paced GW with four and three victories, respectively.

“This was a very exciting meet,” said head coach Dan Rhinehart. “I couldn’t be happier or more impressed with how these swimmers stepped up today. They deserved this win.”

Moore, sophomore Rachael Johnston, and freshmen Bianca Valencia and Morgan Zebley opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:05.42. Myers picked up her first victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle in convincing fashion with a time of 10:31.45.

Sophomore Melissa Fernandez won the 200 free in 1:57.77, followed by classmate Taylor Cole in third with a time of 2:01.69. Moore posted her second win of the day in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 1:00.11.



Sophomore Remy Neville earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.46, while Johnston came in a close fourth in 1:11.17. Valencia took home second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:10.08, just .49 seconds behind Georgetown’s first-place finisher.

Moore won her final event in the 200 back with a time of 2:09.53, 3.71 seconds ahead of Georgetown’s second-place finisher. Myers’ second victory came in the 500 free when she touched the wall in 5:13.05. Sophomore Erica Becker earned second in 5:19.48 and Cole finished in third with a time of 5:22.90.

Myers won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:35.60, followed by classmate Emily Kane in fourth with a time of 4:44.79. The 400 free relay of Fernandez, Cole, Zebley and Myers won the event in 3:39.56, and freshman Brittany Liedholm, senior Sameera Al Bitar, Valencia and Moore pushed through to earn a third-place finish with a time of 3:46.57 and give GW the eventual victory.

The Colonials travel to George Mason on Saturday, Jan. 28 for its final dual meet of the regular season before heading to the Atlantic 10 Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., from Feb. 22-25.

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