GW Women's Swimming Falls to UMBC, 138-119
Junior Caroline Myers Paces Colonials with Four Top Finishes
Oct. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s swimming team dropped a 138-119 decision to nearby UMBC on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Junior Caroline Myers paced the Colonials in their opening dual meet of the season with first-place finishes in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay events.
Myers, freshman Riley LeBlanc and classmate Madison Reinker took home first, second and fourth, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Myers won the event with a time of 10:27.70, followed by LeBlanc in second in 10:33.47 and Reinker in fourth with a time of 10:47.36.
Myers then won the very next event in the 200-yard freestyle when she touched the wall in 1:55.84. Freshman Kally Vanderbilt clocked in at 1:58.98 for a third-place finish and junior Melissa Fernandez followed in fourth in 2:00.66. Myers and LeBlanc finished first and second once more in the 500-yard freestyle as the junior standout won with a time of 5:06.63 and LeBlanc came in second in 5:11.42.
Junior Lindsay Moore earned a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.50. Sophomore Janica Lee finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.51 and freshman Lauren Steagall closely followed in second in 1:09.04. Lee then won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:27.48.
Junior Sloan Saunders clocked in at 25.16 seconds to finish second in the 50-yard freestyle, and twin sister Sydney Saunders followed just .07 seconds later to claim third in 25.23. Sydney Saunders then finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.16 seconds, and Sloan Saunders came in fourth in 54.69.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Steagall finished in 1:01.68 for a second-place finish. Lee, freshman Hannah Schaefer and junior Emily Kane took the top three spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Lee won with a time of 2:12.04, Schaefer finished second in 2:13.62 and Kane came in third with a time of 2:17.82.
The Colonials closed the meet with first- and second-place finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Sloan and Sydney Saunders, Fernandez and Myers won with a time of 3:36.57, and Moore, junior Taylor Cole, Reinker and Vanderbilt came in second in 3:44.11.
GW returns home on Saturday, Nov. 3 when the squad welcomes Drexel to the Smith Center Pool. Action is slated for 1:00 p.m.