GW Women's Swimming Drops Close Battle to Old Dominion, 140-119

Freshman Janica Lee won the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley events against Old Dominion.

Dec. 3, 2011

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Final Results

WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s swimming team posted 25 top-three finishes against Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Colonials fell to the Lady Monarchs, 140-119, in Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

“I am very happy and impressed with how everyone swam today,” said head coach Dan Rhinehart. “It’s tough to come back from Thanksgiving break and jump right into a meet, but I thought they all swam very well.”

Sophomore Lindsay Moore had first-place finishes in both the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, while freshman Janica Lee also took home first-place finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley to pace the Buff and Blue. Sophomore Caroline Myers earned second-place finishes in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events and finished third in the 200 free.

Moore claimed top honors in the 100 back, touching the wall in 1:00.85. Freshman Morgan Zebley landed third less than one second behind with a time of 1:01.74.

Moore took home her second first-place finish of the day in the 200 back when she touched the wall in 2:09.87. Lee swam a time of 2:26.05 in the 200 breast to claim a first-place finish. Sophomore Remy Neville clocked in at 2:30.21 for third place.

Myers finished second in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:27.69, just three seconds behind Old Dominion’s top finisher. Classmate Erica Becker finished third in the event in 10:59.32.

Myers also took home second in the 500 free, touching the wall in 5:04.91, just .15 seconds behind the Lady Monarch’s first-place finisher. Becker finished in third with a time of 5:23.29.

Lee and Myers finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 free. Lee clocked in at 1:57.29, less than one second behind ODU’s top finisher, while Myers finished a close third with a time of 1:57.46.

Lee won her second event of the day in a close battle with Old Dominion’s Laura Cempel in the 200 IM. Lee clocked in at 2:11.29 for a first-place finish, just .37 seconds ahead of Cempel. Neville finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.98, followed by classmate Rachael Johnston in third with a time of 1:10.59.

Zebley, freshman Bianca Valencia and sophomore Emily Kane swept second through fourth places in the 100-yard butterfly. Zebley clocked in at 57.93 seconds for second place, followed by Valencia in third in 58.67 seconds and Kane in fourth with a time of 1:03.15.

Sophomores Sloan Saunders and Sydney Saunders finished second and third, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 24.92 and 25.21 seconds. The pair then duplicated the finishes in the 100-yard freestyle. Sloan clocked in at 54.36 seconds for second place, followed by Sydney in third place in 54.44 seconds.

GW’s 400-yard freestyle relay teams claimed second and third places with times of 3:39.53 and 3:46.32. Sloan Saunders, sophomore Melissa Fernandez, Zebley and Sydney Saunders took home second and freshman Brittany Liedholm, Valencia, Myers and Moore finished in third.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Moore, Lee, Zebley and Sydney Saunders finished second with a time of 1:47.05, seven seconds behind ODU’s first-place team.

The Colonials take a break from competition until the New Year. GW opens 2012 action with an Atlantic 10 quad-meet with La Salle, Massachusetts and Rhode Island from Jan. 13 – 14 in Kingston, R.I.



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