Read Coach Jim Dailey's Comments on the Potomac Relays
Oct. 21, 2002
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This past weekend we had the opportunity to compete in the Potomac Relay Classic hosted by American University. It was a great chance for us to swim some teams that we either don't see at all, or just see at ECAC Championships in February. Those teams were George Washington, Mary Washington, Loyola and Georgetown.
The meet was also a chance for me to get to know the first-year student-athletes better and get an idea of where they will fit into the lineup. Most everyone swam their best events, while some tried new events. Several swimmers found out that those new events could be fast events for them - they just didn't know it yet.
The meet went extremely well, with some very fast times in both meets. The women finished fourth behind George Washington, Navy and American. We missed beating American by only 15 points. The men finished third behind George Washington and American. Again, we missed beating American by 10 points.
Some impressive performances turned in by the women included: first-year swimmers Lindsay McCarthy swimming 5:22.84 in the 500 free and 1:01.95 in the 100 fly, Tory Littlefield swimming 1:02.05 in the 100 fly, and Jen Totten swimming 1:10.23 in the 100 breast.
Some impressive performances turned in by the men included: junior transfer Chris Grabowski swimming 52.91 in the 100 fly and splitting a 4:47.84 in the 500 free, first-year swimmer Greg VanVolkenburg splitting a 52.91 in the 3 x 100 back relay and a 21.79 in the 200 free relay. The 200 free relay of Jakub Pritz (21.90), VanVolkenburg (21.79), Steve Connlain (21.86) and John Veltri (21.81) went 1:27.17 for 2nd place.
The divers competed at Georgetown University for the diving portion of the Potomac Relay Classic. Both senior Justin Gaudreau and sophomore Crissy MacDonald won the 1-meter diving events, which was a great way to start the season for the divers.
All in all, it was a great day at American and Georgetown. The student-athletes had a great chance to see each other compete and figure out where each individual fits on the team. For me, it was a chance to see how the team works in competition and see where we need to go in our training for us to be much faster the next time we swim.
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