The Georgetown Swimming & Diving team kicks off their 2021-22 season with the Potomac Relays this afternoon, so its only right that Casual Hoya sponsored two H2OYAS for a #documentyourlunch blog promotion.
Over the summer, we wrote about Drew Carbone swimming backstroke at Olympic Trials in Omaha—reportedly only the second H2OYA to accomplish that. He told GUHoyas that it was a “dream come true.” Drew, from Massachusetts, is now a graduate student using the last year of his eligibility.
Sean Devlin, also from Massachusetts, is a co-captain of the men’s team and also the president of the Georgetown University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Sean’s a sprint freestyler who also races in some butterfly events. With Sean’s role with SAAC, the group aims to bring the student-athlete community together and support initiatives that improve the experience on the Hilltop, meaningfully engage with the community, and share thoughts on programs, policies, or legislation that impacts student-athletes. Also, they’re trying to generate NIL opportunities!
When Sean and Drew were asked about what they would put their NIL funds towards, their shared response was “pizza for the team.” It certainly would be a nice team gesture, but we won’t hold them to that!
Today, several Washington D.C. college teams will begin their season with the Potomac Relays, hosted by American University at the Reeves Aquatic Center. As the name suggests, it’s an an all-relay meet with no individual events. Typically, some of the featured events are 1,000 yard relay with a team of two each swimming a 500 yard freestyle race, as well as the 300 IM relay that requires three swimmers to each swim a 100 IM. These are far from typical races for a college meet, but the odd events offer a bit of fun to start the long season.
Personally, this humble blog contributor always enjoyed the Potomac Relays. It’s a great tradition that brings local programs together and was always great to reconnect with friendly rival swimmers.
Press Release from GUHoyas.com
Swimming & Diving Announces 2021-22 Schedule Presented by MedStar Health
WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jack Leavitt has announced the program’s schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 season, presented by MedStar Health. The Hoyas will compete in nine regular season meets, including four on the Hilltop at Albert G. McCarthy Pool, as the squad prepares for the 2022 BIG EAST Championships in February.
“We have some exciting additions to the schedule this year,” said Leavitt. “The team is excited to get back in the water and compete and we feel these opponents will get us ready for the BIG EAST Championship meet.”
The Hoyas will kick things off with a pair of exhibitions, starting with the annual Potomac Relays on September 24. The swimming portion of the meet will take place at American University while Georgetown will host the diving. The Blue & Gray will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia for a fall training trip, October 8-11. The trip will culminate with an exhibition meet against the Cavaliers.
The first two regular season meets will take place the weekend of October 15-16, as the Hoyas will stay in the District for competitions at American (Oct. 15) and at Howard (Oct. 16). The following weekend, October 23, GU will travel to Storrs, Connecticut for a tri-meet against host UConn and NJIT.
The first home meet will see the Hoyas host BIG EAST rival Villanova on the Hilltop on Oct. 30 before the squad heads back out on the road for a dual meet at Fordham (Nov. 6). The fall portion of the schedule will close the weekend of November 19-21 at the Terrier Invitational in Boston.
Georgetown will head south for its annual winter training trip, spending more than a week in Miami while training at Florida International University from December 31 through January 8.
The spring semester will feature three regular season home meets as the Hoyas make their final push toward the postseason. The Blue & Gray will play host to Johns Hopkins (Jan. 21), George Washington (Jan. 22) and Seton Hall (Jan. 29), all at McCarthy Pool.
The 2022 BIG EAST Championships will return to the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York. The championship meet will take place February 23-26. At the 2020 BIG EAST Championships, both the men’s and women’s squads finished second, while the women’s 749 points were the most in program history. The Blue & Gray won 11 total gold medals at the meet and set a total of 19 new program records.
Sep. 24 Potomac Relays
Oct. 8-11 Virginia Fall Trip
Oct. 15 at American
Oct. 16 at Howard
Oct. 23 at UCONN / NJIT
Oct. 30 Villanova
Nov. 6 at Fordham
Nov. 19-21 at Terrier Invitational
Jan. 21 Johns Hopkins
Jan. 22 George Washington
Jan. 29 Seton Hall
Feb. 23-26 BIG EAST Championships
*Home meets in bold at McCarthy Pool
Good luck this season, H2OYAS! HOYA SAXA!