GW Men's Swimming Takes Second at Rhode Island Invitational
Mortensen, Huffman, Koprivnjak Lead Colonials on Day 2 of Competition
Jan. 11, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - The George Washington men's swimming team finished second at the Rhode Island Invitational to open the 2014 portion of its schedule on Saturday.
Senior Jake Mortensen paced the Colonials with two individual victories and freshman Liam Huffman and junior Goran Koprivnjak each won an individual and relay event as GW finished second at the two-day meet at the Rams' Tootell Aquatic Center with a total of 351 points.
Mortensen first claimed the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.07 seconds and freshman Ryan O'Malley earned fourth place in 56.82 seconds. The Albuquerque, N.M., native then won the 200 back as he clocked in at 1:54.02.
Rookie Liam Huffman won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:49.56, and senior Spencer Neff finished in second in 9:58.73 followed by freshman Nick Smagula in fifth in 10:07.04. Koprivnjak earned first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.63 and freshmen Matt McPherson (2:00.45) and Ben Fitch (2:00.53) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Balteanu earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.61, while Huffman finished in 1:46.81 for fourth place and Jordan Sharples finished in fifth in 1:47.33. Rabe took home second in the 100-yard breaststroke as he touched the wall in 1:00.26, then earned second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.23.
In the 400-yard individual medley Koprivnjak (2:08.56) and McPherson (4:15.59) finished second and third, respectively. Balteanu was GW's top finisher in the 100 free as he finished in 48.43 seconds for a fourth-place finish. Mortensen, Rabe, Koprivnjak and Balteanu teamed up for a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:38.13.
Massachusetts won the meet with 594 points while Rhode Island finished third with 161 points.
GW returns to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 18 for its home finale and Senior Day meet. Action against crosstown rival Georgetown inside the Smith Center Pool is slated for 1 p.m.