Men's Swimming & Diving Holds Strong at A-10 Championships
Colonials won seven medals Friday to keep the lead
GENEVA, Ohio - A record-setting 400-yard medley relay Friday night served as a fitting cap to another banner day at the Atlantic 10 Championships for George Washington men's swimming and diving.
The Colonials head into the final day at the SPIRE Institute atop the team standings. The defending conference champions have 494 points to outpace George Mason (371), La Salle (326) and Massachusetts (300).
Hokfelt snapped his own A-10 and program record in the 100-yard backstroke three times on the day. The senior from Sweden did it the first time during morning prelims and then again during the evening final when he cruised to a repeat gold medal in 46.24 seconds.
To finish a spectacular day, Hokfelt bettered that mark by completing the opening backstroke leg of the 400 medley relay in 46.02 seconds. That set the tone for a GW victory that finished in 3:12.46 and dropped more than a second off GW's winning time from last season.
Earlier, Emils Pone earned his first career individual gold medal with a win in the 400-yard individual medley (3:52.84). The sophomore from Latvia was followed by freshman Youssef Ragab, who turned in back-to-back career bests in the event to grab silver.
GW took silver and bronze as part of an impressive showing in the 200-yard freestyle. Moritz Fath broke his own program record (1:37.28) in his second place finish with teammate Max Forstenhaeusler close behind. Adam Drury (fourth), Alexander Auster (eighth) and Patrick Lersch (13th) also scored in the event.
Peter Nachtwey landed on the medal stand for the second time this week, earning silver in the 3-meter diving competition. The freshman posted a score of 353.55 in the final, good for second behind La Salle's Dylan Yurasits. Teammates Jake Ortiz (fifth) and Nick Tomczyk (eighth) also made the championship final with Nathaniel Hayward (15th) in the B final.
GW also got points from Wolst (fourth) and Charles Sturgeon (11th) in the 100-yard breaststroke. Wolst posted an NCAA B cut time of 54.98 seconds in the final.
UP NEXT: A-10 champions will be crowned Saturday after a final day of competition. Preliminary events begin at 10 a.m. with finals starting at 6:30 p.m. The full schedule is available here.
WATCH THIS: Hear from Head Coach James Winchester, Pone and Nachtwey after the third day of the A-10 Championships.
Our men continue to lead at The A-10 Championships with our women holding down third. Hear from Head Coach James Winchester, Emily Zhang, Emils Pone and Peter Nachtwey after Friday's competition. #RaiseHigh pic.twitter.com/rZd8a0FOlF
-- GW Swimming & Diving (@GWSwimDive) February 17, 2018
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