Men's Swimming & Diving Repeats as A-10 Champion

GW captured its second consecutive A-10 men's swimming and diving title Saturday.
GW captured its second consecutive A-10 men's swimming and diving title Saturday.
Feb. 17, 2018

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GENEVA, Ohio - 
George Washington is the Atlantic 10 men's swimming and diving champion again.

The Colonials clinched their second consecutive conference title Saturday night at the SPIRE Institute, completing a dominant four-day run by earning five more medals. They led the meet from start to finish this time around, totaling 689 points to distance themselves from second-place George Mason (541).

Gustav Hokfelt, Alexander Auster, Max Forstenhaeusler and Adam Drury finished it in fitting style with a gold medal in the meet-closing 400 free relay in a program record time of 2:57.11.

"To put together a four-day meet like they did every session contributing from top-to-bottom, there's not much more you can ask as a coaching staff," said head coach James Winchester, who was named Co-Men's Swimming Coach of the Year. "I'm so proud of our student-athletes and how they performed this week."

GW delivered on expectations this week, earning a repeat championship with an impressive showcase of talent and depth. The Colonials won nine gold medals, six silver and four bronze medals in all and had 17 different individual scorers for the week. They exceeded their winning total from last year of 562.5 along the way.

Hokfelt was named the meet's Most Outstanding Performer after winning individual gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke and four more relay golds.

The senior from Sweden had a hand in four new A-10 records and set or reset four individual program marks this week. He finished the meet by setting the program's 100-yard freestyle mark with his blistering opening leg in the relay win.

"It means a lot," Hokfelt said of the repeat title. "Having the reward at the end after working hard feels amazing."

On Saturday, GW continued to pile up sterling performances, highlighted by individual gold medal swims from Moritz Fath in the 1,650-yard freestyle and Hokfelt in the 200-yard backstroke.

Fath posted his time of 15:35.64 in an afternoon heat and then watched poolside as it stood up to win upon completion of the final heat during the evening session. Seniors Clarke Indek (seventh) and Connor Hart (15th) also scored in the event.

Hokfelt won his gold with an incredible closing kick to edge La Salle's Fabian Bergman in 1:41.97 to break his own A-10 and program record set last year. Andrew Cho (sixth) and Emils Pone (seventh) also qualified for the championship final in the 200 back.

GW also placed three swimmers into the A final in the 100-yard freestyle. Forstenhaeusler was the first Colonial to finish, earning silver in 44.36 seconds. Auster was fifth with Drury right behind him, and Patrick Lersch won the B final to take ninth.

Tommi Wolst earned GW's other individual medal Saturday with a silver in the 200 breast (1:59.31). The Colonials also landed points from Charles Sturgeon (13th, 200 breast) and Youssef Ragab (15th, 200 fly) on the final day.

GW's consistency throughout the week made for a drama-free finish. When it was over, the Colonials piled into the pool for their second celebration in as many years.

WATCH THIS: Hear from Winchester, Hokfelt and Drury after GW's A-10 title victory.


 

 

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