GW Men's Swimming in Fourth Through Two Days of A-10 Championships

Stephen Nelson, Niklas Glenesk and Jordan Sharples finished fifth, 15th and fourth, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday.

Feb. 21, 2013

 - The George Washington men's swimming team sits in fourth place with a total of 160 points through two days and eight events at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Spire Institute.

St. Bonaventure remains in first place with 249.5 points, followed by Xavier (207) in second and reigning conference champion Massachusetts (204) in third. Following GW is Saint Louis (149) in fifth, La Salle (145.5) in sixth and Fordham (131) in seventh.

"We had some excellent swims tonight and I couldn't be prouder," head coach Dan Rhinehart said. "We've put ourselves in a good position to climb the standings, and we're going to go out with all we have on Friday morning."

Freshman Oliver Keegan and senior Phillip Graeter made their second trips to the podium in as many days as they both claimed third-place finishes in their respective events. 

Keegan (4:27.93), fellow rookie Jordan Sharples (4:28.03) and senior Stephen Nelson (4:31.00) finished neck-and-neck in third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle all in career-best times. Keegan's finish was .45 seconds shy of the school-record time of 4:27.48, set by Glendon Flint in 1996. Senior Niklas Glenesk finished seventh in the B Final of the 500 free, 15th overall, with a time of 4:36.87.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Graeter took home third place in 1:49.63, with .43 seconds separating first through third places. Sophomore Joe Lipworth finished second in the B Final of the 200 IM, 10th overall, with a time of 1:52.52, and senior Zach Peart clocked in at 1:53.95 for a seventh-place finish in the B Final and 15th place overall.

Senior Luke Quimby touched the wall in a career-best time of 20.92 seconds to finish fourth in the B Final of the 50 free, good for 12th overall. Sophomore Sean Rhinehart finished eighth in the 50 free B Final and 16th overall with a time of 21.39 seconds.

In the final event of the night, the 200 free relay team comprised of Glenesk, Keegan, Rhinehart and Quimby finished seventh with a time of 1:22.99.

Action at the Spire Institute continues on Friday with the preliminary events beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by the finals at 6:30 p.m.



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