GW Men's Swimming Erases Two Records at A-10 Championships
Junior Goran Koprivnjak Part of Both School Record-Setting Events
Feb. 21, 2014
WHO: GW Men's Swimming
GENEVA, Ohio – Junior Goran Koprivnjak was part of two record-breaking performances to help pace the George Washington men’s swimming team on the third day of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships on Friday evening at the SPIRE Institute.
Koprivnjak surpassed a 15-year-old individual GW mark and swam the final leg of the record-setting 400-yard relay to lead the Colonials as they head into the final day of competition. The lone program competing without a diving team, GW is in sixth place through three days of competition with a total of 246 points.
Koprivnjak first took home fourth place in the 100 fly when he touched the wall in 49.0 seconds, erasing Juan Bocanegra’s time of 49.34 seconds, which he set when he won the event at the 1999 A-10 Championships. Sophomore Oliver Keegan finished fourth in the B Final of the 100 fly, good for 12th overall, with a time of 50.19 seconds.
In the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay team took home fourth place and snapped a 16-year-old GW record with a new time of 3:19.45. Senior Jake Mortensen, junior Adam Rabe, Keegan and Koprivnjak erased the record from 1998 in which Tim Champney, Rush Taylor, David Simonetti and Bocanegra set when they won gold at the league meet.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Rabe earned sixth with a career-best time of 55.58 seconds, and freshman Matt McPherson took home seventh place in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:01.71. Sophomore Jordan Sharples won the B Final and took home ninth overall in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.62 and rookie Liam Huffman finished fifth, good for 13th overall, in 1:40.59.
Mortensen finished eighth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.26 seconds while junior Joe Lipworth finished fourth in the B Final and 12th overall in 51.08 seconds.
St. Bonaventure is in first place with 516 points, followed by Massachusetts in second (432), George Mason in third (408), La Salle in fourth (281) and Saint Louis in fifth (265). Fordham trails GW in seventh place with 197 points.
The Colonials return to the pool on Saturday for the final day of the league championships, beginning with the preliminary heats of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly at 10:30 a.m.