Graeter's Gold Highlights GW Men's Swimming's Third Day of A-10 Championships

Senior Phillip Graeter won his first-ever Atlantic 10 title on Friday in the 400 individual medley.

Feb. 22, 2013

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GENEVA, Ohio - Senior Phillip Graeter won his first-ever gold medal in the 400-yard individual medley to lead the George Washington men's swimming team on Day 3 of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the Spire Institute.

Graeter took home first place in the 400 IM with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3:53.72 to pace the Colonials. GW is in fourth place with a total of 270 points through three days and 13 events.

"We went into the night with a lot of intensity and a lot of focus and our swims were great," head coach Dan Rhinehart said. "We get stronger every day and we are heading into our final day of competition hot and ready."

St. Bonaventure continues to lead the pack with 470 points, followed by defending champion Massachusetts (389.5) in second and Xavier (363) in third. Trailing GW is Saint Louis (263.5) in fifth and Fordham and La Salle (239.5) tied for sixth.

Senior Zach Peart finished fifth in the B Final of the 400-IM, finishing 13th overall, with a time of 4:04.96, and sophomore Joe Lipworth finished in seventh in the B Final, 15th overall, with a career-best mark of 4:07.46. 

Sophomore Garrett Cottingham finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 56.79 seconds. Sophomore Adam Rabe took home third in the B Final of the 100-breast, 11th overall, with a career-best time of 56.94 seconds. 

In the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Oliver Keegan earned a seventh-place finish with a time of 49.82 seconds, .48 seconds shy of the school record set in 1999. Sophomore Sean Rhinehart finished third in the B Final of the 100-fly, 11th overall, with a career-best time of 50.25 seconds.

In the B Final of the 200-yard freestyle, senior Stephen Nelson finished third with a career-best time of 1:40.00, while freshman Jordan Sharples finished fourth with a career-best time of 1:40.13 and senior Niklas Glenesk finished fifth with a time of 1:40.51. The trio finished 11th, 12th and 13th overall.

Junior Jake Mortensen finished second in the B Final of the 100-yard backstroke, 10th overall, with a career-best time of 50.53 seconds. In the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay team of Mortensen, Cottingham, Keegan and senior Luke Quimby finished sixth with a time of 3:20.57.

The final day of the A-10 Championships at the Spire Institute opens on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the preliminary events, followed by the finals at 6:30 p.m.



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