Freshman Oliver Keegan Leads GW Men's Swimming on Final Day of A-10s
Rookie Claims Gold in 200-Fly, Colonials Take Fourth at Conference Championships
Feb. 24, 2013
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GENEVA, Ohio - Freshman Oliver Keegan set a new school record in addition to the Atlantic 10 all-time mark in the 200-yard butterfly as the George Washington men's swimming team closed the four-day 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Spire Institute on Saturday.
One of just two programs competing without a diving team, the Colonials took home fourth place with a total of 397 points. St. Bonaventure led the way with 688 points followed by runner-up Massachusetts (613.5) and Xavier (519) in third. Finishing behind GW was Fordham (391.5) in fifth, Saint Louis (386.5) in sixth and La Salle (362.5) in seventh.
"I am incredibly proud of what this team has accomplished this week through hard work and dedication," head coach Dan Rhinehart said. "Words can't describe how happy I am with the performances over the past few days. We look to get better every day and we proved we can do just that."
Over the course of four days, the Buff and Blue snapped three school records - including one record twice - and made six appearances on the podium. Keegan and senior Phillip Graeter claimed gold medals in the 200-fly and 400 individual medley, respectively, to pace the Colonials.
Keegan led the way on Saturday as he came from behind in the 200 fly to not only break the GW record, but set a new all-time conference record as well with a time of 1:48.17. The London, England, native originally snapped the school record, which remained at 1:50.58 since 1999, in the preliminary heat of the 200 fly when he touched the wall in 1:50.45. Competing in his first-ever league championships, Keegan was a part of all four of the Colonials' record-setting performances over the week as he was a member of both record-setting 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays.
Sophomore Sean Rhinehart finished fifth in the 200-fly with in a career-best time of 1:51.10. Sophomore Garrett Cottingham made his first-ever trip to the podium on Saturday with a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:01.62. Classmate Adam Rabe finished in a close fourth as he clocked in at 2:01.77.
Senior Stephen Nelson closed his career with a fifth-place finish in the 1,650-free in a career-best time of 15:47.64. Graeter took home fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:45.67, and junior Jake Mortensen finished first in the B Final of the 200-back, ninth overall, with a time of 1:49.77.
The all-senior 400 free relay team of Graeter, Niklas Glenesk, Nelson and Luke Quimby wrapped the meet with a seventh-place finish in 3:03.69.
"This senior class is special and we will definitely miss them all in years to come," said Rhinehart. "They set the bar for what this team can accomplish and we are all excited for the future of the program."
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