Oct. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington men’s swimming team opened its 2013-14 campaign with a third-place finish at the Potomac Relays at nearby American on Friday.
Competing strictly in relay events, the Colonials garnered eight top-five finishes and tallied 54 points to finish third out of seven teams at Reeves Pool. Sophomore Oliver Keegan and rookie Bogdan Balteanu were each a part of four top-five relay teams.
The 300-yard butterfly relay of Keegan, Balteanu and freshman Ben Fitch took home third with a time of 2:36.48, and the 800-yard freestyle of freshman Liam Huffman, sophomore Jordan Sharples, Keegan and Fitch earned third in 7:06.29.
Junior Adam Rabe, classmate Garrett Cottingham and Balteanu finished third in the 300-yard breaststroke relay, clocking in at3:00.78. In the 500 free relay senior Jake Mortensen, Fitch and Sharples earned third place with a time of 4:14.98.
The 200-yard medley relay team, made up of Mortensen, Rabe, Keegan and Balteanu, finished in 1:37.49 for a fourth-place finish, and junior Joe Lipworth, Rabe, Mortensen and freshman Matt McPherson finished fourth in the 400 medley relay in3:43.89.
In the final event of the evening the 200 free relay team of Fitch, Rabe, Keegan and Balteanu finished fourth in 1:22.57.
Towson won the meet with 100 points while Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason finished second with 84 points. Local foe Georgetown finished in fourth behind GW with a total of 48 points followed by host American (20) in fifth, Mary Washington’s A team (13) in sixth and its B team (9) in seventh.
GW returns to the pool next weekend for a two-day tri-meet with American, Catholic and Loyola.