GW Men's Swimming Falls to Bucknell, 165-91, in First Dual Meet

Junior Garrett Cottingham finished second in the 100 breast in 1:00.25.

Oct. 19, 2013

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WASHINGTON – The George Washington men’s swimming team fell to Bucknell, 165-91, on Saturday afternoon in the squad’s first dual meet of the season at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

The Colonials were led by freshman Bogdan Balteanu and junior Goran Koprivnjak, who each claimed two second-place finishes during the meet. 

Koprivnjak earned second in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.92 and freshman Matt McPherson claimed third in 1:58.00. Koprivnjak then finished second in the 100 fly in 52.14 seconds.

Freshman Bogdan Balteanu touched the wall in 22.12 seconds for a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, followed by junior Adam Rabe in fourth in 22.35. Balteanu then finished second in the 100 free with a time of 47.83 seconds.

Junior Garrett Cottingham finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.25. In the 200 breast Cottingham (2:11.42) finished in third and Rabe (2:13.89) finished in fourth.

In the 200-yard medley relay, senior Jake Mortensen, Cottingham, Koprivnjak and Balteanu clocked in at 1:36.95 for third.

Senior Spencer Neff and freshman Nick Smagula took home third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,000 free with times of 9:52.85 and 10:11.20. Rookies Ben Fitch (1:46.67) and Liam Huffman (1:46.91) finished third and fourth in the 200 free, and Mortensen earned third in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.71 seconds. 

The Colonials claimed third through sixth places in the 500 free with Neff (4:52.48), Huffman (4:55.63), Smagula (4:57.33) and Fitch (5:00.74). GW closed the afternoon with the 400 free relay and Koprivnjak, Huffman, Fitch and Balteanu finished second in 3:11.86 and freshman Ryan O’Malley, Smagula, Neff and McPherson took fourth in 3:23.56.

GW heads to UMBC on Saturday, Oct. 26 for its first road dual meet. Action in Baltimore, Md., is set to begin at 1 p.m.



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