GW Men's Swimming Falls to Bucknell, 165-91, in First Dual Meet
Balteanu, Koprivnjak Pace Colonials In Home Opener
Oct. 19, 2013
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.
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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