GW Men's Swimming Falls at Drexel, 180-108

Freshman Ben Fitch.

Nov. 2, 2013


PHILADELPHIA – The George Washington men’s swimming team dropped a 180-108 decision to Drexel at Drexel Pool on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Goran Koprivnjak won three individual events on the afternoon to pace the Colonials, while sophomore Jordan Sharples and senior Jake Mortensen each earned first-place finishes, as well.

Koprivnjak took home top honors in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.17 and Sharples (1:44.95) and freshman Ben Fitch (1:46.14) finished in third and fourth. Koprivnjak then won the 100 free in 47.63 seconds while rookie Bogdan Balteanu finished third in 48.08 seconds.

Sharples claimed first in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.11 and freshman Liam Huffman clocked in at 4:48.72 for second place. Mortensen won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:56.41 and freshman Ryan O’Malley finished in 2:04.17 for third followed by junior Joe Lipworth in fourth in 2:04.41.

Koprivnjak won his third event of the day in the 200-yard individual medley, touching the wall in 1:58.69. Freshman Matt McPherson finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.70.

Huffman and senior Spencer Neff finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle with times of 9:57.74 and 10:04.65. In the 100-yard backstroke, Mortensen earned a second-place finish in 53.90 seconds while O’Malley (55.64) and Lipworth (55.84) earned fourth and fifth, respectively.

Junior Garrett Cottingham touched the wall in 1:00.73 for a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sophomore Oliver Keegan (1:56.38), McPherson (1:58.63) and Fitch (2:00.39) finished third, fourth and fifth in the 200-yard butterfly, respectively. In the 100 fly, Keegan took home third in 53.65 seconds and Fitch garnered fourth in 53.81 seconds.

The 200 free relay team wrapped the afternoon with a third-place finish as junior Adam Rabe, Sharples, Koprivnjak and Balteanu clocked in at 1:29.73.

GW returns home to host Towson on Saturday, Nov. 9. Action inside the Charles E. Smith Center Pool is slated for 1 p.m.



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