GW Men's Swimming Finishes Fourth at Patriot Invitational

Junior Garrett Cottingham won the 200 breast on Saturday at the Patriot Invitational.

Nov. 23, 2013

FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior Garrett Cottingham and junior Goran Koprivnjak won a pair of events on Saturday to pace the George Washington men’s swimming team to a fourth-place finish at George Mason’s Patriot Invitational to close its 2013 fall schedule.

The Colonials garnered 495 points over the three-day event at the Patriots' Jim McKay Natatorium and Aquatics and Fitness Center.

Cottingham won his second event in as many days when he touched the wall in a season-fastest 2:04.84 in the 200-yard breaststroke. The Colonials took home first, second and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly as Koprivnjak won the event in a season-best time of 1:50.76, followed by sophomore Oliver Keegan in a season-fastest mark of 1:51.67 and freshman Matt McPherson in 1:55.93.

Rookie Liam Huffman earned a third-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle in16:13.02, while senior Spencer Neff finished eighth in 16:29.33. In the 200-yard backstroke, senior Jake Mortensen claimed third in a season-best time of 1:51.06.



The 400 free relay team of Koprivnjak, Huffman and freshmen Ben Fitch and Bogdan Balteanu clocked in at 3:07.42 to finish fourth and wrap the day’s action.

Host GMU won the invitational with 963 points followed by UNC-Wilmington in second (861) and UMBC in third (713). Following GW was Seton Hall in fifth (329), American in sixth (327), NCAA Division II Shippensburg in seventh (120) and Howard in eighth (38).

GW returns to the pool in January 2014 following its annual winter break training trip to Puerto Rico. The Buff and Blue kick off the New Year on Jan. 10at the two-day Rhode Island Invitational in Kingston, R.I.

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