Arendes, Nachtwey Earn A-10 Rookie Honors
Freshman divers claim weekly awards after Senior Day sweep
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington swimming and diving swept Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors Tuesday with divers Gabriella Arendes and Peter Nachtwey both recognized. The freshmen shined on the boards Saturday against Old Dominion, helping the Colonials claim a pair of Senior Day victories to close the regular season.
Arendes won both events in the home finale, highlighting a banner diving day for GW. The freshman from New York scored 241.25 on the 3-meter board and set a career high with a 264 in the 1-meter competition. On the women's side, the Colonials went 1-2-3 on both boards to score the maximum 32 diving points.
Nachtwey continued his strong freshman campaign with a victory on the 3-meter board (342.23) and a second-place showing in the 1-meter competition (290.03) behind teammate Jake Ortiz. Nachtwey's winning score met the NCAA Zones qualifying standard, which the freshman from Ohio previously reached in October when he set the program record in the event against Boston College (362.62).
It's the first A-10 honor for Arendes and first time a GW woman has won the award this season. Nachtwey was recognized for the fourth time this season, following a decorated fall that included wins on Nov. 7, Oct. 24 and Oct. 10. He's the first Colonial to be picked Rookie of the Week four times since the award was created in 1998.
Abigail Fusco also picked up an honor Tuesday for her performance against the Monarchs. The senior from Connecticut was named A-10 Women's Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com.
Fusco marked her final appearance at Smith Center Pool with three individual wins. She began her day with a 50-yard freestyle victory (20.64 seconds), followed up by holding off teammate Emily Zhang in the 100-yard freestyle (52.27) and closed by leading a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard butterfly ahead of teammates Andrea Ho and Ali Lapps (57.61). She's the third Colonial to be honored by the site this season, joining Zhang (Oct. 24) and Tommi Wolst (Nov. 7).
With the regular season finished, GW has turned its focus to preparing for the A-10 Championships, which begin on Feb. 14 in Geneva, Ohio.
Check out some highlights from GW's diving success Saturday below.
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