Hokfelt Invited to NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Gustav Hokfelt's senior season will continue at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Gustav Hokfelt's senior season will continue at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
March 7, 2018

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WASHINGTON - George Washington's Gustav Hokfelt has been invited to compete at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be held later this month in Minneapolis.

Hokfelt achieved four NCAA-caliber individual times as part of an extraordinary performance at the Atlantic 10 Championships, helping the Colonials capture their second consecutive title. The senior from Sweden can swim three events at the national meet and heads in ranked 21st in the 100-yard backstroke (46.02 seconds), 34th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:41.97) and 66th in the 50-yard freestyle (20.12).

It's the third straight year and fifth time overall that GW will send a representative to the men's national championships.

Hokfelt's season continues after claiming seven total gold medals at the A-10 Championships to earn meet Most Outstanding Performer honors.

On Feb. 16, Hokfelt broke his own A-10 and program record three times in his top event, the 100 back. The senior first took down the mark in preliminary qualifying, then again en route to individual gold in the evening final and a third time with his blistering split as the opening leg of the 400-yard medley relay.

The Colonials went on to claim gold in the relay, setting new conference and program marks in the process (3:12.46).

Hokfelt's outstanding effort at the conference meet also included individual wins in the 50 free and 200 back and victories in the 200 medley (1:27.47), 200 free (1:20.41) and 400 free (2:57.11) relays.

In total, Hokfelt posted four individual program record times and had a hand in three new relay marks. He also broke four conference records, two as an individual and two as part of relays.

Hokfelt joins Andrea Bolognesi (2016, 2017), Alvaro Fortuny (2001) and Tim Champney (1999) on the list of Colonial men to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Hokfelt will head to Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center for his NCAA debut. The meet begins on Wednesday, March 21, with his first event, the 50 free, contested a day later. He'll follow that up with the 100 back that Friday and the 200 back on Saturday. The top 16 performers in the preliminary round of each event will advance to finals with the top eight finishers earning First Team All-America status.

WATCH THIS: Hear from Hokfelt and GW head coach James Winchester after the senior's NCAA selection.



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