Swimming & Diving Heads to Magnus Cup Invitational

Nov. 15, 2017

George Washington swimming and diving is set for the sixth annual Magnus Cup Invitational, which begins Friday at Cleveland State's Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.

The Colonials are among 15 women's teams and 10 men's squads scheduled to compete. The three-day meet includes a round of preliminary races each morning followed by finals.

GW's men finished third out of nine squads last season at the Magnus Cup Invitational, while the women placed sixth out of 14.

LAST TIME OUT: GW has been off since grabbing a pair of home wins over Davidson on Nov. 4. Eight different women won individual events on the way to a 174-115 victory, while Tommi Wolst paced the men with three individual event wins in a 169-124 triumph.

Wolst was recognized as Atlantic 10 Co-Performer of the Week, and Peter Nachtwey earned the conference's Rookie of the Week award for a third time.

The men wrapped up the fall 3-0 in dual meets, while the women improved to 4-1 with one head-to-head competition remaining before winter break.

SCOUTING THE FIELD: The GW men will compete against host Cleveland State, Fairmont State, Cumberlands, Xavier, John Carroll, Saginaw Valley, Indiana (Pa), Simon Fraser and West Virginia Tech. The women are joined by Cleveland State, Fairmont State, Cumberlands, Xavier, John Carroll, Saginaw Valley, Indiana (Pa.), Simon Fraser, West Virginia Tech, Akron, Duquesne, Youngstown State, California (Pa.) and St. Francis (Pa.).

The Cleveland State men and Akron women are the defending champions.

FINALS SCHEDULE: Friday: 200 Free Relay, 50 Breaststroke, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 400 Medley Relay, Women 1-meter diving/Men 3-meter diving.

Saturday: 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 800 Freestyle Relay, Women 3-meter diving/Men 1-meter diving.

Sunday: 1,650 Freestyle, 100 IM, 50 Butterfly, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 50 Backstroke, 200 Butterfly, 400 Freestyle Relay.

LAST TIME AT MAGNUS CUP: Last year, Jake Ortiz (1-meter dive) and Shawn Lemarie (1,650 free) posted individual wins for the Colonials.

Max Forstenhaeusler (100 free, 200 IM), Gustav Hokfelt (100 back, 50 back), Jackie Torrez (200 fly, 400 IM), Andrew Cho (200 back, 50 back), Alex Cronin (1,650 free), Liam Huffman (1,650 free), Emils Pone (50 back), Alexander Auster (50 fly) and Emily Zhang (200 IM) all logged top-five individual finishes.

Wolst had a strong meet competing for Cleveland State, posting wins in the 50-yard breaststroke and 200-yard backstroke and second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breastroke. He joined the Colonials as a transfer this season.

COMING UP: GW has just one meet left on its fall schedule. The women will face A-10 foe Richmond on Dec. 2 at Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The next full-squad competition is on Jan. 13, 2018, at American against the host Eagles and Georgetown.

WATCH & LEARN: Head Coach James Winchester, Cho, Isobel Walker and Peter Nachtwey preview the weekend at the Magnus Cup Invitational.



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