GW Swimming Set for Three-Day Patriot Invitational
Colonials Look to Close 2013 Portion of Season on High Note
Nov. 20, 2013
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The 14th annual event in nearby Fairfax, Va., will kick off on Thursday morning and conclude on Saturday evening at the Patriots’ Jim McKay Natatorium in the Aquatics and Fitness Center. Joining GW and host GMU are teams from American, Howard, fellow A-10 foe Richmond, Seton Hall, NCAA Division II Shippensburg, UMBC and UNC Wilmington. Preliminary heats are slated to begin each day at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m.
“The Patriot Invitational is a similar set up to the Atlantic 10 Championships with prelims and finals, so it is a great to have the teams compete in that format before February,” said Head Coach Dan Rhinehart. “This is a good test to see where we are midway through our training as we head into the second half of the season in January.”
Heading into the meet in which GW will compete against two conference foes for the first time this season, senior Caroline Myers’ time of 17:16.68 in the 1,650-yard freestyle ranks atop the A-10 standings and is good for 39th in all of NCAA Division I. The Oldsmar, Fla., native also owns the second-fastest1,000-yard freestyle time (10:17.11) in the league and the sixth-best 500-freetime (5:04.94). Rookie Carly Whitmer ranks fifth in the conference with a time of 57.53 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly and seventh in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.60.
On the men’s side, junior Goran Koprivnjak’s time of 1:52.45 in the 200-yard butterfly ranks second in the A-10, while sophomore Oliver Keegan sits fifth with a mark of 1:54.76. Koprivnjak also ranks third in the league in the 100 fly (51.38) and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.58). Freshman Liam Huffman owns the sixth-best time in the conference in the 500 free (4:45.81) while senior Spencer Neff ranks sixth in the 1,650 free (16:47.22). Sophomore Garrett Cottingham owns the sixth-fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke in2:10.77 and rookie Bogdan Balteanu ranks sixth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.02.
The Colonials’ women’s squad placed third at last year’s event with a three-day total of 500 points, while the men’s team finished sixth with 352.5 points.