GW Women's Swimming Edged by George Mason, 133-129
Colonials Head to Atlantic 10 Championships from Feb. 19-23
Jan. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - In its final meet of the regular season the George Washington women's swimming team was edged by local foe George Mason, 133-129, on Saturday afternoon in the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Facing the same scenario for the second straight week, the Colonials needed to win and place third in the final event of the afternoon, the 200-yard freestyle relay. GW could not pull out the relay win, however, and fell to the Patriots by just four points.
GW claimed the top-three spots in four separate events on the afternoon, and sophomore Caroline Myers paced the squad with two first-place finishes.
The Buff and Blue opened the meet on a high note, taking home first place in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of junior Lindsay Moore, freshman Lauren Steagall, sophomore Morgan Zebley and junior Sloan Saunders clocked in at 1:50.09 for the win.
GW swept the top-three spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle with Myers (10:28.03) in first, freshman Riley LeBlanc (10:35.14) in second and classmate Madison Reinker (10:38.91) in third. The Colonials also took home first through third in the 100-yard breaststroke as Steagall won with a time of 1:08.09, classmate Mara Debnekoff finished in second in 1:09.28 and junior Rachel Johnston placed third in 1:09.94.
In the 200 breast sophomore Janica Lee took home top honors with a time of 2:27.62 while Steagall clocked in at 2:29.47 for a second-place finish and Johnston took home third in 2:29.70. Myers paced the Colonials in the 500 free as she earned first in 5:08.59, LeBlanc finished second in 5:10.57 and Reinker finished third in 5:11.80.
In the 50 free Sydney Saunders touched the wall in 24.67 seconds to pick up a second-place finish, followed by Sloan Saunders (25.09) in fourth and Zebley (25.59) in fifth. Sloan Saunders took home second in the 100 free with a time of 53.46 seconds while Sydney Saunders finished third in 53.74 and classmate Melissa Fernandez finished fourth in 54.38. Fernandez also finished third in the 200 free with a time of 1:57.62.
Moore finished third in both of her backstroke events, clocking in at 59.95 seconds in the 100 back and 2:09.77 in the 200 back. Freshman Hannah Schaeffer followed Moore in fourth in the 200 back with a time of 2:12.18. She also took home second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:13.21. Zebley earned a second-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 59.30 seconds.
Lee (2:12.69) paced GW with a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.69, while Myers (2:13.09) took home third and Schaefer (2:14.46) finished fourth. The 200 free relay of Sydney Saunders, Fernandez, freshman Kally Vanderbilt and Sloan Saunders finished second with a time of 1:39.16.
The Colonials take a break from completion and return to the pool from Feb. 19-23 at the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio. For more information on the A-10 Championships, please click here.