Women's Swimming & Diving Drops More Records

Caroline Racke, Emily Zhang, Gemma Atherley and Abigail Fusco (left to right) took silver Thursday in the 200 free relay.
Caroline Racke, Emily Zhang, Gemma Atherley and Abigail Fusco (left to right) took silver Thursday in the 200 free relay.
Feb. 15, 2018

Thursday's Results

GENEVA, Ohio - Emily Zhang and Abigail Fusco broke program records on the way to individual medals and then helped George Washington women's swimming and diving earn silver and set another record in the 200-yard freestyle relay Thursday at the Atlantic 10 Championships.



Those efforts helped the Colonials hold steady in third place after the second of four days at the SPIRE Institute. They've totaled 176 points, trailing only Duquesne (235) and Richmond (201). St. Bonaventure (164) and Fordham (158.5) follow in the team standings.

Zhang broke her own 200-yard individual medley mark in Thursday morning's preliminary round and then bettered it again in the evening final to earn silver. The junior from Maryland finished in an NCAA B-cut time of 1:59.84.

Fusco also landed her first career individual medal with a bronze in the 50-yard freestyle. The senior captain broke her own program record set earlier in the day by touching the wall in 22.96 seconds. Until Thursday, that record had belonged to Paola Leor since 2011.

To close the night, Zhang and Fusco teamed with Caroline Racke and Gemma Atherley to finish second behind Fordham in the 200 free relay. The group's time of 1:32.42 broke the program record set at last season's conference meet by more than a second.

Atherley also picked up a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 4:53.69. Tali Lemcoff also qualified for the championship final and placed eighth.

GW landed its first points of the day from its freshman divers on the 1-meter board. Rachel Dickinson qualified for the B final and placed 10th (228.80) with Gabriella Arendes close behind in 14th (222.65).

UP NEXT: The A-10 Championships continue Friday and Saturday with preliminary races beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m. both days. The full schedule is available here.

WATCH THIS: Hear from Head Coach James Winchester, Dickinson and Zhang after the second day of the A-10 Championships.


 

 

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