Women's Swim & Dive Break Two More Records on Thursday

Selin Ozturk, Abigail Fusco, Lauren Law, Emily Zhang
Feb. 16, 2017

GENEVA, Ohio - The George Washington women's swimming and diving team set two new program records on the second day of competition at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championships at the SPIRE Institute.

Sophomore Emily Zhang set a new GW mark in the 200-yard IM and the Colonials snapped the program record in the 200 freestyle relay to close a successful night.

"I was really impressed with the women today," said head coach James Winchester. "Very happy with Emily Zhang, that's the first time since I've been with the program that we've had a 'B' cut on the women's side and then for our ladies to finish the evening off with a school record in the 200 free relay was definitely a nice way to end the night."

Zhang placed sixth in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:01.56 to become GW's record holder and post an NCAA 'B' cut time. Senior Lauren Law took fourth in the B final and 12th overall with a time of 2:03.77.

GW's second record of the day came in the 200 free relay as junior Abigail Fusco, seniors Selin Ozturk and Lauren Law and Zhang placed fifth with a time of 1:33.66.

Junior Abigail Fusco had a strong day of her own, competing in the 50 free championship final and taking fifth with a personal-best 23.43.

Freshman Gemma Atherley and Ozturk rounded out GW's top performances, earning spots in the 500 free consolation final, taking 10th (4:56.53) and 12th (4:59.00) overall with personal bests.



"It was good to see the ladies coming back to swim faster in the finals and move up some positions," said Winchester. "That's good championship swimming right there and I look forward to our women getting after it these next two days."

The Colonials are in seventh place after two days of competition with 104 points. Duquesne (209) leads the 11-team field, followed by Richmond (189), Massachusetts (178), Davidson (167), Fordham (165.5) and George Mason (105). Saint Louis (89), Rhode Island (81.5), St. Bonaventure (76) and La Salle (72) trail GW.

The Buff and Blue return to action on Friday with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m.

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