Zhang Wins A-10 Gold

Emily Zhang won her first gold Friday at the A-10 Championships.
Emily Zhang won her first gold Friday at the A-10 Championships.
Feb. 16, 2018

Friday's Results

GENEVA, Ohio - Emily Zhang's gold medal in the 200-yard freestyle stood out among a slew of record-breaking efforts for George Washington women's swimming and diving Friday at the Atlantic 10 Championships.

The Colonials broke five records in all and earned three medals along the way. They remain in third place with 295.5 points, heading into the final day of competition at the SPIRE Institute. They sit in the team standings behind Richmond (401) and Duquesne (400) and in front of St. Bonaventure (284) and Fordham (281.5).

Zhang dropped more than a second off her own 200 free record in the victory, reaching the wall in an NCAA B cut time of 1:47.34. It's her second gold medal of the week after anchoring an 800-yard free relay win on Wednesday. In Friday's race, she was followed by teammate Gemma Atherley in fourth.

Jackie Torrez and Abigail Fusco picked up silver Friday. Torrez earned hers in the 400-yard individual medley, shattering her own record to finish in 4:17.88. Fusco broke a seven-year-old record in the 100-yard butterfly during morning prelims and then went even faster in finals to touch in 53.99 seconds.

Andrea Ho added her name to the record book in the 100-yard backstroke. The freshman's time of 54.87 seconds in prelims snapped the program mark. She went on to place fifth in the 100 back and 16th in the 100 fly Friday.

Zhang, Fusco, Ho and Gemma Atherley closed the night with one more record-breaking effort. That group finished the 400-yard medley relay in 3:44.33, breaking a mark set last year by almost four seconds. It won the first of two heats and then watched the time hold up to finish fourth.

Caroline Racke (13th, 100 fly) and Alli Lapps (15th, 100 back) also scored for the Colonials on Friday.

UP NEXT: The A-10 Championships conclude Saturday with another full day of competition. Preliminary events begin at 10 a.m. with finals at 6:30 p.m. The full schedule is available here.

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



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