Women's Swimming & Diving Takes Third at A-10 Championships

Abbey Fusco, Emily Zhang, Hannah Kopydlowski and Gemma Atherley (left to right) won relay gold Saturday.
Abbey Fusco, Emily Zhang, Hannah Kopydlowski and Gemma Atherley (left to right) won relay gold Saturday.
Feb. 18, 2018

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GENEVA, Ohio - 
Abigail Fusco, Emily Zhang and Gemma Atherley all reached the medal podium individually Saturday and then helped George Washington women's swimming close out the Atlantic 10 Championships with a gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Those performances helped GW hold its place in the standings and finish third out of 11 teams with 447.5 points, trailing only first-time champion Duquesne (567) and Richmond (558). It was further progress for the Colonials, who finished sixth last year and have improved their place each of the past three seasons under head coach James Winchester.

GW put its best foot forward throughout the week, racking up 13 medals, including the first three golds of Winchester's tenure. The Colonials broke 14 program records, set an A-10 record in the 800-yard freestyle relay and produced 11 individual scorers.

On Saturday, GW's lone gold came in the relay with Fusco, Zhang, Atherley and Hannah Kopydlowski combining to finish in 3:22.38 and drop a record set last year.

Fusco and Zhang picked up silver and bronze, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle with Fusco breaking a seven-year-old program record by touching in an NCAA B cut time of 49.67 seconds. Both of them medaled in all three of their individual events this week and had a hand in breaking four relay records.

Atherley grabbed silver in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.24. The sophomore from the Channel Islands broke the program record in prelims and bettered it during evening finals.

On Saturday, Torrez pulled double duty with a silver medal in the 200-yard butterfly to break her own program record (2:00.34) and a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.

GW's other medal went to freshman Tali Lemcoff, who dropped her seed time by more than 16 seconds to finish in 16:51.02 and earn silver for her first A-10 medal.

GW picked up diving points from its freshmen for the second time this week with Rachel Dickinson in 14th (233.00) and Gabriella Arendes in 16th (226.45) on the 3-meter board.

On the final day of competition, Andrea Ho ( 200 back) and Courtney Coghill (200 breast) also scored for the Colonials.

WATCH THIS: Hear from Head Coach James Winchester, Fusco and Torrez after the A-10 Championships.



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