Juniors Lindsay Moore and Remy Neville and freshman Lauren Steagall all set school records in their respective individual events on Friday.
Feb. 22, 2013
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GENEVA, Ohio - The George Washington women's swimming team set four school records on the third day of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Spire Institute on Friday.
Junior Remy Neville, freshman Lauren Steagall and junior Lindsay Moore all snapped GW marks in their respective individual events, in addition to a new school record set by the 400-yard medley relay team. The Colonials are fifth place with a total of 191.5 points through three days and 14 events.
"We went into the night with a lot of intensity and a lot of focus and our swims were great," head coach Dan Rhinehart said. "We get stronger every day and we are heading into our final day of competition hot and ready."
Neville opened the meet with a notable first-place finish in the B Final of the 400-yard individual medley, good for ninth overall, with a new record of 4:28.49. Her time topped teammate Caroline Myers' record of 4:28.85, set in 2011.
Reigning conference champion Richmond remains in first with 522 points, followed by Massachusetts (468) in second, Fordham (337.5) in third and La Salle (308) in fourth. GW leads Rhode Island (187) in sixth, Duquesne (164.5) in seventh and St. Bonaventure (137.5) in eighth. Rounding out the pack is Saint Louis (137) in ninth, Xavier (113) in 10th and Butler (56) in 11th.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Steagall earned a fifth-place finish with a school-record time of 1:04.01. Competing in her first-ever conference championships, the rookie surpassed her own school mark of 1:04.76, which she set in the prelims of the 100-breast earlier in the day. Sophomore Janica Lee finished second in the B Final of the 100-breast (10th overall) with a time of 1:05.52, while junior Rachael Johnston (1:06.28) finished fifth in the B Final (13th overall) with a career-best mark, and freshman Mara Debnekoff (1:06.65) finished seventh in the B Final (15th overall) also in a career-best time.
Moore surpassed her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 55.73 seconds for a fourth-place finish. The Charleston, S.C., native beat her own time of 56.09 seconds, which she set last season at the 2012 A-10 Championships.
In the final event of the evening, the 400-medley relay team of Moore, Steagall, sophomore Morgan Zebley and Vanderbilt finished sixth with a new school mark of 3:49.23, beating the previous time of 3:50.53 set in 2004.
Zebley finished fifth in the B Final of the 100-yard butterfly and 10th overall with a time of 56.60 seconds. In the B Final of the 200-yard freestyle, Vanderbilt claimed first place, good for ninth overall, with a career-best time of 1:51.48. Myers clocked in at a career-best time of 1:52.43 for a fifth-place finish, 13th overall, and junior Sloan Saunders finished in eighth, 16th overall, with a career-best time of 1:52.43.
The final day of the A-10 Championships at the Spire Institute opens on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the preliminary events, followed by the finals at 6:30 p.m.