Junior Lindsay Moore made it to the podium for her third-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday.
Feb. 24, 2013
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GENEVA, Ohio - The George Washington women's swimming team set two more school records - including one record twice - as the squad wrapped the fourth and final day of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Spire Institute on Saturday.
Junior Lindsay Moore twice broke her own school record in the 200-yard backstroke, en route to a tie for a third-place finish, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team snapped a two-year old mark. One of four teams competing without a diving program, the Colonials finished fifth with a total of 285 points.
Defending champion Richmond claimed the crown with 737 points, followed by Massachusetts (594) in second, Fordham (473) in third and La Salle (442) in fourth. Finishing behind GW were Rhode Island (269.5) in sixth, Duquesne (243.5) in seventh and St. Bonaventure (215) in eighth. Rounding out the pack was Saint Louis (185) in ninth, Xavier (165) in 10th and A-10 newcomer Butler (68) in 11th.
"I am incredibly proud of what this team has accomplished this week through hard work and dedication," head coach Dan Rhinehart said. "Words can't describe how happy I am with the performances over the past few days. We look to get better every day and we proved we can do just that."
Moore made her first career trip to the podium as the tied for third with Rhode Island's Emily Thomesen in the 200-back with a new school record time of 2:00.12. The Charleston, S.C., native originally snapped the record - which she herself set at the 2012 A-10 Championships - in the preliminary heat of the 200-back in 2:01.03.
The Buff and Blue closed the meet with its final record-setting performance in the 400-free relay. The team of juniors Sloan Saunders, Melissa Fernandez, Sydney Saunders and freshman Kally Vanderbilt touched the wall in 3:25.07 for a fourth-place finish. The quartet dismantled the previous record of 3:28.08 set in 2011, a team on which Sloan and Sydney Saunders were the third and fourth legs, respectively.
Junior Caroline Myers finished seventh in the 1,650-free with a time of 16:58.61, and freshman Madison Reinker followed in 10th in a career-best time of 17:12.68. In the B Final of the 200-back freshman Hannah Schaefer finished in fifth, good for 13th overall, with a career-best time of 2:04.28.
In the B Final of the 200-yard breaststroke, sophomore Janica Lee finished fifth in 2:23.14, freshman Mara Debnekoff finished sixth in 2:23.16 and junior Rachael Johnston finished seventh in 2:23.23. The trio took home 13th, 14th and 15th overall.
Over the week GW erased multiple records on the record boards, as the Colonials set 10 new school marks - including two individual records on two separate occasions.