Women's Swimming & Diving Topples Richmond

Dec. 2, 2017

Full Results

WASHINGTON - Emily Zhang posted three individual wins and swam on a pair of victorious relays to help George Washington women's swimming and diving edge Atlantic 10 stalwart Richmond, 165-135, on Saturday at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

The Colonials won the first six events of their fall finale and 10 of 16 in all to drop the Spiders, who have claimed the past seven conference titles. They avenged last season's narrow loss in the same pool to improve to 5-1 in head-to-head competition this season.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Zhang claimed the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.53), 100-yard freestyle (52.69 seconds) and 50-yard freestyle (24.18 seconds). The junior from Maryland also placed third in the 200-yard individual medley.

    The 50 free featured three rounds of qualifying before a head-to-head final. Zhang had to beat teammate Abigail Fusco to win the event. She touched first in a thrilling finish, winning by four-hundredths of a second.

    Zhang played a major role in GW's sweep of the relays, as well. She teamed with Fusco, Andrea Ho and Gemma Atherley on a 200-yard medley relay win to open the meet and then anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay victory to close the meet.

  • Atherley was a double winner, capturing the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.92) and 200-yard freestyle (1:53.49). The sophomore anchored the first relay win and also swam a leg on the second one. She placed second in the 200 IM, as well.
  • GW went 1-2 in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Tali Lemcoff won the 1,000 free in 10:27.80, followed by Selin Ozturk. Ho beat out Alli Lapps for the 100 back victory in 58.01 seconds.
  • Jackie Torrez was GW's other individual winner. The sophomore claimed the 200-yard butterfly, touching in 2:07.46 to win by more than six seconds. She also scored in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200 IM.
  • Gabriella Arendes was GW's top diver against Richmond. The freshman placed second in the 1-meter competition (246.45) and fourth on the 3-meter board (246).
UP NEXT: GW now heads into winter break. The Colonials return to action Jan. 13, 2018, with a crosstown trip to American's Reeves Aquatic Center, where they'll matchup against the host Eagles and Georgetown.

WATCH THIS: Hear from Head Coach James Winchester, Zhang, Atherley and Arendes after Saturday's victory.

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