@GWSwimming Set for 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships
Colonials Return to SPIRE Institute in Ohio for Second Straight Year
Feb. 18, 2014
WHO: GW Men’s & Women’s Swimming
GENEVA, Ohio – The George Washington men’s and women’s swimming teams are set to compete at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, held from Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Saturday, Feb. 22 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Returning to the SPIRE Institute for the second straight year, the GW women will compete against nine swimming and diving programs from around the league in Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis, in addition to A-10 newcomer George Mason, while the men will face six teams in Fordham, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis.
Under the direction of 16th-year Head Coach Dan Rhinehart, the Colonials look to improve upon their 2013 finishes in which the men’s side finished fourth and the women earned fifth. The GW men snapped school records in the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay one season ago, and Phillip Graeter (’13) and then-freshman Oliver Keegan recorded gold-medal winning performances to highlight the trip. Keegan’s time of 1:48.10 in the 200-yard butterfly not only set a new GW record but also surpassed the A-10 all-time mark. The Buff and Blue women, who improved four spots from the 2012 A-10 Championships, erased a notable eight school records last year and Lindsay Moore made her first career trip to the podium as she tied for third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.12.
Making his debut at the league championships this season, junior Goran Koprivnjak currently owns the top time in the A-10 in the 200 fly in 1:50.76 while Keegan sits fourth with a time of 1:51.57. Senior Jake Mortensen’s time of 1:51.06 in the 200 back is good for fourth in the conference, and junior Garrett Cottingham ranks fourth in the 200 breast (2:04.84) and fifth in the 100 breast (57.39).
Pacing the women, senior Caroline Myers owns the fastest time in the league in the 500 free in 4:54.81 and sophomore Madison Reinker ranks sixth in 4:58.16. Myers also has the top time in the 1,650 free in 16:47.61 and is second in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:15.86, while Reinker is fifth in the 1,650 free in 17:21.31. Moore’s time of 2:02.54 in the 200 back is good for fourth in the conference, rookie Carly Whitmer ranks second in the 200 fly with a school-record time of 2:02.49, and classmate Lauren Law owns the third-best time in the 400 IM in 4:24.76
GW opens A-10 Championships action on Wednesday evening with the finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. The remaining days of competition will begin with preliminary heats at 10:30 a.m., followed by final heats at 6:30 p.m.