GW Men's and Women's Swimming Set for 2013 Atlantic 10 Championships

The 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships open on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 19, 2013

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GENEVA, Ohio - The George Washington men's and women's swimming teams are geared up for the four-day 2013 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held from Wednesday, Feb. 20 - Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Following a 16-year run at the Burt Flickinger Aquatics Center in Buffalo, N.Y., GW and its fellow league members have relocated to the Spire Institute, which opened in October of 2011. The women's side will face a fresh opponent at this year's championships in conference newcomer Butler.

The Colonials' men's and women's squads finished sixth and ninth, respectively, at the 2012 championships. The men's side was one of just two teams competing without a diving program while the women's side was one of four teams without a diving program.

Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Dan Rhinehart, the GW men look to improve upon last season's finish as the squad enters the meet with 12 top-10 A-10 times in various events. Senior Phillip Graeter enters the final conference championship of his career with the fourth-fastest time in the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.13) and the fifth-fastest times in the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.78) and 400 IM (4:04.41). Junior Jake Mortensen owns the seventh-best time in the league in the 200 back (1:52.61), as well as the 10th-fastest times in the 50 back (24.58) and 100 back (52.06). Sophomore Garrett Cottingham has the fifth-best time in the league in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:07.46) and the eighth-fastest time in the 100 breast (58.62), while classmate Sean Rhinehart enters the meet with the seventh-best time in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.66). Competing in their first A-10 championships of their careers, freshman Oliver Keegan enters competition with the third-fastest time in the 200 fly (1:51.90) and classmate Jordan Sharples owns the fifth-best time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.17) and the sixth-fastest time in the 500 free (4:37.57).

On the women's side the Buff and Blue also enter the league championships with 12 top-10 times. Junior Caroline Myers enters the meet with the third-best times in the 1,000 free (10:18.16) and the 1,650 free (17:06.53). She also owns the sixth-fastest time in the 500 free (5:00.57) and freshman Madison Reinker is close behind with the seventh-best time (5:02.01). Sophomore Janica Lee has the fifth-best league time in the 100 breast (1:05.31) and Lauren Steagall has the 10th-best mark (1:06.24). Lee also owns the seventh-best times in the 200 breast (2:22.99) and the 200 IM (2:07.18). Sophomore Morgan Zebley has the sixth-fastest time in the 100 fly (56.09). Rookie Riley LeBlanc will compete at her first conference championships with the the 10th-fastest time in the 1,650 free (17:29.61) and junior Lindsay Moore enters competition with the 10th-best time in the 50 back (27.71). Classmate Sloan Saunders is tied for the ninth best time in the 100-yard freestyle (52.69).

Action begins on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For live video and live results links for each day of competition, please visit the Atlantic 10 Championship Central page. Spectator parking is available on the south side of the Aquatics Building for a daily $5 fee.



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