Swimming & Diving Set for CSCAA National Invitational Championship

GW swimming and diving will be in action this week at the CSCAA National Invitational Championship.
GW swimming and diving will be in action this week at the CSCAA National Invitational Championship.
March 6, 2018

George Washington is set to send 15 swimmers to the CSCAA National Invitational Championship, which runs Thursday through Saturday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.

The group of nine men and six women qualified for the postseason meet by either achieving NCAA consideration times or winning gold at last month’s Atlantic 10 Championships. The Colonials are among 49 squads from across the nation scheduled to compete.

GW will try to build off its strong showing at the conference meet, where the men claimed their second consecutive title and the women showed continued improvement by taking third place.

WOMEN'S ENTRANTS: Junior Emily Zhang claimed individual A-10 gold in the 200 free (1:47.34) and also picked up silver in the 200 IM and bronze in the 100 free, in addition to three relay medals… Abigail Fusco will close out her decorated career this weekend after achieving NCAA B-cut times and program records in all three of her individual events at the conference meet. The senior from Connecticut scored silver in both the 100 free (49.67) and 100 butterfly (53.99) and bronze in the 50 free (22.96), plus three relay medals… Gemma Atherley grabbed silver in the 200 back with a program-record and NCAA B-cut time of 1:58.24 and also made the A final of both the 500 and 200 free. The sophomore from the Channel Islands is also preparing for her appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month… Sophomore Jackie Torrez earned A-10 silver in both the 400 IM (4:17.88) and 200 fly (2:00.34) and also made the A final of the 200 breast… Freshman Andrea Ho set the program record in the 100 back (54.87) en route to a fifth-place finish at the A-10 Championships and also scored in the 200 back and 100 fly… Junior Caroline Racke made the A final of the 50 free (23.30), scored in the 100 fly and had a hand in relay silver with the 200 free relay.

MEN'S ENTRANTS: Emils Pone claimed his first A-10 gold in the 400 IM, posting an NCAA B-cut time of 3:52.84. The sophomore from Latvia also made the A final of the 100 back and 200 back and also claimed gold as part of the 200 medley relay… Moritz Fath picked up gold in the 1,650 free (15:35.64), silver in the 200 free (1:37.28) and bronze in the 500 free (4:26.13), plus an additional gold and silver as part of relays… Tommi Wolst claimed a pair of individual medals at his first A-10 meet, highlighted by silver in the 200 breast with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:59.31, and the junior from Germany also landed three relay golds… Max Forstenhaeusler earned his spot with NCAA B-cut times in both the 200 IM and 200 free. The sophomore from Germany earned silver in the 100 free and bronze in the 200 free, plus two golds and a bronze in relays… Youssef Ragab scored in all three of his individual events at the A-10 Championships, including a silver-medal performance in the 400 IM to finish behind Pone in 3:56.09. The freshman from Egypt also made the B finals of the 200 IM and 200 fly… Andrew Cho recorded an NCAA B-cut time of 1:46.08 en route to his sixth-place finish in the 200 back and also scored in the 100 back. The sophomore from California also picked up a bronze medal as part of the 800 free relay… Junior Alexander Auster made the A finals of the 50, 100 and 200 free and also picked up gold medals in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays… Junior Patrick Lersch won the B final of the 100 free to finish ninth and also scored in the 200 free… Freshman Charles Sturgeon posted program all-time Top 10 times in both the 100 and 200 breast and scored in both events.

WATCH THIS: Hear from head coach James Winchester, Fusco and Auster ahead of the postseason meet.

FORMAT: Each day begins with prelims starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m. The top 16 in each individual event (except the 1,650 free) will advance to the evening session, divided into A and B finals. There is no diving at the meet, but scores from NCAA Zones will count toward the team standings.

500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
200 Freestyle Relay
400 Medley Relay

400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay

1650 Freestyle
100 Individual Medley
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay



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