GW Women's Swimming Set for 2013-14 Season
Colonials Look to Build Upon Last Year's Record-Breaking Success
Oct. 3, 2013
The George Washington women’s swimming team had a notable finish to the 2012-13 season, breaking eight school records and finishing fifth out of 11 teams at the Atlantic 10 Championships – a four-spot improvement from the previous year.
With the strength of senior leadership, a veteran squad and a solid incoming class, the Colonials have the potential to make a statement at the conference championships this year.
“We're returning all of our key performers on the women’s side so we have a team that has another year of experience under its belt and has a lot more confidence,” said 16th-year Head Coach Dan Rhinehart. “Everyone is another year stronger and another year faster and we are going back to A-10s with a core group of people who are ready to score.”
The Colonials snapped four individual records and four relay records last year, but Rhinehart says they expect to break more marks throughout the season. With the first month of training complete and the first competition of the year on the horizon, GW expects to produce top performances in every event.
“We have had a solid first month of training and we are about a week or two ahead of pace,” Rhinehart said. “One particular event that we will excel in does not stand out because I think we will be strong all across the board. Everyone is hunting to break records and improve our finish at the A-10 Championships, and the seniors in particular want to go out with a bang and finish on top.”
Highlighting the Buff and Blue returners for the sprint and mid-distance events are senior Lindsay Moore – who set two school records last season in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events – and sophomore Lauren Steagall – who erased a four-year old school record in the 100-yard butterfly. Three-time team MVP senior Caroline Myers and classmate Remy Neville – who capped her junior season by winning the consolation heat of the 400-yard individual medley with a school-record setting time – will pace the distance swimmers.
Newcomers Lauren Law and Carly Whitmer will add depth for the Colonials. Law, a two-time National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-American, helped her high school squad to four straight district titles and three consecutive Pennsylvania state crowns. Whitmer, also a two-time NISCA All-America honoree, guided her high school team to two New Jersey state titles.
“Lauren and Carly have handled the transition to collegiate swimming very well and have given their all at practice,” said Rhinehart. “I was impressed with their performances at the Buff and Blue meet over Alumni Weekend and I expect big things out of them this season.”
GW opens the 2013-14 season with the Potomac Relays at nearby American on Friday, Oct. 4. For the second straight year the Colonials head to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio for the 2013-14 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships from February 19-22.