GENEVA, OHIO—The George Washington Colonials took home their first-ever Atlantic 10 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, finishing the fourth day of competition with 562.5 team points at the SPIRE Institute.
George Washington added to its lead from day three of competition by opening up Saturday night’s finals with a third-place finish by freshman Shawn Lemarie in the 1,650-yd. freestyle (15:32.56). Junior Gustav Hokfelt had another productive night off the blocks as he took first in the 200-yd. backstroke with a NCAA B time and a new conference and championship record of 1:42.70. Colonials’ junior Adam Drury also took gold in the 100-yd. freestyle in 44.34. The Men’s Most Outstanding Performer, Andrea Bolognesi took first in the 200-yd. freestyle turning in a NCAA B time of 1:57.69. The Colonials ended the historic night with a win in the 400-yd. freestyle relay, sealing their championship victory.
La Salle finished second with 528 points, after senior Mattias Glenesk took home silver in the 1,650-yd. freestyle (15:28.22). The Explorers also finished third in the 400-yd. Freestyle Relay to end the night.
Massachusetts was third in the standings, finishing with 449 points. Junior, Oliver Wyeth took home silver in the 200-yd. Backstroke with a NCAA B time of 1:45.91. UMass also won the 3-meter Diving Competition as senior Robert Barry garnered 297 points.
Trailing George Washington, La Salle and Massachusetts in the final standings were Fordham (414.5), Saint Louis (401), George Mason (394), St. Bonaventure (391) and Davidson (275).
The Men’s Most Outstanding Rookie was won by Mortiz Fath from George Washington who had a stellar record setting Friday night. Paul Helfgott from George Mason won the Men’s Most Outstanding Diver with his commanding 1-meter diving win, collecting 294.4 points.
George Washington’s James Winchester won the Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year and Zach Hawley from George Mason won the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
2017 A-10 Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards
Men’s Most Outstanding Performer: Andrea Bolognesi, George Washington
Men’s Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Mortiz Fath, George Washington
Men’s Most Outstanding Diver: Paul Helfgott, George Mason
Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Zach Hawley, George Mason
Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: James Winchester, George Washington