GENEVA, Ohio – George Washington leads the men’s field with 249 points, while the Duquesne women’s team paces the field with 235 points after day two of the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Colonials expanded their lead on the competition by scoring 131 points Thursday night. Gustav Hokfelt claimed 20 points for George Washington by edging out Fordham’s Joseph Mercurio by .09 in the 50-yard freestyle. By winning the event, George Washington added 20 points to their total. In the last event of the night, Hokfelt, Tommi Wolst, Adam Drury, and Alex Auster Jr., claimed 40 more points for the Colonials by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:20.41.
Following George Washington in the men’s standings after day two of competition are La Salle (191), George Mason (180.5), Massachusetts (175), Davidson (145.5), St. Bonaventure (136), Saint Louis (130), and Fordham (121). In the 200-yard individual medley, another conference record fell, when Fabian Bergman of La Salle touched the wall in 1:47.80. He finished over a second ahead of second place.
The Dukes extended their day-one lead by adding 163 points to their total. In the first event of the night, the women’s 500-yard freestyle, Duquesne took the gold and silver when Lauren Devorace touched the wall in 4:51.04 and her teammate Carson Gross finishing in 4:51.78. The night only got better for the Dukes when freshman Emma Brinton edged George Washington’s Emily Zhang in the 200-yard individual medley by .66, to add 20 more points to Duquesne's point total.
Anhelina Kutsko, a freshman from St. Bonaventure, fell just short of beating the 50-yard freestyle record (22.51), when she touched the wall first in a time of 22.79. Another record almost fell later in the night when Massachusetts’ Emma Roush fell just 4 points shy of breaking the 1-meter dive record.
Following Duquesne in pursuit of the women’s title are Richmond (201), George Washington (176), St. Bonaventure (164), Fordham (158.5), Massachusetts (151.5), George Mason (102), Saint Louis (88), La Salle (80), Davidson (53), and Rhode Island (51).
Action resumes Friday morning with preliminary events beginning at 10:00 am and finals at 6:30 pm.