George Washington and Richmond Lead Going Into The Final Day Of The A-10 Swimming and Diving Championships

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

GENEVA, OHIO – A new leader emerged on the women’s side after day three of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, with Richmond leading the women’s field with 401 points and the George Washington men still leading with 494 points. The men’s and women’s championships conclude Saturday at the SPIRE Institute.

The Colonials continued their strong push for a men’s championship Friday night, nearly doubling their point total from Thursday night. George Washington set two A-10 records on day three of the championships, with the first being in the men’s 100-yard backstroke. Gustav Hokfelt broke his own record that he set earlier in the day by touching the wall in 46.24 seconds. In the last event of the night, the men’s 400-yard medley relay, Hokfelt, Tommi Wolst Jr., Max Forstenhaeusler, and  Moritz Fath paced the field finishing the race in 3:12.46, over two seconds ahead of second place. Emils Pone set the tone for the night by claiming gold in the men’s 400-yard individual medley and touching the wall nearly four seconds ahead of second place. Ryan McCoy of Saint Louis turned in a stellar performance in the men’s 100-yard butterfly and nearly setting a new conference mark. His time of 46.96 was only .03 away from breaking the record for the second consecutive year.

George Mason sits in second place with 371 points and are led by Michael Pettinichi and Christopher Stankiewicz, who finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Andres Alarcon took home fourth place for the Patriots in the men’s 100-yard butterfly, finishing with a time of 48.52.

Following George Washington and George Mason in the men’s standings after three days of competition are La Salle (326), Massachusetts (300), Saint Louis (280), St. Bonaventure (248.5), Davidson (246.5), and Fordham (228).   

The Spiders gained control of the lead on day three of competition by making up the 34-point deficit they faced coming into Friday night. Hannah Gouger brought home the lone gold medal of the night for Richmond when she paced the field in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.48. Earlier in the night, Virginia Marsh and Annie Lane took second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Marsh edged out Lane .04 in a very exciting race. In the last event of the night, Gouger, Erin Barry, Morgan Soulia Jr., and Marsh added 34 points to the Spiders point total by finishing second in the 400-yard medley relay.

Only one point separates Richmond and Duquesne. Trailing them is George Washington (295.5), St. Bonaventure (284), Fordham (281.5), Massachusetts (214.5), George Mason (165), Saint Louis (145), La Salle (119), Davidson (105.5), and Rhode Island (104).

Freshman Emma Brinton (Duquesne) and Lina Kutsko (St. Bonaventure) turned in stellar performances in their respective races. Brinton led the night off by capturing the gold medal and setting an A-10 meet record with a time of 4:15.90. Kutsko just missed setting her own conference record when she touched the wall in 53.61 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Action resumes Saturday morning with the preliminary events beginning at 10:00 am and the finals at 6:30 pm.

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