Hokfelt Wraps NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

By George Washington

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MINNEAPOLIS - George Washington's Gustav Hokfelt closed his decorated collegiate career Saturday with a 36th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The senior from Sweden posted a time of 1:43.80 in his preliminary heat at Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.

Hokfelt caps a remarkable final season in Buff and Blue, highlighted by seven Atlantic 10 gold medals and his first NCAA appearance. The GW captain earned his invite to the national meet with his performance at the A-10 Championships, where he was named the meet's Most Outstanding Performer after helping the Colonials capture their second straight team title.

This week, Hokfelt put together three solid NCAA swims, including a record-breaking effort in the 100-yard backstroke Friday to place 18th nationally in 45.99 seconds. On Saturday, he closed out the prestigious meet by finishing fifth in his 200 back heat with the third-best time of his career. He started his stay in Minnesota by finishing 51st in the 50-yard freestyle (20.28 seconds) on Thursday.

Hokfelt became the fourth GW man to swim at the NCAA Championships, joining Andrea Bolognesi (2016, 2017), Alvaro Fortuny (2001) and Tim Champney (1999). It was the third straight season and fifth time overall the program was represented at the season-ending meet.

Hokfelt will graduate with his place in GW history secure. He holds four program individual records, including A-10 bests in the 100 and 200 back, and had a hand in three record relays

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