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Donnelly, Nachtwey, Brinton take A-10 Swimming & Diving Weekly Awards

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Mason junior Ryan Donnelly and George Washington sophomore Peter Nachtwey shared the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving Performer of the Week accolades, while Duquesne sophomore Emma Brinton was named Women’s Performer of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. George Washington freshman James Torrez claimed Men’s Rookie of the Week while George Washington’s Isabela Patino and Richmond’s Maggie Purcell shared Women’s Rookie honors. All awards are for meets held from Jan. 14-20.


Donnelly won the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.16) and placed second in the 100-yard backstroke (50.67) helping the Mason men's team to a victory over Old Dominion 192-108 and American 246-50 on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va.


Nachtwey performed well against tough competition on Saturday in GW's regular season finale at Virginia Tech. Facing the host Hokies and Cincinnati, the Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native led the Colonials on the diving boards with a third-place finish in the 3-meter competition (326.10) for the second best score in the A-10 this season and a fifth-place showing on 1-meter (265.70).


Brinton posted three first-place finishes in a dual against Ohio and Xavier, winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.04), 200-yard backstroke (1:54.04) and the 200-yard IM (2:06.46) for the Dukes. The 2018 A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer from Landonburg, Pa. added a third-place mark in the 400-yard freestyle relay for Duquesne, which topped Xavier and dropped a decision to Ohio at the meet.


Torrez put together a strong meet in GW's regular-season finale highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.77. The rookie from Whittier, Calif., also took ninth in the 100-yard butterfly (51.58) and swam the third leg on the seventh-place 400-yard Medley Relay.


Patino competed in GW's season finale at Virginia Tech on Saturday. Facing the host Hokies, Cincinnati and James Madison, she earned a win in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.36) and a runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly (56.25), both in career-best times. The Ladera Ranch, Calif., native also placed 10th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.51) and was the third leg on the 10th place 400-yard medley relay.


Purcell won the 100-yard breaststroke in a dual meet against Villanova with a time of 1:04.87, her best of the season and the best by a Spider during the 2018-19 season. The Southampton, N.Y., native also won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.66, again setting a season-best time. Purcell was on two relay teams that took second place against Villanova.

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