INDIANAPOLIS - George Washington senior swimmer Andrea Bolognesi closed his collegiate career with a school and conference record in the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2017 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.
After becoming a two-time All-American in the 100 breast on Friday, Bolgnesi returned on Saturday to swim the 200 breast for just the second time ever in collegiate competition.
In the preliminaries, Bolgonesi finished second in his heat in a GW and Atlantic 10 record time of 1:56.96 to place 32nd overall.
"Today was a great way to finish an outstanding career with an A-10 and school record," said second-year head coach James Winchester. "We are very proud of Andrea's efforts today in the water."
The Cuveglio, Italy, native will graduate as the most decorated student-athlete in GW men's swimming and diving program history. A two-time All-American, Bolognesi was twice named A-10 Most Outstanding Performer. His name appears eight times on GW's record board.
"Words cannot describe the impact Andrea has had on our program," said Winchester. "A two-time All-American, two-time A-10 Swimmer of the Year, 10-time A-10 Champion among numerous records in just two years is almost as perfect as it gets. Although his athletic performances speak for themselves, Andrea's impact as a person far exceeds all of that. His impact and influence on our program will be seen for many years to come. Congratulations Andrea, and thank you for everything you have done for GW."