Bergman, Kutsko Claim Performer of the Week Awards

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – La Salle’s Fabian Bergman and Lina Kutsko of St. Bonaventure were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week. Also honored was George Washington’s Peter Nachtwey, who was named Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Duquesne’s Emma Brinton was named Women’s Rookie of the Week.  The awards were based off performances from meets held on Oct. 16-22.


Bergman, a senior from Stockholm, Sweeden, helped La Salle record a first place win in its first event of the year. Bergman was impressive in the individual competitions, finishing the 100-yard backstroke in 49.42 seconds and also in the 200-yard backstroke (1:48.29), which were both pool records. In both events, he was at least two seconds ahead of the rest of the competition. He finished with three total first-place finishes by helping the 200-yard medley relay team capture first-place with a time of 1:32.64


Lina Kutsko broke her own school record in the 100-yard butterfly at UConn. The freshman from Wheeling, Ill., swam to a time of 54.86, breaking the record she set in her first meet and a record that had stood since 2009. Kutsko also won the 50-yard freestyle (23.89), 200-yard freestyle (1:51.55) and was a member of the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:35.93). Kutsko remains 16 for 16 in events won this season.


In George Washington’s win over Boston College, Nachtwey set a GW record on the 3-meter dive in his home debut, posting a score of 362.62 to win the event. The freshman diver from Chagrin Fall, Ohio, finished second in the 1-meter dive to teammate Jake Ortiz by scoring 323.02.


In her collegiate debut, Brinton helped the Dukes to a 2-0 showing at the Richmond Duals this weekend with victories over Davidson (187.5-104.5) and Richmond (154-145). Against the seven-time defending A-10 champion Spiders, the freshman from Landenburg, Pa., won both the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.94) and the 400-yard IM (4:30.05) to go with second-place showings in the 100-yard backstroke (56.97) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:52.43). She bested her opponents from Davidson in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.16) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.29). In addition, she was part of Duquesne's 200-yard medley relay team which paced all squads with a time of 1:46.34 in the event.

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