George Washington Celebrates Senior Day with Sweep of Howard

by SwimSwam 0

November 11th, 2018 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Howard at George Washington

  • Men: GW def. Howard 161-64
  • Women: GW def. Howard 159-72
  • Results
  • Washington D.C.
  • Nov. 10, 2018

Courtesy: George Washington Athletics

WASHINGTON- George Washington women’s swimming and diving turned in a sterling season debut at Charles E. Smith Center Pool with a 159-72 win over Howard on Saturday.

Seven different Colonials earned individual victories, paced by double-winner Gemma Atherley, en route to their first dual-meet victory of the season. The Buff and Blue swept the top three spots in six different individual races.

HIGHLIGHTS
– Atherley led a strong showing for GW in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.71), out-dueling teammate Jackie Torrez. The junior from the Channel Islands also won the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.70) and swam a leg on her squad’s top 400-yard freestyle relay team.
– Torrez picked up a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, holding off teammate Emily Zhang in 1:54.53. The junior from California teamed with Zhang, Andrea Ho, Isabela Patino to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.86.
Andrea Moussier, a first-year from Mexico, won the 1,000-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 10:20.64. She also finished runner-up to teammate Meghan Burton (58.15 seconds) in the 100-yard butterfly.
Lynn Zhang led a top-three sweep in the 100-yard freestyle, winning in 54.76 seconds.
Isabel Berdecio took the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.09 in her collegiate debut in the event.
Rachel Dickinson earned a victory in the 3-meter diving competition with 252.90, while Gabriella Arendes paced the Colonials with a runner-up finish on the 1-meter board (258.23).
– The Colonials honored seniors Emily Zhang, Lucy Castro, Kelsey Oliver, Caroline Racke, Miranda Simon and Isobel Walker.

UP NEXT: GW is back in action next week at the Queens University Fall Frenzy in Charlotte, N.C. The Colonials close the fall with a two-day home meet against A-10 foe Richmond, which runs Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

George Washington men’s swimming and diving had plenty to celebrate Saturday at Charles E. Smith Pool.

After honoring their seven seniors and unveiling their 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship banner, the Colonials rolled past Howard, 161-64, in their lone home meet of the season.

Peter Nachtwey broke his own program record for 3-meter diving with a score of 387.23 on the way to a sweep of the diving events, while Tommi Wolst, Dylan Arzoni, Moritz Fath and Alex Auster were also double winners for the Buff and Blue against the crosstown Bison.

HIGHLIGHTS
– Nachtwey smashed his previous 3-meter record of 362.63, set on Oct. 21, 2017 against Boston College. The sophomore diver posted a score of 298.35 to win on the 1-meter board.
– Fath and Auster tied for first in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.08 seconds. Fath also picked up a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:36.61), while Auster won the 50-yard freestyle (21.27 seconds).
– Arzoni edged out teammate Youssef Ragab to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.89 and also claimed the 100-yard butterfly in 50.89 seconds. The first-year from England teamed with Auster, Emils Pone and Charles Sturgeon for a win in the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay (1:33.55), as well.
– In his final home meet, Wolst showcased his versatility with victories in the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.04) and 100-yard backstroke (51 seconds).
– Emils Pone earned GW’s other victory in the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.45).
– The Colonials showcased their depth, sweeping the top three places in the 1,000 free, 200 free, 50 free, 200 IM and 500 free.
– It was the final home appearance for Auster, Wolst, Jarrod Hendricks, Patrick Lersch, Josh Monacelli, Jake Ortiz and Nicolas Reeves.
– GW’s new banner joined the one honoring the 2017 A-10 Championship at Smith Center Pool. The Colonials also unveiled a new NCAA appearances banner updated to reflect Gustav Hokfelt‘s participation at last year’s national championship.

UP NEXT: GW wraps up its fall slate next weekend at the Queens University Fall Frenzy in Charlotte, N.C. The three-day meet begins Friday.

Courtesy: Howard Athletics

Howard University Men’s Swimming & Diving fell to crosstown foe George Washington, 161-64.

Senior Alexander Barnes (Rockledge, Fla.) led the way for HU. Individually, the Florida native placed second in the men’s 100 yard Butterfly, posting a 52.04 mark.

Barnes, alongside fellow classmates Nicholas Haughton (Kingston, Jamaica) and Mark McCluskey (Hope, Maine) and sophomore Kegan Ford (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), won the 400 Free relay with a 3:15.57 time.

In the men’s 100 Breast, newcomer Miguel Davis (Prince George’s County, Md.) and sophomores William Speakman Smith II (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Jon Bendana (Bowie, Md.) went first (59.08), second (59.60), and third (1:02.45), respectively.

Howard University sophomore diver Christian Nickolas (Brentwood, Calif.) won the women’s 1-meter event at George Washington University, posting a 266.55 mark. With her efforts, the California product qualified for the NCAA; thus, becoming the first Bison to qualify in a decade.

Saturday, Howard fell to crosstown rival George Washington, 159-72.

Senior KaSandra Kaplan (Detroit) won the women’s 50 Free with a 24.76 mark.

In the 400 Free relay, Kaplan, junior Leanne McMaster (Kingston, Jamaica) and freshmen Madison Freeland (Glenside, Pa.) and Myka Thomas (Philadelphia) placed first overall, eclipsing a 3:38.68 time.

Newcomer India Jackson (Philadelphia) and senior Latroya Pina (Seeknok, Mass.) went first and second, respectively, in the women’s 100 Breast. Jackson finished with a 1:10.24 mark while the future Olympian recorded a 1:11.33 time.

On Nov. 30, Dec. 1, coach Nicholas Askew and the Bison wrap up 2018 with the Hounds Invitational in Baltimore.

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