George Washington Swims Past Richmond 165-135

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December 02nd, 2017 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Meet Results

  • December 2, 2017
  • Washington D.C.
  • Meet Results
  • Score
    • George Washington 165, Richmond 135

Press Release

Courtesy of George Washington Athletics

Emily Zhang posted three individual wins and swam on a pair of victorious relays to help George Washington women’s swimming and diving edge Atlantic 10 stalwart Richmond, 165-135, on Saturday at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

The Colonials won the first six events of their fall finale and 10 of 16 in all to drop the Spiders, who have claimed the past seven conference titles. They avenged last season’s narrow loss in the same pool to improve to 5-1 in head-to-head competition this season.


  • Zhang claimed the 100-yard breaststroke (58.01 seconds), 100-yard freestyle (52.69 seconds) and 50-yard freestyle (24.18 seconds). The junior from Maryland also placed third in the 200-yard individual medley.The 50 free featured three rounds of qualifying before a head-to-head final. Zhang had to beat teammate Abigail Fusco to win the event. She touched first in a thrilling finish, winning by four-hundredths of a second.
  • Zhang played a major role in GW’s sweep of the relays, as well. She teamed with Fusco, Andrea Hoand Gemma Atherley on a 200-yard medley relay win to open the meet and then anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay victory to close the meet.
  • Atherley was a double winner, capturing the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.92) and 200-yard freestyle (1:53.49).
    • The sophomore anchored the first relay win and also swam a leg on the second one. She placed second in the 200 IM, as well.
    • GW went 1-2 in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Tali Lemcoff won the 1,000 free in 10:27.80, followed by Selin Ozturk. Ho beat out Alli Lapps for the 100 back victory in 58.01 seconds.
    • Jackie Torrez was GW’s other individual winner. The sophomore claimed the 200-yard butterfly, touching in 2:07.46 to win by more than six seconds. She also scored in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200 IM.
    • Gabriella Arendes was GW’s top diver against Richmond. The freshman placed second in the 1-meter competition (246.45) and fourth on the 3-meter board (246).

    UP NEXT: GW now heads into winter break. The Colonials return to action Jan. 13, 2018, with a crosstown trip to American’s Reeves Aquatic Center, where they’ll matchup against the host Eagles and Georgetown.

Press Release

Courtesy of Richmond Athletics

With Winter Break a few weeks away and the Atlantic 10 Championships just over two months away, the University of Richmond headed north to take on the Colonials of George Washington in the final dual meet of the 2017 calendar year.

A strong effort on the diving board highlighted the Saturday showing for the Spiders, who fell to the Colonials, 165-135.

“We struggled today and George Washington is a really talented team,” Head Coach Matt Barany said. “I’m impressed with George Washington’s upward momentum and attitude that we’re on display today. We’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to accomplish our goals.”

Sophomore Maddy Chao (251.18) and senior Laura Rokop (277.73) swept the 1-meter and 3-meter respectively. It was Chao’s first ever collegiate win.

In the pool, junior Morgan Soulia claimed the top spot in both the 100-yard butterfly (59.37) and 200-yard IM (2:08.48).

“We had a good day on the boards, our divers looked sharp,” Barany added. “Morgan was able to bounce back and come through in her 100-yard fly and the 200 IM.”

Rokop had arguably the best meet of her career, with two top-three finishes on the day. To go with her win, Rokop claimed third on the 1-meter boards, scoring 240.00.

Rokop’s victory on the 3-meter led a sweep of the top three spots, as she was joined by freshman Alex Beran (second – 273.60) and sophomore Sydney Weiskopf (third – 259.95). Rokop and Beran were just a few points shy of qualifying for NCAA Zones.

Junior Nicole Piercy had a solid day as well with three top-three finishes. She finished second in both the 200-yd butterfly (2:13.77) and 500-yard freestyle (5:12.97), along with a third-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:30.70).

Seniors Annie Lane (500-yd free – 5:10.81) and Erin Barry (200-yd breaststroke – 2:22.07) also claimed wins on the day.

Up next, the Spiders will take their annual training trip to Florida in early January, followed by a dual meet at James Madison on January 13.

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