George Washington Women Top Conference Rival Richmond

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December 08th, 2019 College

George Washington v. Richmond (W)

  • December 7, 2019
  • Washington

Courtesy: George Washington Athletics

WASHINGTON – Fresh off an appearance racing vs. world-class competition at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships, Stine Omdahl Petersen earned a pair of individual wins and contributed to a first-place relay to help George Washington women’s swimming and diving close its fall schedule with a 173-123 over Atlantic 10 foe Richmond at Smith Center Pool.

The first-year from Norway wasn’t slowed down by a quick turnaround after arriving back in the District from Atlanta late Friday night. She touched first in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events — with times of 1:05.64 and 2:23.73, respectively — and also teamed with Andrea HoMeghan Burton and Rebecca Smolcic on a win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.30.

The Colonials flexed their depth to beat the Spiders, highlighted by 1-2-3-4 sweeps in both breaststroke races and wins in both relays. The teams will see each other again at the A-10 Championships, which run Feb. 19-22 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

– Omdahl Petersen led GW’s breaststroke dominance. She was followed by teammates Ann JuneauCourtney Sicinski and Elisabeth Vogel in both races.
– Burton also pulled double duty after competing at the U.S. Open. The junior from Virginia picked up an individual win vs. Richmond in the 100 fly in 56.86 seconds. She was part of both relay wins and also took third in the 100 back.
– The Colonials showcased their distance strength with a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000 free. Andrea Moussier (10:29.76) claimed victory with Tali Lemcofff and Erin McCarthy close behind. The sophomore from Mexico also led the Colonials in the 500 free with a runner-up finish in 5:08.22.
– Smolcic claimed the 50 free in 24.03 seconds and also anchored both winning relays. The sophomore from New Zealand was fourth in the 100 free, an event won by teammate Grace Olivardia (:52.70).
– Jackie Torrez led the Colonials in three events, finishing runner-up in the 200 free (1:53.89), 200 fly (2:14.78) and 200 IM (2:07.73).
– GW put together a strong diving effort, particularly on the 1-meter board. The Colonials produced three scorers there, all with season-best scores, in Rachel Dickinson (second, 231.90), Gabriella Arendes (third, 230.25) and Caitlin Inall (fourth, 229.20). Dickinson, a junior from Florida, also paced the Buff and Blue on 3-meter in third place (season-high 241.88).

UP NEXT: GW heads into winter break before beginning final preparations for championship season in the new year. In their first meet back, the Colonials will welcome District foe Georgetown on Jan. 18 for Senior Day at Smith Center Pool.

Courtesy: Richmond Athletics

WASHINGTON D.C. – Richmond swimming and diving finished the 2019 year with a dual meet at George Washington Saturday morning. The Colonials, picked second in the league in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, defeated Richmond by a 173-123 mark. The Spiders earned eight top finishes in the 16-event matchup.

Sophomore Maggie Purcell (Southampton, N.Y.) continued her stellar season Saturday. She tallied a trio of first place finishes, taking first and the team’s season-best time in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:53.76. She earned a first place finish in the 500 freestyle in her first time swimming in that event this season. Purcell earned a 5:08.10 time for the top spot in that event before going on to take first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.11.

Senior Hannah Gouger (Cockeysville, Md.) earned a pair of first-place finishes. She swept the backstroke events, taking first in the 100-backstroke with a time of 56.88, and the 200-backstroke at 2:03.68.

Others taking home first-place finishes include freshman Claire O’Shaughnessy (Laurel, Md.), Emma Yeakley (Cornelius, N.C.) and Alex Beran (Basking Ridge, N.J.). O’Shaughnessy tallied the first-place finish in the 200-butterfly with a 2:09.81 time. Yeakley and Beran earned their first-place finishes on the diving board as Yeakley was first with a personal-best score of 234.45 in the 1-meter event. Beran and Yeakley both set personal bests in the 3-meter event as Beran finished first at 257.10, and Yeakley in second at 246.75.

Richmond earned a pair of individual second and third place finishes. In the 50-freestyle, Lauren Medlin (Cary, N.C.) earned the third-place spot with a time of 24.71. Eliza Manning (Frederick County, Md.) and O’Shaughnessy earned second-place finishes in the 100-freestyle (53.91) and the 100-butterfly (58.31), respectively. Ellie Ronan (Marblehead, Mass.) added a third-place finish in the 100-butterfly, finishing with a season-best time of 58.93.

The Spiders earned a pair of second-place finishes in the relays. The 200-medley relay team of Jordan Kohut (Raleigh, N.C.), Purcell, Ronan and Medlin finished at 1:47.29, while the 200-freestyle relay of Kohut, Gouger, Manning and Medlin were second with a 1:38.72 time.

The Spiders will take a break during the upcoming weeks as they won’t return to the pool until January 10-11 for a two-day meet with the James Madison Dukes in Harrisonburg.

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