GW’s Andrea Bolognesi Ready To Rock 100 Breaststroke Final

George Washington junior Andrea Bolognesi and GW Head Coach James Winchester talk about the Italian’s preparation entering the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Championships, which enter their 3rd night of finals this evening.

Despite having obtained a trio of qualifying times for the meet, in the press conference, both men talk about how the plan was for Bolognesi to go all-in on the 100 breaststroke race. The strategy appears to have paid off, as Bolognesi cranked out a time of 52.06 this morning to claim the 4th seed headed into tonight’s final.

Entering the meet, the GW student-athlete’s lifetime best was the 52.44 he threw down at this year’s A-10 tournament, so he’s choosing the right time to blast off and possibly land in the top 3 of his pet event come tonight’s finals. He’ll need to drop even more time to get into the 51-point ballpark that the 3 men ahead of him scored in prelims, but he and his coach sound confident in the press conference that they’ve put in the work to render results just at the right time.

Top 4 finishers in 100 breaststroke prelims at NCAA Division 1 Championships:


  • Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri – 51.53
  • Peter Stevens, Tennessee – 51.67
  • Carlos Claverie, Louisville – 51.87
  • Andrea Bolognesi, George Washington – 52.06

Video courtesy of GW Athletics.



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Swiss GWU Alum

A historic moment for GWU Swimming. Never before has a GWU swimmer scored at NCAA’s. Ever since I swam at GWU 29 years ago have I been waiting for this moment. Good luck Bolo!

Neal Studd

Wow! Nice job James good luck tonight!!!

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