GWU Women, George Mason Men Looking to Defend A-10 Titles This Week

2021 ATLANTIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2021 Atlantic-10 Conference Championships for men’s and women’s swimming & diving begin tomorrow in Ohio with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay timed finals. Diving, meanwhile, will be held separately at George Mason University on Thursday and Friday.

On the women’s side, George Washington will try to defend their 2020 A-10 title after scoring 608 points at last year’s meet. Fordham (533) and Duquesne (525) were not far behind. For the men, George Mason will look to defend their title, as they were able to just get by George Washington last year with a score of 657 to George Washington’s 636.

The George Washington men look very good on the psychs, which spells trouble for George Mason. GWU holds the top four seeds in the 500 free, 100 back and 200 back, five of the top six seeds in the 200 free, and a number of other top seeds sprinkled throughout.

Meanwhile, the women’s psychs are much harder to get a feel for how the team race might look, other than very competitive. A host of teams have strong events or top seeds, but it’s Davidson College, a team that finished fifth last year, who hold top seeds in four out of the five relays and several individual top seeds.

George Washington’s Karol Mlynarczyk is one of the big names to watch for the men; he has top seeds in the 100 back (46.97) and 100 fly (47.98) along with the 200 back (1:43.91). The Polish freshman is in striking distance of A-10 records in all three events. For the women, Davidson junior Siena Senn holds dominant top seeds in the 500 free (4:53.82) and 200 free (1:49.48), while Jacquee Clabeaux of George Mason and Duquesne freshman Laura Goettler should match-up for some good battles in breaststroke.

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Yaboi
2 months ago

Got to watch in person as one of GW’s men, Ryan Patterson, posted an Olympic trials qualifying time in the 100 backstroke at US Open. Great team with incredible depth, they’re certainly the team to beat this year.

Ace
2 months ago

GO GW

Andrew
2 months ago

Big things coming from Mason swimmer Tim Mckinley, looking at a breakout meet for sure

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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