Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –George Washington senior Marek Osina and St. Bonaventure senior Rachel Kimmel were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Performers of the Week. George Washington Bode Ringenbach and George Mason’s Ali Tyler received Men’s and Women’s Rookie of the Week Honors. The awards, announced Tuesday, are for meets held Sept.30.– Oct. 10.
Osina, a native of Kromeriz, Czech Republic., helped the George Washington men’s team defeat Old Dominion, by posting four individual wins in the 200 backstroke ( 1:48.98), 400 individual medley (4:00.43), 200 freestyle (1:41.64), and the 200 butterfly (1:52.42), all of which are best among A-10 swimmers this season. His performance in the 200 backstroke earned him a spot on the program’s top 10 all-time list. He also helped the 400 medley relay team to a first place finish in 3:24.88. During the season opener against Virginia Tech, Osina placed second in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:51.46 and 57.54, and placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.19, all of which are best among A-10 swimmers.
Kimmel, a native of Fort Loudon, Pa., won six events combined against St. Francis and the Colgate Invitational. Against St. Francis, Kimmel placed first in both the 200 individual medley (2:11.35) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.75) respectively. She also helped the Bonnies 200 relay team to a first place finish with a time of 1:49.38. During the Colgate Invitational, Kimmel scored three individual victories, where she broke a pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.70, the best record in the Colgate Invitational since 1996. She secured wins in both the 400 individual medley (4:34.50) and 200 breaststroke (2:20.16) respectively.
Ringenbach, a native of Raleigh, N.C., posted strong swims in his college debut against Virginia Tech. He placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke (58.52), the fourth best time on the conference level, in addition to the 200 breaststroke (2:08.41), and 200 individual medley (1:56.00), the third best time in A-10 Ringenbach placed first in the 200 breast in George Washington’s win over Old Dominion with a time of 2:07.95, the second best time in the Atlantic 10. He placed second in both the 400 individual medley (4:04.02) and 1,000 freestyle (9:45.86), forcing a second best time in the league for both events. He also competed in the 200 butterfly, placing third with a time of 1:55.52, fifth best time on the conference level.
Tyler, a Cheshire, Conn., native marked her first two individual collegiate events, placing first in both the 100 backstroke (57.63) and 100 butterfly (58.29), placing her as the top A-10 freshman in the backstroke and fourth in the conference for the butterfly. She claimed second place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.58, and helped the 200 medley relay team to a first place finish in 1:46.92.