2019 Atlantic 10 Championships Day 1: George Washington, Duquesne Defend Team Titles

Atlantic 10 Day 1

By Lianne McCluskey, Swimming World Intern.

The George Washington Men’s Swimming & Diving team began the Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championship meet in record setting fashion, opening the men’s events with a new conference and meet record in both the 200 Medley and 800 Freestyle Relays. The Colonials are seeking their third straight overall victory at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

The Duquesne Women are also defending their first-ever conference title, currently by narrow margins. On Wednesday night they took the lead with 72 points, 2 points in front of the Fordham. The Rams won the 200 Medley Relay, but the Dukes took the lead back after their win in the 800 Free Relay. 

“It was a good start tonight,” Duquesne coach David Sheets told Swimming World. “We now focus on our events for tomorrow and beyond, but tonight’s swims will help us build confidence and momentum.”

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Day 1 Results

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

Fordham University beat out George Washington by less than a tenth of a second for the first relay win of the night. Third place finishers Duquesne and fourth place Richmond all hit the touchpad within 1 second of each other, proving for an exciting meet ahead. The Rams winning relay of Michelle Martin, Milly Furneaux, Kiara Norris, and Tara Brunner clocked 1:40.96.

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

George Washington’s relay of Emils Pone, Tommi Wolst, Max Forstenhaesler, and Alex Auster lit up the pool with a new Atlantic 10 Conference and Meet Record. Their time of 1:27.06 lead the way, with last year’s overall runner-up George Mason trailing close behind, and the La Salle Explorers taking bronze.

Men’s 1 Mtr Diving Finals

George Mason Junior Gerald Hodges took the crown in the 1 mtr diving event on Wednesday evening with a score of 317.65. George Washington Peter Nachtwey took silver, while La Salle Freshman Steven Stasolla scoring bronze.

Women’s 800 Free Relay

The Duquesne Relay of Emma Brinton, Hanna Everhart, Lauren Devorace and Carson Gross won the final women’s relay of the night with a time of 7:15.69, nearly four seconds ahead of Richmond in 2nd place and missing the conference and meet record by less than half a second. The George Washington Colonials followed closely in 3rd.

Men’s 800 Free Relay

The Colonial men finished off the night with a 4 second lead at the finish. In a winning time of 6:28.60, just shy of a new pool record, Moritz Fath, Youssef Ragab, Dylan Arzoni and Emils Pone set another conference and meet record to cap off the first night of the championship. Davidson College finished runner up, and La Salle took another bronze home for the evening.

Day 1 Women Results

Day 1 Men Results

 

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