Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Atlantic 10 Championships
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Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Atlantic 10 Championships

Atlantic 10 Championships Final Results

GENEVA, Ohio – The George Mason men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed the fourth and final day competition at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. 

The Mason men's team finished in second place overall with 541 points while the women's team finished in seventh place with 258 points.

"The championships went great and we progressively got better," Mason head coach Peter Ward said.  "We realized that we were performing well and gained a lot of confidence from that as we moved through the meet."

Ward, in his 19th year at Mason, was named the 2018 Atlantic 10 Co-Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.

"I'm proud and it's a humbling experience," Ward said of the honor.  "It's certainly not about me.  It's about the staff that I have and what a fantastic job my assistants do.  The team has to perform for the coaches to get awards and they did a great job.  I'm just fortunate to be recognized."

On the men's side Saturday, Mason junior Michael Pettinichi won his second individual event of the A-10 Championships, claiming the 200-yard breaststroke with a team record and NCAA B qualifying time of 1:58.03.  Sophomore Christopher Stankiewicz just missed a spot on the podium with a fourth place finish in the event (2:00.15).

On day three of the A-10 Championships, Pettinichi won the 100-yard backstroke (54.01) with Stankiewicz placing second (54.76).

In the 200-yard backstroke, sophomore Ryan Donnelly won the bronze with a third place finish (1:45.64), while sophomore Logan Eubanks placed eighth in the event (1:49.30).

Mason sophomore Attila Kiss swam to a fourth place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:47.36) with senior Steven Craig finishing 13th (16:13.25).

In the 100-yard freestyle, senior Alec Morin placed eighth (45.15).

In the final individual event of the night, the Patriots took the top two spots in the 200-yard butterfly, both with NCAA B qualifying times.
Senior Matthew Lynch won the gold in the event (1:47.69) by one-tenth of a second, edging out Mason freshman Andres Alarcon, who earned the silver (1:47.70).

"Our seniors did a fantastic job with their leadership and performances in the pool," Ward added.  "It shows the way they conducted themselves throughout the tournament and what they meant to the team."

George Washington won the A-10 Championship title for a second straight year with 689 points, followed by George Mason (541), La Salle (431), Massachusetts (411), Saint Louis (408), Davidson (350.5), St. Bonaventure (343.5), and Fordham (331).

On the final day of the women's championship, Mason senior Dorothy Reilly was fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.44).  Junior Christina McLemore finished seventh (2:04.11).

"I think our women's team swam really well," said Ward.  "We were a younger team and we still scored almost the same amount of points as we did a year ago.  It shows that they came together as a team."

Junior Theresa Cotter swam to a sixth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.57), while sophomore Hannah Ikenberry was sixth in the consolation final of the event (2:02.69).  Ikenberry also recorded a ninth place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:10.05).

In the 200-yard breaststroke, senior Allison Barahona was eighth (2:19.48), while classmate Amy Tansill placed seventh in the consolation final of the event (2:20.77).

In the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle, senior Rachel Williams placed sixth (51.48) and junior Marla Albanese finished eighth (51.73).

On the boards, Mason freshman Marina Toone placed sixth in the women's three-meter with a NCAA zone cut score of 282.65.

Duquesne claimed the women's title with 567 points, followed by Richmond (558), George Washington (447.5), Fordham (432.5), St. Bonaventure (420), Massachusetts (355.5), George Mason (258), Saint Louis (205), La Salle (190), Rhode Island (162), and Davidson (129.5).
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