WASHINGTON – Seeking to keep pushing forward after last season’s historic sweep of both Atlantic 10 team titles, GW swimming and diving has bolstered its lineup with the addition of 18 newcomers for the 2022-23 season, Head Coach Brian Thomas announced Wednesday.
The distinguished group of 11 women and seven men includes representatives from nine US states as well as Hungary, South Africa, Russia and Cyprus.
There are four transfers coming aboard in 2021 NCAA qualifier Matthew Whelan (Duke), two-time A-10 500 free champion and 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee Siena Senn (Davidson), former WAC medalist Mikhail Lyubavsky (Grand Canyon) and former SEC competitor Marna Heymans (Arkansas/Northern Colorado).
The 14 first-years arrive in Foggy Bottom with experience competing at high-level meets around the country and internationally and personal-best performances that set them up to be competitive within the conference and beyond right away.
They are Abby Clark (Cary, NC), Rylee Coyne (Waxhaw, NC), Julia Fifer (St. Charles, Ill.), Jason Hawkins (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), Izabella Ioannou (Limmasol, Cyprus), Preston Lin (Peachtree Corners, Ga.), Julia Miles (Vacaville, Calif.), Daniel Nagy (Budapest, Hungary), Olivia Paquette (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Keira Porter (Hilliard, Ohio), Ganesh Sivaramakrishnan (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Ava Topolewski (Grand Prairie, Texas) and AJ Wood (San Antonio, Texas) and Phoebe Wright (Cincinnati, Ohio).
“We’re excited to see what this group can do in Buff and Blue,” said Thomas, who swept the A-10 Coach of the Year awards last season. “These athletes have endured a lot over the course of the past two years, and I believe that those experiences will help shape their careers at GW in a positive way.
“More importantly, I think this group has what it takes to keep our culture moving forward and build upon the accomplishments of our most recent teams when it comes to creating an environment of excellence. Should be fun!”
Grand Prairie, Texas
Lake Ridge High School/Mansfield Aquatics Club
Top Times—1,650 free: 16:28.03; 500 free: 4:48.83; 200 fly: 1:59.52; 1,000 free: 9:49.99; 100 fly: :54.69; 200 free: 1:50.49
Walnut Hills High School/Mason Manta Rays
Top Times—200 free: 1:48.33; 100 free: :50.10; 200 back: 1:59.48; 100 back: :55.27; 50 free: :23.52; 200 IM: 2:03.61
Park City, Utah
Davidson/Park City High School/Wasatch Front Fish Market
Top Times—200 free: 1:48.38; 500 free: 4:49.00; 1,650 free: 16:43.56; 100 free: :51.37
Durban, South Africa
Arkansas/Northern Colorado/Gelofte High School/Seagulls Swimming Club
Top Times—50 breast: :29.27; 100 breast: 1:01.79; 200 breast: 2:13.51
Cary High School/TAC Titans
Top Times—50 back: :26.31; 100 back: :55.52; 200 back: 2:00.78
Cuthbertson High School/Carolina Diving Academy
Top Diving Scores—1-meter (6 dives) 239.1; 1-meter (11 dives) 410.55; 3-meter (9 dives) 275.3
St. Charles, Illinois
Saint Charles North High School/Saint Charles Swim Team
Top Times—50 free: :23.49; 100 free: :51.72; 200 free: 1:54.70
Laniteio Lyceum/Famagusta Nautical Club
Top Times—100 breast: 1:04.60; 200 breast: 2:18.43; 200 IM: 2:08.57 (Converted from meters)
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Dana Hills High School/Crown Valley Divers
Top Diving Scores—1-meter: 408.10 (10 dives); 3-meter: 456.25 (10 dives); Platform: 350.25 (9 dives)
Hilliard Darby High School/Aces Diving
Top Diving Scores—1-meter: 490.20 (11 dives); 3-meter: 363.40 (10 dives); Platform: 288.65 (9 dives)
Davis Senior High School/Dart Swimming
Top Times—50 free: :23.73; 100 free: :51.71; 200 free: 1:51.29
Korösi Csoma Sándor Két Tanítási Nyelvu Baptista Gimnázium/Darnyi Tamás Sport Club
Top Times—200 fly: 1:45.35; 100 fly: :47.36; 200 free: 1:38.46; 500 free: 4:29.15 (Converted from meters)
Upper St. Clair High School/Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics
Top Times—100 back: :47.61; 100 fly: :48.28; 200 free: 1:40.09; 50 back: :22.58; 50 free: :21.04; 100 free: :46.60; 200 fly: 1:52.10
Peachtree Corners, Ga.
Norcross High School/Spartans Aquatic Club
Top Times—100 breast: :54.22; 200 breast: 2:02.07; 500 free: :21.66; 50 breast: :25.02
Duke/John Randolph Tucker High School/NOVA of Virginia
Top Times—200 fly: 1:42.41; 100 fly: :46.53; 50 free: :19.96; 100 free: :45.12; 200 free: 1:37.91
Grand Canyon/High School #38
Top Times—500 free: 4:22.76; 1,650 free: 15:20.74; 200 free: 1:37.76; 400 IM: 3:51.52
Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
West Ranch High School/Canyons Aquatic Club
Top Times—100 breast: :56.26; 50 free: :20.73; 100 free: :46.67; 50 breast: :26.08
San Antonio, Texas
Brandeis High School/Alamo Area Aquatics Association
Top Times—100 free: 46.97; 50 free: 21.62; 100 back: :52.08