Contact: Laura Lawrence
Collegiate Athletes to Watch
Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships
Geneva, Ohio – February 18, 2020
We spoke to the coaches in advance of this week’s Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at SPIRE Institute.
Coach Jim Halliburton from Saint Louis University expects many best times turned in by his swimmers. This should bring about a lot of team cheering and many happy swimmers! Two of his swimmers will defend their Atlantic 10 Conference Champions titles - Grant Streid in the 100 Butterfly and Collin O’Brien in the 200 Breaststroke. Coach Halliburton said watch out for Katie Schmude, Emily Smith, Keegan Paulson, TJ Halliburton and Janssen Gamilla, all placed in past Atlantic 10 Championship and are seeded well this year, as well as Savannah Nichols, defending A-10 runner-up in the 200 butterfly.
“Fast swims and great energy out of the crew on the pool deck is what we always expect at SPIRE,” said George Washington University Coach Brian Thomas. “Our conference has a number of teams in the mix that make us all better. I look forward to seeing how we respond to the competition.” On the men’s side, Coach Thomas said to look out for Max Forstenhausler, Mortiz Fath (who broke an Atlantic 10 record last year), and Rookie George Aspougalis. For the women’s side - Jackie Torrez, Meghan Burton and Rookie Stine Peterson are the athletes to watch.
“We’re looking for the men’s team to get back into their top three finishes,” said St. Bonaventure Head Coach Skip Nitardy. “We have some freshman that will surprise at this year’s Championships. We are stronger this year on the women’s side. We expect to improve and get back into the top five.” Athletes to watch are Tiaard Krush and Hylton Collinson in the men’s and in the women’s Rachel Kimmel and Katrina Wardner.
UMass Head Coach Russ Yarworth said, “We always look forward to the excitement and intensity of the Championships. SPIRE Institute is a fantastic facility that creates a great competitive opportunity. We know that every team in the Conference will be bringing their best effort and that’s what competition is all about! Casey Ransford (butterfly) and Al Madden (breaststroke) are our top returning performers and we are hoping for great swims from them.”
Fordham Head Coach Steve Potskian said he “always looks forward to the excitement of the Championship. No other atmosphere like it during the course of the year.” A top Fordham athlete to watch is Amelia Bullock (flys, breast) who already set school 200 breast record this year. Bullock missed last year's championship, but was a former A-10 champ in the 200 fly.
“The Atlantic 10 is excited to be back at SPIRE for the 2020 A-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. We’ve enjoyed our partnership with SPIRE and look forward to another great championship event this year.” – Asia Thompson, Assistant Director of Championships, Atlantic 10
We’ll see you at the event! SPIRE will give away one FREE WEEK of CAMP at SPIRE Academy in any sport!
Prelims begin at 10am Thursday-Saturday
Finals begin at 5pm Wednesday, 6:30pm Thursday & Friday, and 6pm Saturday
See the entire schedule at www.spireinstitute.org/atlantic10
All Session Tickets: Adult $60
Family Pack $120 (2 Adults, 3 child/student)
Single Session Tickets: Adult $13
****Tickets are available at the door.
About Atlantic 10
14 member institutions. A-10 sponsors 19 Olympic Sports as well as Men’s and Women’s Basketball, totaling 21 sports and conference championships. Olympic Sports include baseball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball. The A-10 has a 91% student-athlete graduation rate, above the national average of 88%. A-10 started as an eight-school, men's basketball-only affiliation and has grown into a 14-university, 21-sport league that is universally hailed as one of the best conferences in the country.
About SPIRE Institute
Constructed on 177 acres of expansive land, at 750,000 square feet, SPIRE IA is among the largest and best-equipped indoor sports facilities in North America. SPIRE Academy serves as a national/international college preparatory academy for high school and postgraduate athletes. It provides physical, mental and nutritional performance training as well as sports-specific training/competition programming in swimming, track and field, basketball and e-sports. SPIRE’S experienced coaching staff conducts academy, camp, club and skill development programs in all of these sports; and it offers exceptional league play in soccer and volleyball. SPIRE also hosts countless sport competitions including those organized by the NCAA, the Big East, the Big Ten, and the Atlantic 10 conferences. Spire has also hosted Olympic trials and world championship qualifiers. www.spireinstitute.org
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