TOWSON, Md. — Colin Richter (Cleburne, Texas/Cleburne), who broke a 14-year old Goucher pool record in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday and was also part of a record-breaking 200 medley relay team in the Gophers' first ever dual win over Scranton, has been recognized as the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for November 3-9.
This is the first weekly honor for Richter in his collegiate career. He touched in at 54.25 in the 100 back, besting the competition by three seconds and eclipsing a von Borries Aquatic Center record (55.89) which had stood since Jan. 29, 2000.
Earlier in the afternoon, Richter also registered a first-place showing in the 200 individual medley. His time of 2:02.07 was nearly five seconds faster than Scranton's Joseph Vannucci (2:06.96) in second. Richter has now triumphed in all six of his individual races to begin the 2014-15 season, and each of his times from Saturday were the fastest marks posted in the conference this fall for those events.
On the relay side, the junior teamed with Brian Cha (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), Jerel McCord (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) and Sam Davis (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) to complete the 200 medley relay in 1:39.59. That was just good enough to top Scranton (1:40.30) for first place, and it broke a pool record which had been in the record books since Jan. 18, 2005.
This is the second straight week that the swimming program has earned a weekly award from the conference. Alexis Regopoulos received AOTW recognition on the women's side last Monday.
Goucher's men's program will look to improve on its 5-1 meet record next Saturday with a 1 p.m. home matchup against Gallaudet.