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NCAA Div. I Women: Richmond Spiders Ensnare GWU, 183-108 -- January 30, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 30. THE University of Richmond women's swimming and diving team (7-5) defeated fellow Atlantic 10 conference member George Washington
183 to 108 in a late Wednesday, January 29 afternoon meet. The Spiders took 12 first places out of the 16 events, with three student-athletes earning triple first place finishes.

There was no men's meet, as Richmond abolished its men's team.

The Richmond 200-yard relay team, composed of senior Elizabeth Cook (Rockville, Va.), sophomore Mary Adams (Williamsburg, Va.), freshman Brooke Boncher (West
Newbury, Mass.), and Maureen Sabri (Chambersburg, Pa.), started things off with a 1:49.47 top finish.

Adams and Boncher continued their winning ways in their respective events. Adams, the sophomore standout earned first places in all of her events -- 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.12), 200-yard breaststroke(2:21.61), and 200-yard individual medley (2:05.50).

Three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, Boncher swam to three first place finishes as well. She took top honors in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.17), 50-yard freestyle (23.65), and 100-yard butterfly (57.21).

Classmate Anne Kirchner (Winter Park, Fla.) scooped up a 10:33.36 1000-yard freestyle for first, along with top spots in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.33) and 500-yard freestyle (5:11.70).

Teammates Cook and senior Leigh Figh (Montgomery, Ala.), along with juniors Calla DeRuosi (Richmond, Va.), Casey Dluhos (Savannah, Ga.), and Julie
Waizenhofer (Mason, Ohio), all propelled to second place finishes. Cook grabbed the silver honors in 100- and 200-backstroke (59.40, 2:07.23) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.24).

Figh followed teammate Kirchner to take second in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:41.81). DeRuosi finished second after Adams in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.08) and also followed Adams in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.10). Dluhos and Waizenhofer tallied seconds in 100-yard freestyle (54.85) and 500-yard
freestyle (5:18.74), respectively.

Freshmen divers Laura MacHaffie (Concord, Mass.) and Stephanie Pyle (Silver Spring, Md.) also fared well. MacHaffie collected 132.70 points in the 1-meter and 217.25 points in the 3-meter for second in both events. Pyle, competing in the 3-meter, earned top honors with 218.03 points.

Spider swimming and diving jumps back into action this weekend for their final home contest. The Spiders will host the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Robins Center
Natatorium.