ANNAPOLIS, MD, February 11. THE Richmond swimming and diving team (4-5) ended its regular season with a 161-139 win over the Navy Mids at Lejeune Hall Saturday morning in Annapolis, Md., per Richmond sources.
Junior Brooke Boncher led the way for the Spiders setting three individual pool records and helping break another relay record in Richmond's third win over its last four meets.
The Spiders started their morning with a time of 2:01.66 (all times are short-course meters) to win the 200 medley relay. Richmond then went on two win each of the next three events. Sophomore Caitlin Geary swam a 9:10.15 and senior Erin Lears turned in a 9:12.77 to finish first and second, respectively, in the 800 free. Lears' time converts into her best 1000 free time of the season (10:31.82).
Sophomore Emily Bateman won the 200 free in a time of 2:08.45, and was followed by Boncher's win (1:05.33) in the 100 back event.
Freshmen Anastasia Lau (1:14.40) and Andrea Denney (1:16.40) then garnered second and third-place finishes in the 100 breast. Senior Mary Adams won the 200 fly in 2:06.28 and was followed by freshman Jessica Witt in second with a time of 2:24.73. Witt's converted time ranks third for the Spiders this season (2:09.68).
Boncher recorded another win in the 50 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 26.18, which also broke a pool record. Sophomore Michelle Coombs finished third in the event with a time of 27.56. Adams won another event, the 100 free with a time of 58.36. The converted time of 52.29 places the Williamsburg, Va., native 10th all-time at Richmond.
Witt and Coombs picked up a 1-2 finish in the 200 back event for the Spiders. Witt won the race in 2:21.98 and Coombs finished just behind her with a 2:23.14. Witt's converted time of 2:07.21 was her fastest of the season and Coombs (2:08.25) turned the fourth-fastest time, converted, of the season for the Spiders.
Sophomore Megan Riley placed second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:44.30, and was followed by Geary's second win of the morning in the 400 free with a time of 4:28.64.
Boncher added her second individual pool record in the day's next event, the 100 fly, The West Newbury, Mass., native turned in a 1:02.57. Witt (2:22.65) and sophomore Kara Swift (2:12.96) wrapped up second and third place, respectively, in the 200 IM.
The Spiders then finished off the swimming events with a win in the 400 free relay. The team, comprised of Boncher, Adams, Coombs and Bateman, turned in a time of 3:55.02 to set a new pool record. Boncher's lead-off leg, 57.43, also broke a pool record.
Richmond now heads to the Atlantic 10 Championships to defend its three-straight league titles. The three-day meet in Buffalo, N.Y., will begin Feb. 17 and wraps up Feb. 19.