Richmond Women, Massachusetts Men Lead After Day One of Atlantic 10

GENEVA, Ohio, February 19. JUST a day into the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, and a pair of conference records took a tumble in Geneva, Ohio.

The St. Bonaventure men’s swim team had a seriously strong night, but were trumped by a deep diving group from Massachusetts with UMass up 133-100 in the men’s meet. Richmond, meanwhile, swept the two women’s events on offer on day one to grab an 80-60 lead against George Mason.

Richmond’s Maggie Pope (26.19), Mali Kobelja (28.12), Kelley Yang (23.73) and Laura Jordan (23.05) raced their way to victory in the women’s 200-yard medley relay with a top time of 1:41.09. That swim put them more than a second ahead of Fordham’s Morgan Fairclough, Kelley Carroll, Shannon Lulley and Chandler Lulley, who took second overall in 1:42.37. Rhode Island’s Emily Thomesen, Rachel Revolinski, Colette Aubin and Porshe Brown finished third overall in 1:42.65.

The Atlantic 10 conference and meet records both fell in the men’s 200-yard medley relay in a battle between St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis. St. Bonaventure’s Vatslav Lets (22.94), Matthew Schutt (25.10), Ripley Danner (21.22) and Jimmy Martin (19.48) closed the show with a 1:28.74, while SLU’s Patrick May (23.33), Stephen Hansen (24.57), Brendan Hulseman (21.94) and Zack Billingsley (19.51) clocked a 1:29.35. Both times surpassed the 1:29.43 set by St. Bonaventure well back in 2009. Massachusetts’ Hao Luong, Alex Mesisca, Chris Inglis and Wiktor Karpinski touched third in 1:30.16.

Richmond swept the women’s relay on offer on night one when Natalya Ares, Allison Titley, Molly McSweeney and Meredith Gouger took home the title in the women’s 800-yard free relay in 7:23.14. Unfortunately, splits are unavailable for Richmond. Mass’ Anna Cavanaugh, Molly Smyth, Meriza Werenski and Zoe Judd finished a close second in 7:23.27 with Duquesne’s Meghan Smith, Sam Ray, Nicole Bruneel and Line Lovberg snaring second in 7:24.84.

St. Bonaventure finished the night with a conference record relay sweep. Michael Pilyugin (1:37.00), Viachslav Shchukin (1:38.68), Ripley Danner (1:38.21) and Jimmy Martin (1:35.91) touched in 6:29.80 in the men’s 800 free relay. That blasted St. Bonnie’s 2013 mark of 6:33.68. George Mason’s Danny Camozzo, Jesse Burnley, Brandon Nestor and Joey Kelly also surpassed the previous record with a 6:32.80, while even Mass’ Brian Stiles, Ryan Bobianski, Troy Nichols and Chris Inglis put up a 6:33.67 for third to clip the previous standard.

In diving action, Massachusetts freshman Joshua Koppel rolled to victory with 303.75 points in the one-meter event. George Mason’s Nic Guttendorf took second in 267.60, while La Salle’s CJ Gimpel placed third with 248.80 points.

1. Richmond 80
2. George Mason 60
3. Fordham 58
3. Rhode Island 58
5. Duquesne 56
6. George Washington 50
6. St. Bonaventure 50
8. La Salle 44
9. Massachusetts 34
10. Saint Louis 32

1. Massachusetts 133
2. St. Bonaventure 100
3. La Salle 90
4. Fordham 61
5. Saint Louis 60
6. George Washington 58
7. George Mason 57

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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