Spiders Win Atlantic-10 Women’s Crown for Fourth Straight Year

BUFFALO, NY, February 22, 2005. The University of Richmond’s swimming and diving team garnered 921 points, second most in Conference Championship history, to win its record fourth-straight A-10 Championship Saturday night at the Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo, N.Y., per Spider sources.

The Spiders 387-point margin of victory over second-place St. Bonaventure is the second largest in their streak of four Conference Championship wins.

Senior Mary Adams was named the A-10 Most Outstanding Performer for the second time in her career. The Williamsburg, Va., native won the award for the first time in 2003.

Freshman Jessica Witt earned the Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Rookie honor marking the third consecutive time a Richmond freshman swimmer has been given the award. Head coach Matt Kredich earned the Atlantic 10 Women’s Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight season.

The Spiders captured five wins on the final night of competition to run away with the title. Witt opened the evening with a season-best time of 17:01.23 in the 1650 free. The Fullerton, Calif., natives time pushed her into third on Richmond’s all-time records list. Sophomore Caitlin Geary also finished in the Top-3 with a time of 17:04.66.

Junior Kate Hibbard wrapped up a third-place finish in the 200 back event with a season-best time of 2:03.92. Hubbard’s time ranked fifth all-time on Richmond’s record list.

Junior Brooke Boncher and sophomore Michelle Coombs finished in the Top-3 in the 100 free. Boncher turned in an NCAA B cut time of 50.49, while Coombs swam a season-best 52.14.

Sophomore Alicia Crossman came up big in the 200 breast with a win in 2:20.62. Her time was a season-best and ranked second all-time on the Spiders record list.

Junior Anne Kirchner garnered the Spiders fourth win of the night in the 200 fly. The Winter Park, Fla., native swam a season-best time of 2:05.53 in prelims and a 2:05.54 in the finals.

Richmond wrapped up the event with a win in the 400 free relay. Sophomore Emily Bateman, Adams, Coombs and Boncher turned in a 3:26.02 to win by more than three seconds.

Team Scores

1. Richmond — 921
2. St Bonaventure — 534
3. George Washington — 427
4. Massachusetts — 363
5. Xavier — 350
6. Fordham — 326
7. Duquesne — 318
8. Rhode Island — 221
9. La Salle — 132

The following files should be separate results of Day Two, Three and Four.

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