The Massachusetts men, with 268 points, hold a commanding lead, while the Richmond women lead with 231 points after two days of competition at the 2016 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the SPIRE Institute.
Leading the way for the Minutemen was senior Alessandro Bomprezzi, who finished first in the 500-yard freestyle with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 4:20.32. UMass was also led by senior Wiktor Karpinski and sophomore Owen Wright, who placed third (20.33) and fourth (20.47) in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. Senior Brian Stiles and freshman Kellen Gray joined Karpinski and Wright in the 200-yd freestyle relay, which they won with a time of 1:20.96.
Following Massachusetts in the men’s standings after day two of competition are St. Bonaventure (187), La Salle (177.5), George Washington (157), George Mason (153), Davidson (148), Saint Louis (146.5) and Fordham (46). For George Washington, junior Andrea Bolognesi set an A-10 record with an NCAA “B” time of 1:46.54 in the 200-yard IM. St. Bonaventure senior Michael Pilyugin won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.95 seconds, an NCAA “B” time.
The Spiders continue to lead on the women’s side with 231 points. Sophomore Annie Lane and junior Hannah Matheson took home silver in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM for Richmond, with Lane setting an NCAA “B” time. Junior diver Irina Chiulli finished fourth in the 1-meter.
Davidson sits in second in the women’s championship with 177 points. Junior Elise Lankiewicz recorded an NCAA “B” time and set a pool and A-10 record in the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.88) for the Wildcats. Their 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lankiewicz, Erica Clancy, Kassie Shannon and Angie Healy finished second.
Following Richmond and Davidson in pursuit of the A-10 title are Duquesne (174), Fordham (168), Massachusetts (131), George Mason (122), George Washington (111), Rhode Island (94), La Salle and Saint Louis tied at 76 and St. Bonaventure (74).
George Mason’s Sydney Fisher recorded an NCAA “B” time and broke the meet record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.73. Sophomore Emma Roush took gold in the 1-meter dives (290.80) for Massachusetts, while Duquesne’s relay team of Sam Ray, Kristen McNight, Claire Nobles and Gabrielle Sibilia took first place in the 200-yd freestyle relay.
Action resumes tomorrow morning with the preliminary events beginning at 10:00 am and finals at 6:30 pm.
Atlantic 10 contributed this report.