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Massachusetts Men, Richmond Women Lead Atlantic-10 Champs After Day 2 -- February 18, 2005

BUFFALO, NY, February 17. MASSACHUSETTS' men and Richmond's women remain on top after Day Two of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships at Buffalo Community College.. The Minutemen finished the night with a score of 274.5, while the Spiders finished with 313 points.

The St. Bonaventure men are in second place (224.5), La Salle in third (180), George Washington in fourth (145), followed by Fordham in fifth (135), Xavier in sixth (134), Rhode Island in seventh (119), and Duquesne in eighth (113).

In a hard-fought race to the end, UMass senior Justin Zeimetz came out on top of the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.92.

Sophomore Sean Flaherty of GW captured a gold medal in the 500-yard free with a time of 4:33.93, while Fordham rookie John Stoneburner placed first in the 200-yard individual medley event in 1:52.15.

St. Bonaventure finished the night on a high note, earning its first gold medal of the competition. Senior Seth Johnson, juniors Ryan Moore and Patrick Doret, and anchor Michal Bogacki took the 200-yard free relay in 1:22.78.

On the boards, freshman RJ Rappe of U. Mass claimed a gold medal in the one-meter diving competition with a score of 304.30.

On the women’s side, St. Bonaventure is in second place (209), George Washington in third (179), Massachusetts and Fordham tied for fourth (151), followed by Xavier in sixth (123), Duquesne in seventh (99), Rhode Island in eighth (92), and La Salle in ninth (65).

Richmond freshman Jessica Witt grabbed the first gold of the night with a first-place finish in 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:57.34. Senior Mary Adams qualified for the NCAAs with a B-cut in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:03.69. Junior teammate Brooke Boncher also qualified with a time of 23.12 in the 50-yard free.

In the 200-yard free relay, Adams and Boncher teamed with sophomores Michelle Coombs and Emily Bateman to win the gold medal in a time of 1:33.78.