Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, Day Three

BUFFALO, New York, February 24. THE University of Massachusetts men and the University of Richmond women remain at the top of the leader boards heading into the final day of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships.

The Minutemen continue to lead with a total of 505 points, with St. Bonaventure holding onto second-place with 386 points. Following Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure in the standings is Xavier (371), La Salle (306), Fordham (279), Saint Louis (266) and George Washington (252).

On the women's side, the Richmond Spiders continue to find themselves on top of the standings with a total of 516 points. Rounding out the standings are Fordham (358.5), La Salle (311), Massachusetts (267), Duquesne (185), Rhode Island (182), St. Bonaventure (169), Xavier (165), George Washington (163.5) and Saint Louis (118).

Kicking off the third night of competition, Richmond sophomore Mali Kobelja took first place in the 400-yd Individual Medley with a time of 4:16.02. Kobelja broke the A-10 Championship record in the 400-yd Individual Medley prelims Friday morning before besting that time in the finals. On the men's side, Xavier senior Michael Zennedjian broke another A-10 Championship record en route to a first-place finish in the men's 400-yd Individual Medley with a time of 3:51.54.

In the 100-yd Butterfly, Fordham senior Courtney Collyer led the way with a time of 54.32, while Fordham sophomore Shintaro Noguchi took gold for the Fordham men.

Defending women's 200-yd Freestyle champion, Charlotte Brackett, successfully defended her 2011 title as she grabbed the win for the Spiders with a time of 1:49.75.

Massachusetts sophomore Chris Inglis set a new Atlantic 10 Championship record in the men's 200-yd Freestyle (1:36.93) as the minutemen continued to extend their lead.

La Salle led the charge in both the men's and women's 100-yd Breaststroke, as junior Blas' Szyszko (56.30) took first on the men's side, while juniors Liz Jordan (1:03.02) and Jessica Simunek (1:03.42) finished first and second for the women.

Richmond junior Lauren Hines repeated as champion in the women's 100-yd Backstroke after posting a time of 52.81. For the men, La Salle junior Dan Fitzgerald posted a time of 48.68 in a first-place effort the Explorers.

In the men's 3-Meter Diving, St. Bonaventure senior Mike Murphy totaled a score of 341.40 to capture the gold. Following behind him was Jason Cook and Conor Dunn of Massachusetts, who brought home silver and bronze respectively.

In the night's final event, the Richmond relay team consisting of sophomore Mali Kobelja, junior Lauren Hines, and seniors Charlotte Brackett and Jill Smaniotto set another new Atlantic 10 Conference record in the 400-yd Medley Relay with a time of 3:40.20. The Xavier men's team of consisting of juniors Samuel Conchuratt, Pablo Morejon, Joe O'Hara and senior Michael Zennedjian recorded a mark of 3:19.95 on way to their first-place finish.

The Final Day of Competition is Saturday with preliminaries beginning at 10:30 am and finals beginning at 6:30 pm.

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