Host Spiders Pick Up Win As Richmond Swim Duals Conclude

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RICHMOND, Virginia, October 18. The second day of competition at the Richmond Duals concluded this afternoon, with host Richmond picking up a win over George Mason. Meanwhile, the George Mason men defeated Davidson, and the Davidson women out-swam Duquesne.

Richmond Press Release

The Richmond swimming and diving program won for the second-straight day, defeating George Mason 163-134 in day two of the Richmond Duals, held on campus and at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center. After winning Friday over Davidson Friday, the Spiders came away with two wins over Atlantic 10 Conference programs over the two-day meet.

Sophomore Maggie Pope (Nashville, Tennessee) got the first individual win of the day, coming in at 58.51 in the 100 Back in event six of the morning.

Freshman Erin Barry (Millington, New Jersey) won her first individual event of the day and third of the weekend by swimming a 1:06.77 in the 100 Breast.

Junior Melissa Ross (Warrington, Pennsylvania) won the 200 Fly a few events later, with senior teammate Allison Titley (Richmond, Virginia / St. Gertrude) swimming third for points for the Spiders.

The Spiders grabbed second-place points in the 50 Free by freshman Hailey Bivens (Roanoke, Virginia / Cave Spring HS) 200 Back (Pope) and the 500 Free, by Annie Lane (Vinton, Virginia / William Byrd).

Barry won again, posting the fastest time of the day in the 200 Breast, with sophomore teammate Erin Dunstan (New Caanan, Connecticut) winning third-place points.

Bivens broke through for an individual win in the 100 Free, with junior teammate Kelley Yang (Ellicott City, Maryland) scoring third-place points.

Before the second break in the meet, senior Anna Fetter (Westfield, New Jersey) posted a 57.16 for a win in the 100 Fly, with Ross posting third in that event, about a second and a half behind.

In the final individual event of the afternoon, senior Meredith Gouger (Cockeysville, Maryland) was third in the 400 IM.

While the swimming was ongoing, the divers competed on campus, with the Spiders sweeping that day in both the 1m and 3m boards.

Sophomore Irina Chiulli Westwood, Massachusetts), freshman Laura Rokop (Carmel, Indiana) and sophomore Mikeala Gekas-Robinson finished 1-2-3 in the 1m board, while the order in the 3m started with Rokop, then Chiulli with Gekas-Robinson rounding out the scoring for the Spiders.

Richmond will compete in a dual meet next on Halloween at Liberty, starting at 4 p.m.

George Mason Press Release

The George Mason men’s swimming team defeated Davidson in its two-day long dual by a final score of 229-179 while the women fell to Richmond on the second day of the Richmond Duals.

The men had an advantage of 116-88 coming into Saturday and outscored the Wildcats 113-91 on the second day of competition. After defeating Duquesne on Friday, the women were defeated by defending conference champion Richmond, 163-134.

Double winners on the day included Madison Baker in the women’s 100-yard freestyle (10:31.18) and 400-yard IM (4:36.19) and Steff Maurer, who after winning once on Friday claimed three first place finishes on Saturday. Maurer won the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.29), the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.79) and the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:06.52.

Travis Lauri once again won in the 50 and 100-yard butterfly with times of 22.69 and 51.12, respectively. He also anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay made up of Zepher Begnell, Alec Morin and Colin Schwartz (1:23.81).

Craig Steven won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:40.39 after winning the 1650-yard freestyle on Friday. Paul Helfgott again led the way in diving, winning the three-meter competition with a score of 261.85. William Clendenin won the 400-yard IM (4:05.32) to follow up his victory in the 200-yard IM yesterday. Craig would finish second in the event.

Sydney Fisher picked up her second victory of the weekend in the 50-yard freestyle with a mark of 23.93.

The Patriots host their first meet of the season on Saturday, October 25 when Delaware visits at 1 p.m. at the Aquatics and Fitness Center.

Davidson Press Release

The Davidson women earned their first Atlantic 10 victory with a 160-101 decision over Duquesne, while George Mason held off the Davidson men, 229-179, in swimming & diving action Saturday on the final day of the Richmond Shootout at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center.

Freshmen Elizabeth Weldon (10:38.78) and Leah Hubert (10:40.64) gave an indication of what was to come in the women’s meet, claiming the first two events in the 1000-yard freestyle to open the meet. Kate Moreton, Katy Williams, Elise Lankiewicz and Kassie Shannon then teamed up to win the 400 medley relay in 3:54.62, and Meredith Nakano (1:55.04) and Kate Carter (1:57.67) claimed the top two spots in the 200 freestyle.

Duquesne earned its first top individual placing in the 100 backstroke, but reigning A-10 Performer of the Week Lauren Malachowski (59.80), Angie Healy (59.93) and Kate Moreton (1:00.55) finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Williams (1:07.39) and Sarah Coats (1:07.81) then earned another 1-2 finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Shannon (24.26) led a Wildcat sweep of the top four places in the 50-yard freestyle. She was followed by Lankiewicz (24.36) and Erica Clancy (24.41) in scoring positions, while Nakano touched fourth in 24.51.

Lankiewicz then earned a victory in the 200 back, touching in 2:06.96. Duquesne claimed the top spot for just the third time in the 200 breaststroke, but again, the ‘Cats claimed the next three spots with Nakano (2:23.26), Williams (2:25.13) and Coats (2:27.33) touching in order.

Shannon earned her second win of the day in the 100 free, touching the wall in 53.05 seconds, while ‘Cats claimed third, fourth and fifth, as well.

Weldon led a podium sweep in the 500 free, finishing in 5:12.59. She was pursued by Anna Blair Bullock (5:14.41) and Kate Carter (5:16.15). The ‘Cats concluded the meet with a Lankiewicz victory in the 100 butterfly and another win in the 200 free relay.

Luke Burton led the men with wins in the 50 backstroke (23.73) and the 200 back (50.33). He also opened the meet by contributing to winning 400 medley relay effort (3:26.78).

Additionally, the ‘Cats took four of the top five spots in the 50 breaststroke, with Grant Smith touching first in 26.70 seconds, while Drew (27.24) and Spencer Gill (27.41) were third and fourth, respectively. Spencer led the same feat in the 100 breast, as he touched first in 59.05 seconds, while Riley League (59.71) and Drew Gill (59.72) followed in the scoring positions. Max Feinstein took second in the 3-meter dive (198.10), while Clay Resweber also earned a runner-up finish in the 500 freestyle (4:42.70).

Davidson returns to action next Saturday with its first home meet of the season, hosting former CCSA foe College of Charleston at 1 p.m.

Duquesne Press Release

Duquesne’s swimming team dropped its head-to-head match-up with George Mason at the Richmond Duals Friday evening in Virginia, 174-105.

Morgan Fink secured second place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.34 while Lexi Santer placed third in 2:08.03.

Kayla Owens was DU’s top finisher in the 200 breast with a third place time of 2:22.67 while Line Lovberg finished third in the 200 IM in 2:11.03. The 400 free relay wrapped up the event placing third in 3:35.51.

The Dukes will face Davidson Saturday morning.

Results: Richmond Duals, Day Two

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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