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Richmond Women Crowned A-10 Champion in Swimming and Diving

Release: 02/23/2013
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Feb. 23, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Richmond took home the 2013 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship title after four days of competition at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The Spiders racked up a total of 737 points. Leading the way was junior Mali Kobelja, who was name Most Outstanding Performer. Kobelja placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a time 2:14.12. Also leading the way was freshman Kelley Yang, the Most Outstanding Rookie. Yang finished first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.17. Freshman Natalya Ares finished first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.62. The 400 freestyle relay squad also finished first with a time of 3:21.93.

Also standing out on day four of competition was Brienne Ryan of Fordham. Ryan broke the A-10 All-Time record in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 1:55.79.

Runner-up Massachusetts finished with 594 points, followed by Fordham (473), La Salle (442), George Washington (285), Rhode Island (269.5), Duquesne (243.5), St. Bonaventure (215), Saint Louis (185), Xavier (165), and Butler (68).

2013 A-10 Swimming & Diving Awards
Most Outstanding Performer: Mali Kobelja, UR
Most Outstanding Rookie: Kelley Yang, UR
Most Outstanding Diver: Michaela Butler, UM
Coach of the Year: Matt Barany, UR
Diving Coach of the Year: Mandy Hixon, UM

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