Oct. 17, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Massachusetts men and Richmond women's swimming and diving teams have been predicted to take the 2013 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship titles, according to the preseason poll conducted among the league's head coaches.

The Massachusetts men claimed their sixth consecutive team title at last year's Championship with 693 points and look to capture the program's 15th team title at the 2013 Conference Meet. The Minutemen will be led by seniors Beau Garufi and Tim O'Neill, along with junior Chris Inglis, all of whom have scored in previous championships. Standout Inglis has taken home nine metals, including three gold at the 2012 Championship.

St. Bonaventure has been predicted to take second, followed by Xavier (3), La Salle (4), Fordham (5), George Washington (6), and Saint Louis (7).

Richmond's women won the conference title for the second straight year at the 2012 Championship with a team total 751 points. Leading this year's squad are seniors Lauren Hines and Mina Vucic, along with juniors Jessie Krebs and Mali Kobelja, who was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2012 Championship and set A-10 meet records in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley.

The Rams took the second place spot on the coaches' preseason ranking followed by Massachusetts (3), La Salle (4), Duquesne (5), St. Bonaventure (6). George Washington and Rhode Island tied for seventh, while Xavier, Saint Louis and Butler rounded out the 11-team field.

The 2013 Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Feb. 20-23 at the new Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

2013 Men's Swimming & Diving Predicted Order of Finish
(2012 Conference Championship Finish)
1. Massachusetts (1st)
2. St. Bonaventure (2nd)
3. Xavier (3rd)
4. La Salle (4th)
5. Fordham (5th)
6. George Washington (6th)
7. Saint Louis (7th)

2013 Women's Swimming & Diving Predicted Order of Finish
(2012 Conference Championship Finish)
1. Richmond (1st)
2. Fordham (2nd)
3. Massachusetts (4th)
4. La Salle (3rd)
5. Duquesne (6th)
6. St. Bonaventure (7th)
7. George Washington (9th)
7. Rhode Island (5th)
9. Xavier (8th)
10. Saint Louis (10th)
11. Butler (Horizon League 8th)