GENEVA, OHIO – Richmond took home the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championship title after four days of competition at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The Spiders racked up a total of 645.5 points. Leading the way was senior Mali Kobelja, who was named Most Outstanding Performer. Over the course of the championship, Kobelja recorded first place finishes in the 200-yd individual medley (2:00.46) and the 100-yd breaststroke (1:01.82), a second place finish in the 200-yd breaststroke (2:13.62) and team relay victories in the 200-yd medley relay, the 200-yd freestyle relay, the 400-yd medley relay and 400-yd freestyle relay.
Fordham’s Megan Polaha was named the Most Outstanding Rookie Performer after recording a sixth place finish in the 200-yd IM (2:03.09), a fourth place finish in the 400-yd IM (4:19.72) and setting a new A-10 Conference record in the 200-yd butterfly with a time of 1:58.51. Massachusetts’ Michaela Butler named the meet’s Most Outstanding Diver after placing first in both the women’s 1-meter dive (315.65) and the women’s 3-meter dive (286.95).
Runner-up Fordham finished with 493 points, followed by Massachusetts (467), George Mason (436), Duquesne (371.5), La Salle (318), Rhode Island (287), George Washington (253.5), St. Bonaventure (213) and Saint Louis (152).
2014 A-10 Swimming & Diving Awards
Most Outstanding Performer: Mali Kobelja, Richmond
Most Outstanding Rookie: Megan Poloha, Fordham
Most Outstanding Diver: Michaela Butler, Massachusetts
Coach of the Year: Matt Barany, Richmond
Diving Coach of the Year: Mandy Hixon, Massachusetts