GENEVA, OHIO – The St. Bonaventure men, with 232 points, hold a narrow lead, while the Massachusetts women lead with 219 points after two days of competition at the 2015 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships.
Leading the way for the Bonnies was sophomore Michael White, who broke the A-10 Championship and Conference record en route to a first-place finish in the 200-yd individual medley (1:48.15). St. Bonaventure was also led by senior Ripley Danner, who placed third in the 200-yd IM (1:49.85), and junior Michael Pilyugin, who finished second in the 50-yd freestyle (20.11). The St. Bonaventure 200-yd freestyle relay team consisting of Pilyugin, Viacheslav Shchukin, Vatslav Lets and White finished third with a time of 1:20.87.
The Massachusetts Minutemen, co-leaders after day one, are currently second with 224.5 points. Junior Alessandro Bomprezzi set a new A-10 Championship and Conference record with a time of 4:19.75 in the 500-yd freestyle. Freshman Oliver Wyeth finished second in the event with a time of 4:25.75. Sophomore Robert Barry finished tied for second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 269.60.
Following St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts in the standings after day two of competition are George Mason (185), La Salle (181), Davidson (145), Saint Louis (121.5), Fordham (110.5) and George Washington (99.5).
The Minutewomen continue to lead on the women’s side with 219 points. Senior Molly Smyth and sophomore Meriza Werenski took home bronze in the 200-yd individual medley and 50-yd freestyle for the Minutewomen.
Defending Champion, Richmond, sits in second with 192 points. The Spider relay team consisting of Natalya Ares, Natalie Dowzicky, Annie Lane and Kelley Yang finished second in the 200-yd freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.11. Yang also recorded a third-place finish in the 50-yd freestyle (23.10).
Following Massachusetts and Richmond in pursuit of the A-10 title are Fordham and Davidson both with 170 points currently, Duquesne (163), La Salle (142), George Mason (131), Saint Louis (91), Rhode Island (75), St. Bonaventure (50) and George Washington (33).
Fordham’s Megan Polaha recorded an NCAA “B” time (2:01.31) in her gold medal winning performance in the women’s 200-yd individual medley. George Mason’s Sydney Fisher recorded an NCAA “B” time and tied the A-10 Championship record in the 50-yd freestyle prelims with a time of 22.82.
Action resumes tomorrow morning with the preliminary events beginning at 10:00 am and finals at 6:30 pm.