GENEVA, OHIO – Defending A-10 Men’s Champions St. Bonaventure remains in the lead after day three, while the Massachusetts women hold a narrow lead heading into the final day of competition at the 2015 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Bonnies extended their day two lead following sophomores Matthew Goettler and Preston Schilling’s performances in the 100-yd breaststroke in which they took home the gold and silver medals. Both Goettler and Schilling recorded NCAA “B” Qualifying times in the event with times of 54.85 and 54.93, respectively. Also leading the way for St. Bonaventure, was junior Michael Pilyugin. Pilyugin set a new A-10 record in prelims (47.27 in the 100-yd backstroke) before capturing gold in the 100-yd backstroke finals (47.30).
St. Bonaventure’s 400-yd medley relay team consisting of Pilyugin, Goettler, Michael White and Viachslav Shchukin also established a new A-10 record with a time of 3:12.90.
The Massachusetts Minutemen find themselves currently in second place, 45.5 points out of first. UMass was led by junior Alessandro Bomprezzi, who finished second in the 200-yd freestyle with a time of 1:37.56.
George Mason’s Travis Lauri broke the A-10 record, established earlier that morning by La Salle’s Cameron Fadley, in the 100-yd butterfly with an NCAA “B” Qualifying time of 47.86 en route to a first place finish in the event.
After day three of competition, standings on the men’s side are as follows: St. Bonaventure (412), Massachusetts (366.5), George Mason (350), La Salle (289.5), Saint Louis (271), Davidson (231), George Washington (201.5) and Fordham (187.5).
The Minutewomen, who currently have 411 points, were led by a strong team performance in the 3-meter dive in which four UMass divers placed in the top five of the event. Freshman Emma Roush finished in second with a score of 287.20.
The Spiders of Richmond (409 points) find themselves two points behind heading into Saturday, but were able to cut into the UMass lead thanks to a strong performance from junior Kelley Yang, who broke her own 2013 record in the 100-yd butterfly and recorded an NCAA “B” time of 53.65. Richmond freshman Annie Lane also placed first in the 100-yd breaststroke (1:02.61) and second in the 200-yd freestyle (1:49.39). Freshman diver Irina Chiulli scored 314 points in the women’s 3-meter dive to capture gold for Richmond, the school’s first diving gold as a member of the Atlantic 10.
Following UMass and Richmond in the standings are Duquesne (333), Fordham (296), Davidson (286), George Mason (268), La Salle (215), Saint Louis (158), Rhode Island (111), St. Bonaventure (92) and George Washington (67).
Action continues tomorrow morning with the preliminary events beginning at 10:00 AM and finals at 6:30 PM.