GENEVA, OHIO – The University of Richmond took home the 2015 Atlantic 10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championship title after four days of competition at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The title marks the Spiders’ fifth consecutive A-10 title and 13th in the last 14 years.
The Spiders finished with a total of 586 points after 20 events and overcame a two point deficit heading into the final day. Richmond started the evening off strong with the trio of Emma Terwilliger, Meredith Gouger and Molly McSweeney who finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,650-yd freestyle. Richmond was then led by Melissa Ross’ gold medal winning performance in the 200-yd butterfly (2:00.27).
The Massachusetts Minutewomen, leaders for the first three days of the championship, finished second with 498 team points. They were followed by Duquesne, who finished with 479 points. Dave Sheets, head coach of the Dukes was named the A-10 Coach of the Year.
Trailing Richmond, Massachusetts and Duquesne in the final standings were Davidson (437), Fordham (425), George Mason (421), La Salle (286), Saint Louis (189), Rhode Island (152), St. Bonaventure (129) and George Washington (99).
Davidson’s Elise Lankiewicz was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet after recording first place finishes in the 100-yd freestyle (49.83), the 200-yd freestyle (1:48.20), the 500-yd freestyle (4:50.36) and being a member of the three gold medal winning relay squads (200-yd freestyle, 400-freestyle, and the 800-yd freestyle).
Richmond’s Annie Lane was named Most Outstanding Rookie after winning the 100-yd breaststroke (1:02.61). She also recorded a second place finish in the 200-yd freestyle and was a part of two second-place relay finishes (200-yd freestyle relay and the 200-yd medley relay).
Richmond’s Irina Chiulli was honored as the Most Outstanding Diver after finishing first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 314.70. She also recorded a fifth place finish in the 1-meter dive with a score of 245.15.
Massachusetts’ Mandy Hixon was named the Diving Coach of the Year.
2015 A-10 Women’s Swimming & Diving Awards
Most Outstanding Performer: Elise Lankiewicz, Davidson
Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Annie Lane, Richmond
Most Outstanding Diver: Irina Chiulli, Richmond
Coach of the Year: Dave Sheets, Duquesne
Diving Coach of the Year: Mandy Hixon, Massachusetts