Feb. 18, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Familiar faces sit atop the medal stand after the second day of competition, as the Fordham women and Massachusetts men hold on to the lead at the Atlantic 10 Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Flickinger Center.
On the men's leaderboard, the Minutemen lead with a total of 314 points, 123 points ahead of second place St. Bonaventure and Duquesne who are tied at 191 points apiece. Next is Fordham (152.5), La Salle (141), Xavier (137.5), St. Louis (102), and George Washington (96).
In the first event of the evening, Fordham senior Caitlin Napoli won gold in the women's 500-yard freestyle, touching for a time of 4:55.45. For the men, Duquesne junior Edward LaBlanc swam to a first-place finish with a time of 4:27.25, beating out Massachusetts' sophomore Joey Sbordon by over 4.63 seconds.
Rhode Island earned its first gold of the championships in the women's 200-yard IM, as junior Lillian Falconer finished on top in the event with a time of2:01.49. Following suit, Massachusetts senior Andrew Willbrant posted a gold finish on the men's side with a time of 1:51.30.
Fordham sits atop the women's standings with a score of 265. Richmond sits in second place with 185 points, 80 behind the Rams. Massachusetts is in third place (165), followed by La Salle in fourth (153.5), Duquesne in fifth (141), Rhode Island in sixth (112), Xavier in seventh (11) St. Bonaventure in eighth (105), George Washington in ninth (90.5) and St. Louis in tenth (82).
In the women's one-meter diving competition, Massachusetts' sophomore Hanna Swift won the gold medal with a score of 251.30. Fordham sophomore Andrea Krok earned silver (245.30) and La Salle sophomore Laurie McLaughlin (244.75) took bronze.
Richmond sophomore Charlotte Brackett claimed gold in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a time of 23.30. Her teammate, sophomore Lauren Hines second-place touch (23.39) helped the Spiders post a gold and silver finish in the sprint. The Massachusetts men's team finished with a gold and bronze. Senior Juan Moliere finished his career by touching for gold (20.44) and junior Chris Howard for bronze (20.74) held pad the teams lead in the standings.
In the final events of the evening, the Richmond women's 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Katie Sieben, junior Nicole LePere, sophomore Charlotte Brackett and freshman Lauren Hines won in a time of 1:32.81, tying an ECC Pool record For the men's 200-yard free relay, the combination of LeBlanc, senior Brendan Schilling, junior Jim O'Hara, and sophomore Roman Becicka earned gold for Duquesne with a time of 1:21.15.
The third day begins at 10:30am with morning preliminaries. Finals will commence at 6:30pm.