Feb. 24, 2011
Day 2 Results
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Familiar faces sit atop the medal stand after the second day of competition, as the Richmond 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 side, the Minutemen lead with a total of 280 points, 26 points ahead of second place St. Bonaventure. Rounding out the scoreboard are George Washington with 172, LaSalle with 157, Xavier with 143, Fordham with 128 and St. Louis with 103 points.
For the men, Xavier senior Nathan Green swam to a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:30.57, beating out St. Bonaventure's sophomore Ethan Rowan (4:31.94) by over 4.63 seconds. Following suit, Xavier junior Michael Zennedjian posted a time of 1:48.71 to win the gold on the men's side in the 200-yard IM.
In the men's one-meter diving competition, St. Bonaventure's sophomores took gold and bronze with Massachusetts' Jason Cook taking second by less than two points (299.30). Michael Murphy won the gold medal with a score of 300.60 and Dominic Butts-Ealy took home the bronze, earning 287.10 points.
The men's 50-yard freestyle proved a close race with the top five finishers within .49 seconds of each other. LaSalle junior Austin Thomas grabbed the gold for the Explorers touching in at 20.45.
In the final men's event of the evening, St. Bonaventure's team of seniors Jared Robinson, Dawid Kundzik and Chris Baker and freshman James Martin took home gold with a combined time of 1:22.24.
Richmond sits atop the women's standings with a score of 296. Fordham is in second place with 220 points, 76 behind the Spiders. LaSalle is in third place (149.5), followed by Massachusetts in fourth (142), St. Bonaventure in fifth (112), Rhode Island in sixth (108), George Washington in seventh (107.5) St. Louis in eighth (97), Duquesne in ninth (93) and Xavier in tenth (85).
In the first event of the evening, Richmond freshman Jessie Krebs won gold in the women's 500-yard freestyle, touching for a time of 4:48.51. The Spiders continued to dominate as freshman Mali Kobelja finished in the women's 200-yard IM with a time of 2:00.07, breaking the previous Atlantic 10 and ECC pool records of 2:00.11 set by Richmond's Lauren Beaudreau in 2009.
Sophomore Lauren Hines and junior Charlotte Brackett gave Richmond a one-two punch, claiming gold and silver in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. Hines posted a time of 23.21 while Brackett clocked in at 23.29.
In the final event of the evening, the Richmond women's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hines, Kobelja, Brackett and senior Nicole LePere set a pool and Atlantic 10 record, swimming a combined time of 1:31.57.
The third day begins at 10:30am with morning preliminaries. Finals will commence at 6:30pm.