2016 A-10 Men’s & Women’s Championships
- Wednesday, February 17- Saturday, February 20
- Geneva, Ohio- Spire Institute
- Defending Champs: Men-Massachusetts, Women-Richmond
- Championship Central
- Live Results
Meriza Werenski of Massachusetts claimed the first event of the night, the women’s 400 IM, in a time of 4:16.39. She defeated last nights 200 IM champ Megan Polaha of Fordham by a slim margin, as she touched for 2nd in 4:16.55. Both swims were well under the NCAA B cut of 4:19.39. Top seed after prelims Lexi Santer of Duqesne was 3rd in 4:20.83. Polaha beating out Santer was big for Fordham, as they were trailing Duquesne closely in the fight for second place.
Fordham’s Shannon Lulley continued Fordham’s strong session, winning the 100 fly in 53.42, breaking the existing pool record of 53.45. Sydney Fisher of George Mason was the top seed after prelims going 53.57, but couldn’t finish the job tonight finishing 2nd in 53.92. Kelley Yang of Richmond was 3rd in 53.97. All three were well under the NCAA B cut of 54.49.
Davidson’s Elise Lankiewicz continued her strong showing at this meet winning the 200 free in a time of 1:46.92, shattering the pool record of 1:47.24, and her own conference and meet record of 1:47.91 from the prelims. Richmond’s Annie Lane was 2nd in 1:48.00, and Lankiewicz’s Davidson teammate Angie Healy was 3rd in 1:48.25. Two swimmers in the top-3 was big for Davidson, as they moved within one point of Duqesne after this event.
Davidson continued to swim well, as junior Katy Williams touched first in the 100 breast winning in 1:01.73, over Richmond’s Erin Barry who was 2nd in 1:02.42. Both snuck under the NCAA B standard of 1:02.49. After them, it was a pair of Rhode Island swimmers finishing 3rd and 4th, with Nicole Petta in 3rd (1:02.88) and Carly DeLiberty in 4th (1:02.94).
Olivia DiStefano gave the La Salle women their first win of the night, taking the 100 back in 55.44. Richmond continued to stack on points, with Maggie Pope finishing 2nd in 55.61. Kate Moreton of Davidson was 3rd in 55.67.
Davidson out duelled Richmond for the win in the 400 medley relay, going 3:42.31 to Richmond’s 3:42.90. The winning team consisted of Kate Moreton, Katy Williams, Maggie Farrell and Elise Lankiewicz. Lankiewicz had a very fast anchor of 48.81. Fordham finished 3rd in 3:44.00 and Duqesne was 4th in 3:45.65.
University of Richmond continues to lead the overall score, now up by over 100 with 428 points. Duqesne and Davidson continue to dual for 2nd spot, and Massachusetts and Fordham are very tight for 4th.
1. University of Richmond 428
2. Duquesne University 322
3. Davidson College 319
4. University of Massachusetts 266
5. Fordham University 264
6. George Mason University 222
7. George Washington University 164
8. University of Rhode Island 151
9. La Salle University 127
10. St. Bonaventure University 114
11. Saint Louis University 112
Steve Sholdra of Fordham opened the session with a win in the 400 IM, clocking 3:51.75 over St.Bonaventure’s Michael White who was 2nd in 3:53.54. Sholdra won the race on the freestyle, where he split 52.52. Both swimmers were under the NCAA B cut of 3:54.49. Austin Nguyenphu of Saint Louis was 3rd in 3:56.45. Saint Louis came into the session holding onto 3rd place with many teams close behind.
Andrea Bologensi continued his strong showing here winning the 100 fly in 47.18, breaking his own conference and meet records from the prelims (47.45). Ryan McCoy of Saint Louis was 2nd in 47.72, as both men got under the NCAA B standard of 48.29. Jakub Bartosiewicz of La Salle was 3rd in 48.64. La Salle and Saint Louis remained in a title battle for 3rd after this event, with Saint Louis up by just 2 points.
Massachusetts extended their team lead as Brian Stiles and Alessio Bomprezzi went 1-2 in the 200 free. Stiles won in 1:37.33, under the B cut of 1:37.99, and Bomprezzi was 2nd in 1:38.09. George Mason’s Jesse Burnley was 3rd in 1:38.46.
Bologseni picked up his second win of the night in the 100 breast, winning in a time of 52.44. That swim broke the conference and meet record he went this morning of 53.43, and broke the pool record of Ruben Giminez from 2014 that stood at 52.73. Johan Roth of La Salle was 2nd in 54.59, and Preston Schilling of St.Bonaventure was 3rd in 54.83. All three men were under the B cut.
St.Bonaventure’s Michael Pilyugin won the 100 back for the second year in a row in a time of 47.27, equalling his conference and meet record from last year. Pilyugin’s win helped boost St.Bonaventure into 2nd place in the team race. Luke Burton of Davidson was 2nd in 47.57, and Oliver Wyeth and Kellen Gray of Massachusetts were 3rd and 4th respectively. All four were under the B standard of 48.49.
Massachusetts divers have been a big help for the team as they lead the team race, as they placed three divers in the top 8 of the 3-meter including Trent Kindvall taking the win with a score of 290.75. St.Bonavenuture’s Alex Marra picked up his second runner-up finish of the weekend, finishing 2nd with a score of 287.70.
The La Salle men triumphed in what was a very close 400 medley relay, winning in a time of 3:16.11. The team of Fabian Bergman, Johan Roth, Cameron Fadley and Jakub Bartosiewicz beat out George Washington, Davidson, St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis in a very tight race. George Washington and Davidson tied for 2nd in 3:16.36, St. Bonaventure was 4th in 3:16.72, and Saint Louis was 5th in 3:16.82.
Heading into tomorrow, Massachusetts still holds a big lead for first, but after that there are many close battles going on. St. Bonaventure had a big session as they sit in 2nd place just ahead of La Salle. Saint Louis sits 4th with George Washignton, George Mason and Davidson close behind.
1. University of Massachusetts 472
2. St. Bonaventure University 344
3. La Salle University 342.5
4. Saint Louis University 306.5
5. George Washington University 296
6. George Mason University 281
7. Davidson College 275
8. Fordham University 109