Richmond Women and GWU Men Extend Leads on Day 3 of 2021 Atlantic-10 Champs


The A-10 Championships continue at the SPIRE Institute, with the women’s finals running at 3:30pm and the men’s at 7pm. Yesterday night, the Richmond women and the George Washington (GWU) men built substantial leads.

Night 3 Women’s Highlights

Duquesne opened the session with a 1-2 finish in the 400 IM, led by senior Emma Brinton (4:16.72) and sophomore Emma Menzer (4:17.76). Menzer’s powerful opening 50 on the breaststroke leg allowed her to pass Richmond’s Margaret Purcell, who took third at 4:18.14.

Davidson sophomore Shelby Stanley won the 100 fly at 53.11, splitting 24.80/28.31 to swim just 0.08s over the 2020 A-10 record of 53.03. Duquesne’s Audrey Steen placed second at 54.40, four-tenths ahead of Richmond’s Claire O’Shaughnessy (54.83).

Picking up another win for Duquesne was junior Hanna Everhart, taking the 200 free in a sub-1:48 effort of 1:47.90. La Salle’s Sara Rizzetto touched out Davidson’s Siena Senn by one one-hundredth for second place 1:48.37 to 1:48.38.

St. Bonaventure junior Rachel Kimmel dropped a full second from prelims to win the 100 breast at 1:00.75. Swimming under 1:02 to round out the top three were George Mason’s Jacquee Clabeaux (1:01.37) and Richmond’s Sara Greene (1:01.84).

Duquesne’s Steen improved from her 100 fly runner-up finish to top the 100 back at 53.24, winning by a 1.38 second-margin. GWU’s Marlee Rickert took second at 54.62 while Richmond’s Katelyn Pennell (54.80).

Into the 400 medley relay, Duquesne held a four-tenths advantage over Richmond heading into the freestyle anchors. Duquesne anchor Everhart continued to maintain a half second lead over Richmond anchor Purcell until she turned on another gear in an attempt to catch Everhart. At the wall, Purcell split a 49.78 to Everhart’s 50.10, yet it was Duquesne who took the win by a tenth over Richmond 3:40.86 to 3:40.96.

Women’s Team Scores (After Day Three)

  1. University of Richmond 467.5
  2. Duquesne University 394
  3. Davidson College 374
  4. George Washington University 306
  5. University of Massachusetts 248
  6. George Mason University 240
  7. La Salle University 172.5
  8. St. Bonaventure University 155
  9. Saint Louis University 151
  10. University of Rhode Island 86

Night 3 Men’s Highlights

The GWU men continued their dominant meet with a 1-2 finish to start the session, led by senior Emils Pone and Marek Osina (3:49.30). Pone split 52.27/57.10/1:04.29/52.66 to win the event at 3:46.32, breaking his own 2019 A-10 conference and meet records of 3:47.52.

Freshman Karol Mlynarczyk have GWU back-to-back wins with his 100 fly victory, taking the event title at 47.26. Touching in second was St. Bonaventure senior Tjaard Krusch at 47.76, catching Saint Louis’ Janssen Gamilla (48.48) on the last 25.

The top three finishers in the 200 free were all freshman, led by champion George Mason’s Anthony Nguyen (1:38.18), who made a big move on the 3rd 50 with a 24.83 split. Touching in for second was GWU’s Ethan Tulenko (1:38.77) while Massachusetts Eric Eastham tied with La Salle senior Dan Johnson at 1:39.20.

George Mason’s Dylan Peck touched 0.02s ahead of GWU’s Tyler Kawakami on the last wall of the 100 breast final, yet made a move on the last 25 to overtake Kawakami for the event win. Peck registered a winning time of 53.64 while Kawakami settled for second at 54.00.

GWU’s Mlynarczyk took another event win on Friday with his top time of 46.22 in the 100 back, which won by 1.4s. Earning St. Bonaventure another 17-point runner-up finish was senior Maciej Danilewski, touching in at 47.64.

Mlynarczyk later improved to a 46.03 leading off GWU’s 400 medley relay, already giving the squad a 1.6s lead. Osina (53.68), Pone (46.90), and Kawakami (43.67) swam after Mlynarczyk to finish with the winning time of 3:10.28, taking down the team’s own 2019 A-10 conference and meet records of 3:12.06.

Men’s Team Scores (After Day Three)

  1. George Washington University 576.5
  2. George Mason University 376
  3. St. Bonaventure University 353
  4. Davidson College 341.5
  5. University of Massachusetts 312.5
  6. La Salle University 259
  7. Saint Louis University 161.5

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Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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