Spiders Go 2-0 In Richmond Duals, George Mason Men Top Davidson

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October 17th, 2023 College, News, Previews & Recaps

2023 Richmond Duals

Courtesy: Richmond Athletics

Hampton, Va. – The University of Richmond swimming and diving program started out its season strong on Friday with a 152-147 win against Davidson in the opening meet of the Richmond Duals.

The spiders dominated the lanes as they took first in six events:

Richmond relied heavy on their returners as Caitlyn Hughes and Caroline Weldon each claimed two first place marks. Erin Budde and Melissa Nwakalor entered today’s competition as newcomers to the Atlantic 10, impressively each earning a first place finish in their respective events.

The distance members for the Spiders competed in the 1650 free. Natalie Stuart (second place – 17:43.87) and Megan Carson (third place – 17:50.62) represented the group.

Katelyn Pennell grabbed two individual second-place finishes on the evening. She took a mark of 57.32 in the 100 back and 2:06.67 in the 200 back.

Along with the first place finish in the 200 fly from Erin Budde, performances by Kaitlyn Bauer (second place – 2:09.35) and Emma Martin (third place – 2:12.04) contributed to the event sweep.

The diving segment of the day for the Spiders was highlighted by Lola Dragosavac as she finished third in the 1m (221.20) and fourth in the 3m (217.55).

Richmond will return to the pool tomorrow to take on George Mason in Day 2 of the Richmond Duals.

Hampton, Va. – The University of Richmond swimming and diving program took the 177-122 victory over George Mason on Saturday, claiming the fifth consecutive sweep of the Richmond Duals.

Opening the day, Natalie Stuart (first place – 17:46.80) and Alexa Connors (second place – 17:49.82) dominated the 1650 free.

The 200 was a strong event for Richmond as Katelyn Pennell snagged the first place finish with a mark of 1:56.11. Megan Carson finished third at 1:57.80.

Caroline Weldon led the way in the 100 back, finishing first at 57.07. Keirlyn Mullica finished shortly behind at 59.32, claiming third.

Following the 100 back, Weldon finished first once again, this time in the 200 back (2:04.38). Weldon finished the weekend with four first place finishes (100 back x2, 200 back x2)

The 500 free proved successful for Richmond as they took the event sweep:

The 400 IM contributed another event sweep for the Spiders:

Spider swimmers finished their day off strong in the 200 free relay with a first place finish. Freshman, Melissa Nwakalor anchored for the squad with an impressive mark of 23.35.

Richmond divers dominated the standings in both the 1m and 3m on Saturday. Tess Weatherhead took the first place finish in the 1m with a score of 213.25 as the 3m added yet another event sweep for the Spiders:

Catch the Spiders again on October 28 as they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to compete against Penn.

Courtesy: Mason Athletics

HAMPTON, Va. –  The George Mason men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up competition at the Richmond Duals on Saturday at the Hampton Aquaplex in Hampton, Va.

The men’s team won its two-day dual against Davidson, 214-190.  The women’s team fell to Richmond, 177-122.

On the women’s side, the Patriots won six events against the Spiders.

Junior Ali Tyler won the 50-yard freestyle (23.93) with sophomore Peyton Brehmer third (24.42) and junior Shannon Judge fourth (24.48).

Tyler also touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle (53.06) with junior Emma DeJong fourth (53.92).

DeJong swam to a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.48) while sophomore Ally Yeary placed fourth (1:09.48).

In the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Kristen Ivey touched the wall first (2:29.21).  Ivey placed fourth in the 400-yard IM (4:43.27) and freshman Casey Tingen was fifth (4:44.29).

Senior Abigail Murtaugh won the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.78) with junior Emma Burke fourth (2:12.34).  Murtaugh also took the top spot in the 100-yard butterfly (57.79) with Brehmer right behind in second (58.56).

Freshman Sarah Dichak took second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.85) and sophomore Angelina Zeidan placed fourth (1:58.35).

Junior Anka Whelan finished second in the 100-yard backstroke (59.07) with Tingen fifth in the event (1:00.51).  Whelan also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:05.39) with freshman Clare Smith fourth (2:07.84).

In the 500-yard freestyle, Dichak was fourth (5:20.10) and sophomore Ainsley Toews fifth (5:25.40).

In the 1650-yard relay, junior Kylie Thompson placed third (19:06.18) and classmate Sydney Branch was fourth (19:16.04).

The Patriots won the 400-yard medley relay (3:53.46) and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.12).

In the diving events, junior Emma McDonald placed second in the one-meter (197.45 points) and fourth in the three-meter (190.85).

The men’s team won eight events on day two against Davidson.

Freshman Ian Rodgers took the top spot in the 50-yard backstroke (23.59) with sophomore Jett Lee third (24.08).  Rodgers also won the 50-yard butterfly (22.77) with sophomore Joshua Hochard fourth in the event (23.59).

Sophomore Tate Anderson touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (50.11), while freshman Colin Murtaugh finished fourth (51.89).  Anderson swam to a first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (50.82).

The Patriots went one-two in the 100-yard breaststroke, with junior Zane Roberts first (58.39) and junior Tyler Lentine second (58.50).  Lentine won the 50-yard breaststroke (26.70) with sophomore Jack Chapman third (27.82) and freshman Jack Graham fifth (28.37).

In the 400-yard IM, freshman Alex Crown took first place (4:06.27) and sophomore Sam Rivas was third (4:16.46).  Crown placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:37.56) with freshman Cody Scifres in third (4:44.65).

The team of Anderson, Lentine, Rodgers and Roberts won the 400-yard medley relay (3:23.21).  The combination of senior Logan Skiles, freshman Colby Lane, Hochard and Roberts placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:23.76).

In the one-meter diving event, freshman Christian Anderson placed third (216.00 points).

The Patriots are back in action when they host La Salle and Duquesne Oct. 27-28 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Fairfax, Va.

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