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The Spider 200 medley relay squad of Hines, Kobelja, Smaniotto and Brackett set a new school, pool and meet record on Wednesday.
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The Spider 200 medley relay squad of Hines, Kobelja, Smaniotto and Brackett set a new school, pool and meet record on Wednesday.
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Spiders Set 200 Medley Marks on Opening Day of A-10s
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 02/22/2012
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LOCATION: Buffalo, N.Y. | Erie Community College's Flickinger Athletic Center
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2012 A-10 Championship Central Coverage
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - As the snow fell in the greater Buffalo area Wednesday evening, so too did a host of 200 medley relay records thanks to the Spider squad of junior Lauren Hines, sophomore Mali Kobelja and seniors Jill Smaniotto and Charlotte Brackett. Following the foursome's record finish, Richmond sits tied with Fordham atop the Atlantic 10 Championship standings with 76 points.

The aforementioned quartet combined for a finish of 1:39.48, well under the NCAA 'B' qualifying time, to establish a new school, pool and Atlantic 10 record in the 200 medley relay. The same Spider squad had set the previous mark of 1:40.11 at last year's conference meet.

After Hines (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) came off the blocks with a strong back split of 24.76, Kobelja (Fort Wayne, Ind./R. Nelson Snider) took to the water in a virtual tie with Fordham. Kobelja then clocked a lighting-quick breast split of 27.86, and Smaniotto (Millville, N.J./Millville) and Brackett (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) would never look back in the fly and free, respectively, to clinch the meet-opening win for the Spiders.

"While we're proud of our relay's record time, we think we could have gone faster on all four legs," said head coach Matt Barany. "Lauren and Charlotte also had a pretty tough double tonight. We relied on some veterans, and those two really stepped up for us."

With just two relay events being raced on the women's side on Wednesday, the Spiders wrapped up the first day of action with a runner-up finish in the 800 free relay. Hines, Brackett, sophomore Jessie Krebs (Towson, Md./Towson) and senior Alexi Kuska (Westfield, N.J./Westfield Senior) teamed up for a time of 7:24.25 to finish just behind first-place Fordham in the event.

Richmond returns to the water on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for prelims in the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. Freshman Katherine Cook will also compete in the 1-meter diving prelims, set to start at 1 p.m. Finals, including the 200 free relay, get underway at 6:30 p.m. at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Athletic Center.

Live results and live in-meet Spider tweets will be provided over the course of the week during both prelims and finals. Those, in addition to free live video, can be found via the links in the A-10 Championship Central grid above.

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