NORFOLK, Va. - The Richmond swimming & diving team opened the season splitting a dual meet at Old Dominion, defeating UNC-Wilmington 115.50-47.50 and being edged by the host Monarchs 82-81.
Sophomore Mali Kobelja, the 2012 Atlantic 10 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, won two events and paced second in another to lead the Spiders. Kobelja, who was named the Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Performer, won the 200 individual medley in 2:06.29 and took first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.75. She was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.63
Senior Lauren Hines won the 100 backstroke in a time of 56.23 and finished second in the 200 back in 2:03.22. Freshman Kelley Yang was runner-up in two events, taking second in the 100 butterfly in 56.74 and second in the 200 butterfly in 2:06.04.
Freshman Erica Elias swept both diving events, winning the 1-meter dive with 194.90 points and the 3-meter with 224.75. Spider sophomore Katherine Cook took second in the 3-meter dive with 207.90 points and third in the 1-meter at 175.60 points
Freshman Natalya Ares was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.69 and took third in the 100 backstroke in 59.88.
Kobelja, Yang, Vucic and Laura Jordan won the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:36.84. Hines, Yang, Kobelja and Ares won the 200 medley relay in 1:46.59.
The Spiders return to action Friday, Oct. 26 at William & Mary at 6 p.m.