FAIRFAX, Va.- The Richmond swim and dive team concluded the second day of competition at the Patriot Invitational with three first place finishes and a new meet record.
Senior Lauren Hines won the 100 backstroke, while setting a new meet record and posting a NCAA B qualifying time (55.08) . Hines finished a second and a half ahead of the second place finisher.
"Lauren bounced back from disappointment lat night and found partial satisfaction in her 100 back tonight. She swam hard but it wasn't her cleanest 100 back," said head coach Matt Barany. "That is okay because we now know what to work on."
The 200-medley relay comprised of Lauren Hines, Mali Kobelja, Kelley Yang, and Mina Vucic took first place (1:45.32). The race came down to the wire with Vucic out touching UNC-Wilmington's Carly Tanner.
Junior Mali Kobelja took the title in the 400 I.M. (4:25.15). Mali paced the competition in the first three legs of the race. UMBC's Jenni Kotonias gained ground during the last leg of the race, but Kobelja hung on for the win. Kobelja rounded out the evening with a third place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.94).
"Mali is in a good spot. She hates to lose and that motivated her in the 400," said Barany. " She seems to be in touch with all of her strokes and I'm surprised she's this coordinated considering our training."
In addition to Kobelja, the Spiders sent two swimmers to the final heat of the 400 I.M. Sophomore Meredith Gouger finished fourth (4:28.72) and junior Erin Brady rounded out the field in eighth place (4:36.85).
Freshman Kelley Yang took third place in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 56.26. Yang's finish was the fifth fasted in Spider history.
In diving Katherine Cook earned eighth place out of a field of 24 in one meter diving.
The Spiders jumped to second place overall behind Ohio University. Atlantic-10 competition George Washington stands in fourth place, 40 points behind the Spiders.
Richmond will be back in the pool tomorrow in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay during the final session of the Patriot Invitational. Preliminary heats begin at 10 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m.
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