BRONX, N.Y.- The Spider swim and dive team swept Fordham and La Salle with eight recorded first place finishes in an A-10 showdown on Saturday in the Bronx.
The Spiders defeated La Salle 180-110, and took down the Fordham, the 2010 A-10 Champs, 161-124 with strong performances in the pool and on the boards.
"We were balanced today," said head coach Matt Barany. "All areas were much better than yesterday. There were quite a few 1-2's including in diving."
The 200 medley (1:45.15) relay comprised of Lauren Hines, Mali Kobelja, Kelley Yang, and Laura Jordan took first place edging Fordham by one hundredth of a second. The B-relay made up of Natlya Ares, Erin Brady, Anna Fetter, and Anne Marie Billot took third (1:50.30)
The Spiders continued with the momentum throughout the day posting 26 top-three finishes.
Allison Titley narrowly won first place in the 200 freestyle over Fordham's Amanda Biagioli. Titley started off with a fast first leg (26.58) and was able to fight off Biagoli for the win. Later in the day she took first place in t he 200 fly (2:06.35)
Jessie Krebs posted the top finishes for the Spiders in the distance events taking first in the 500 free (5:02.60) and second in the 1000 free (5:05.55). Teammate Molly McSweeney followed close behind Krebs earning third in both the 500 free (5:06.49) and 1000 free (5:06.49)
Mali Kobelja won both of the 100 breast (1:05.55) and the 200 breast (2:20.41). Teammate Erin Brady earned second in the 200 breast (2:22.81).
Lauren Hines battled with Fordham's Brienne Ryan in both the 100 back (55.36) and the 200 back(2:04.37) ,earning second in both events.
In the short distance freestyle events, freshman Kelley Yang took first place in the 50 free (24.38) while teammate Mina Vucic finished in second (24.55). Vucic won the 100 free for the Spiders with a time of 52.95
On the boards, Erica Elias and Katherine Cook earned top two finishes in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter. Cook won the 1-meter (232.20) and Elias came in a close second (230.65). On the 3-meter, Elias took first (237.70) and Cook earned second (215.80).
"We've decided to make the effort to focus on internal improvements between now and A-10s, " said Barany. "We know the teams will be good, but we are not sure whom. So we are going to focus on ourselves."
The Spiders compete at home against Villanova on February 1 at 5 p.m. at the Robins Center Natatorium.