UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va- The Spider Swim and Dive team came up short in a hard fought contest against Villanova that boasted a new school diving record and two swimming records.
Richmond fell to Villanova 162-134 in a meet that came down to the last two races.
The Spiders started the meet off with a first and second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The A relay comprised of Lauren Hines, Mali Kobelja, Kelley Yang and Mina Vucic clocked in the top time of the season at 1:44.57. The Spider B relay team edged Villanova's A squad by three one-hundredths of a second.
Hines captured first by two seconds in the 100 backstroke (56.13) and handily took first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.23.
Vucic took third place in the 50 free (24.40), fourth in the 200 free (52.80), and helped the 400 freestyle relay take second in her last meet at the Robins Center Natatorium
Yang broke both career best times in the 100 and 200 fly. She took second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.98 and followed up that strong performance with a first in the 100 fly (54.97). Yang's 54.97 swim was the third fastest 100 fly in Spider history.
Richmond had a record-breaking night on the boards. In the 3-meter Katherine Cook and Erica Elias both surpassed Michelle Robertson's seventeen-year-old record of 271.20. Cook solidly won first place with a score of 306.83 and Elias finished second posting a solid 286.50. The duo scored high enough to qualify for NCAA zones
Cook went on to win the 1-meter (274.05) and Elias comfortably captured second (257.85).
The Spiders will continue to train for the A-10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio on February 20-23 where they hope to capture another A-10 title.