GENEVA, Ohio – It was an emotional night for the Spider Swim & Dive program as sophomore Morgan Soulia’s gold medal performance in the 200 IM rallied the team in support and inspiration.
Soulia clocked a 2:00.33, an NCAA B Cut, in the championship final. Her time was a lifetime best and she knocked a second off her time from the prelims. Senior Hannah Matheson took seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.67. Freshman Hannah Gouger (2:04.22), junior Hannah Verrette (2:04.29), and freshman Lexie Gilbert (2:06.51) also scored for the Spiders in the event.
Junior Annie Lane secured a spot on the podium in the 500 free finishing in second at 4:49.51, just behind Davidson’s Elise Lankiewicz. Freshman Virginia Marsh (4:55.21) and sophomore Nicole Piercy (4:55.29) finished sixth and seventh respectively in the event. Sophomore Lauren Wallace turned in a season-best time of 5:00.30 to move up two-spots from this morning’s prelims.
The Spiders closed out the evening with a sixth-place finish in the 200 free relay. The team of Marsh, Lane, Gouger and Matheson touched the wall at 1:34.06, winning the first heat of the championship final.
Richmond is currently in second place with 189 points. Duquesne leads things on the women's side with 209 points. Day three of the Atlantic 10 Championship action continues tomorrow with prelims beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the 400 IM starting things off. A complete schedule of events can be found here. Tomorrow night's finals begin at 6:30 p.m.