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Release: 02/18/2017
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GENEVA, Ohio – After a high-energy, inspiring and emotional four days, the University of Richmond Swim & Dive team won its seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship. 

This is the 15th title the Spiders have won in the last 16 years. Entering the final day, Richmond was ahead of the competition with UMass trailing by 32 points.

In addition to bringing home the trophy, freshman Hannah Gouger was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Matt Barany took home his seventh Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honor. 

The Spiders got the day started when sophomore Nicole Piercy won the bronze in the 1650 free turning in a season-best time of 17:07.12. With Piercy on the podium, Richmond extended its lead to 42 points.

Richmond landed two on the podium in the 200 back as Gouger and junior Hannah Verrette grabbed gold and bronze, respectively. Gouger’s time of 1:56.39 is an NCAA B-cut while Verrette’s time of 1:59.29 was her fastest time this season. Senior Maggie Pope won her consol final in a lifetime best 2:00.49 to place ninth overall.

Junior Erin Barry took home the gold in the 200 breast stroke with an NCAA B cut time of 2:13.29. Senior Erin Dunstan placed 14th overall clocking a season-best time of 2:19.05.

Freshman Virginia Marsh placed fourth in the 100 free at 50.79 and she was the top freshman to finish the event. Junior Annie Lane took seventh in a time of 51.03 and sophomore Morgan Soulia finished 15th overall at 51.98.

In the 200 fly, senior Hannah Matheson finished fifth touching the wall at 2:02.22. To close out the competition, the Spiders 400 free relay team finished fourth turning a time of 3:23.84.


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