Feb. 22, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Richmond swimming and diving team arrives in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday in a very unfamiliar position - as the challenger. The Spiders, who saw their A-10 record run of eight-straight conference titles ended last season, are ready to win back the trophy as the A-10 Championship begins Wednesday.
The Atlantic 10 Conference is offering live streaming of the final three days of the Championship, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each day. The web stream is free for all viewers.
The Spiders are ready to roll, heading into the Championship on the heels of a dominating win over James Madison in their regular-season finale on January 29.
Following the JMU meet, the Spiders earned mention in the Avidasports National Performance Rankings, which measure a team's performance against their past performances and those of other programs. That week's ranking had Richmond at No. 4 in the nation.
Sophomore Lauren Hines, who has twice been named the A-10 Performer of the Week this season, leads the Spiders into the Championship. The Roanoke, Va. native is ranked among the A-10 top times leaders in a number of events, including the league's second-best time of the season in both the 100 back (55.41) and 100 free (51.31).
A pair of freshmen - Mali Kobelja and Jessie Krebs - have garnered multiple A-10 weekly awards this season. Krebs brings the A-10's fastest time of the season in the 1,650 free to Buffalo of 16:50.97, while Kobelja leads the A-10 with her 200 IM time (2:04.41) and owns the league's second-fastest 200 breast time (2:21.12).
The five relay events are always a key part of the Championship, and the Spiders own the A-10's fastest time of the season in four of them.
Stay tuned to RichmondSpiders.com through the Championship for daily recaps and results.