NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- In the Spiders final preparation before the Atlantic 10 Championship, the youth of the program continued to shine against Big Ten foe, Rutgers, with freshmen Hannah Gouger and Lexie Gilbert both picking up wins.
Gouger continued to show her dominance in the 100 backstroke winning the event in a time of 57.14. Senior Maggie Pope took third in the event at 58.74.
The Spiders swept the 200 IM with Gilbert leading the way with her season-best time in the event at 2:11.38. Gouger finished second at 2:!2.20 with seniors Rachel DuMez and Erin Dunstan rounding out the top-four.
Along with a pair of wins from the Gouger and Gilbert, classmate Virginia Marsh and sophomore Morgan Soulia finished second and third, respectiely, in the 200 free. Marsh also notched a top-three finish in the 50 free at 24.55, while Soulia was third in the 100 free at 53.78.
Also picking up wins was Richmond's 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. The 200 medley team of Gouger, Soulia, Hannah Matheson and Marsh clocked the fastest time in the event this season at 1:46.58. The 200 free team of Soulia, Annie Lane, Marsh and Matheson took the top spot at 1:38.90.
Along with outstanding performances from the underclassmen. It was a good day in the water for some veterans too. Lane showed her endurance in the pool with a second place finish in the 500 free and a third place finish in the 1,000 free with a season-best time of 10:37.13.
Junior Erin Barry was second in the 200 breast at 2:21.06. Barry, who was the top Spider finisher in the 100 breast stroke led Gilbert and sophomore Emily Landon who had top-five finishes. Matheson took second in the 200 fly and Pope had a third place finish in the 200 back stroke.
Richmond will return to action for the Atlantic 10 Championship which begins on February 15. The Spiders have won 14 of the last 15 A-10 titles.