The Collegian
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Spiders capture win over JMU in season's only home meet

again, not sure yet, there are no numbers. Lane 5 on the 200 fly
again, not sure yet, there are no numbers. Lane 5 on the 200 fly

The Richmond swimming and diving team trumped James Madison University 167-127 Saturday in front of a raucous crowd at the Robins Center Natatorium, led by three seniors competing in their final home meet, and several freshmen swimming in their first.

The Spiders, who hope to capture their eighth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Feb. 17 to 21 in Buffalo, N.Y., honored seniors Lauren Beaudreau, Cara Smaniotto and Julia Bizer before the meet. Coach Matt Barany spoke highly of all three athletes, praising them for their abilities and leadership.

"Cara and Lauren have experience with me, my process and the seasonal plan," he said. "They have done a good job leading by being my eyes, ears and voice during this process. In essence, they have become coaches too."

The team performed admirably under the pressure of its only home meet of the season, taking an 18-15 lead after the first event. The Spiders never surrendered their advantage.

Nicole LePere, Beaudreau, Katie Sieben and Charlotte Brackett won the 200-yard relay in 1 minute, 45.51 seconds, followed closely by the second team of Beth Ann Platt, Mary Anne Lerro, Jill Smaniotto and Natalie Lewis at 1:48.71.

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