The Collegian
Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Swimming & Diving

Swimming and diving wins 8th straight A-10 title

The University of Richmond women's swimming and diving team won its eighth consecutive Atlantic 10 championship Saturday after beating seven A-10 records during four days of competition at the Flickinger Center in Buffalo, N.Y. From the first event on Wednesday to the last event on Saturday, the lineup of junior Alex Helland, senior captain Lauren Beaudreau, junior captain Katie Sieben and freshman Charlotte Brackett set A-10 and school records in the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute 40.17 seconds and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:22.87. On Friday, they dropped six seconds off Richmond's 400-yard medley relay time that had set the A-10 record the year before, winning in 3:40.34. Beaudreau, who also won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, was named Female Performer of the Meet. "Her last swim, the 200 breaststroke, it was probably the swim of the meet," coach Matthew Barany said.


Hightower reflects on Super Bowl and more

Last February, Arizona Cardinals' rookie running back Tim Hightower was finishing his degree at the University of Richmond. This February, he was catching passes from Kurt Warner on the world's largest sports stage. Readers probably already know that the 2008 Richmond graduate caught the touchdown pass that put the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

Senior Lawrence Lessing worked on his shot Friday afternoon as Coach Adam Decker looked on.

Men's golf hopes early success will continue in A-10 play

The University of Richmond men's golf team started its 2008-09 season strongly, with two top-five finishes during its first four non-conference tournaments, and continued its success to start the spring season. The team, whose year-long schedule includes nine tournaments, also placed fifth out of 12 during the Liberty Invitational on Oct.


Spiders defeat Niagara in first game of Saturday doubleheader

Spider right fielder Ryan Metzroth said during a recent interview that being team captain meant leading by example, both on the field and off the field. If leadership on the field means hitting 3-for-4, with a home run, four runs batted-in and three runs scored, then Metzroth was a leader during the season opener, during which Richmond won 8-6 over the Niagara University Purple Eagles Saturday at Pitt Field. Metzroth hit his first home run of the season his first time at bat, sending Eagles pitcher Marcus Spaulding's pitch over the left-center field wall, hitting the new life-sized stuffed Spiderman doll hanging upside down from the field's new scoreboard. The home run scored junior third baseman Cameron Brown, who had been injured for most of last season.

(L-R) Carlo Villa, '12; Bailey Smith, '11; Claire Ziegler, '11; Brittany Kneidinger, '12; Stephanie Toth, '09; Van Nall, '11
Club Sports

New club polo team to compete on Saturday

At the beginning of the academic year, nine University of Richmond students -- seven women and two men -- joined the newly formed polo club. Since then, they have had to learn the rules of the game from scratch, spend every Saturday traveling to Charlottesville, Va., for four- to five-hour practices and meet for weekly strategy planning sessions. "It's a game that is not for the faint of heart," said Lorenza Marcin, the polo club's faculty adviser. And although the team lost during its first tournament of the season last Saturday, sophomore Bailey Smith, polo club president, was not deterred. "It was a great experience," Smith said of the first match.

Cameron Purves, No. 33, goalie, during the club hockey team's win over Loyola
Club Sports

Club hockey ends season at Blue Ridge Tournament

With the football team winning the school's first athletic national championship and the school weathering bad press for low turnout at basketball games, it has been easy for other athletic teams at the University of Richmond to fly under the radar. The Richmond men's club ice hockey team is one example. Founded in 2001, the team has been one of the most successful club teams at Richmond, winning four conference championships and four regular season championships. "We're a club team, but it takes a lot of time and effort," head coach Kevin Silver said.

Cameron Purves, No. 33, goalie, during the club hockey team's win over Loyola

Athletes advantage not unfair, university study says

A year-long study has found that early registration for student athletes hasn't created an unfair advantage, the chairman of the Faculty Athletic Council told the Richmond College Student Government Association Wednesday night. The council studied the issue after student athletes sought to receive early class registration privileges because of scheduling challenges, said Dan Palazzolo, chairman of the council.


Life before the steriods era

We can't quite say goodbye to cold weather yet, but it is time to say goodbye to the baseball offseason. The University of Richmond baseball team is beginning its season this weekend, and many Major League Baseball players have already arrived in Florida to start their spring training. But, as I've been preparing myself for the start of the 2009 baseball season, I've felt more nostalgia for old seasons than I have excitement for the one to come.


Baseball opens at home against Niagara Saturday

The University of Richmond's baseball team is looking forward to showing off its new scoreboard during its 33 home games this season. "Any time an opponent comes to Pitt they get our best effort," baseball coach Mark McQueen said. The Spiders open their season on Pitt Field against Niagara University with a double-header at 12 p.m.

Sophomore Brittani Shells (20)

Richmond flies past Dayton

Junior Nikita Thomas recorded a double-double to lead the University of Richmond women's basketball team to a 60-51 victory over the visiting University of Dayton. Thomas set a career-high with 16 rebounds and had 10 points.