The University of Richmond women's swim and dive team will host its second home meet of the season against James Madison University at 4 p.m.
The University of Richmond women's swim team came back from 10th place after day one to finish second at the Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., last week. After Wednesday's events, the team found itself in last place, but the scores from the next day were high enough to boost the team into second place. "At no point did we ever give up," coach Matt Barany said. The preseaon poll predicted that Richmond would place second to Fordham University, and senior Katie Sieben said that the ranking motivated the team to work even harder. The relay races were also more competitive than ever this year.
The days after Lauren Beaudreau's disappointing performance at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials last summer were some of the grimmest in her 15-year career. After making the NCAA championships as a freshman and sophomore, she entered junior year on the heels of lackluster summer training.
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.
The University of Richmond's swimming and diving team and women's basketball team don't usually share many similarities, but this year they share something rare. After welcoming their freshmen last fall, both teams have become more like family with a pair of sisters on each of their rosters.
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.
Head coach Matt Barany has ensured the women's swimming and diving team won't be competing against any Atlantic 10 Conference teams until the championship so the team can compete against teams ranked higher. So, do the Spiders get discouraged swimming against superior teams all season? Barany said the Spiders weren't the disheartened ones. "It's discouraging for the rest of the A-10 because they only see us once a year." And for the past seven years, that one sighting has proved ineffective in conquering the Spiders, who have taken home the A-10 trophy every year since 2002. "We really don't talk about [our record] that much," said Barany, who has been coaching the swim team for four years.
The University of Richmond women's swimming and diving team will begin its season tomorrow with a meet at Pennsylvania State University. The meet is the first of seven meets the Spiders will compete in this season before the Atlantic-10 Championship begins in February.