GENEVA, Ohio – Rhode Island moved up a spot in the team standings on the final day of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, placing 10th out of 11 teams in the team standings.
After finding itself in 11th at the end of each of the first three days of competition, Rhody surged past Davidson Saturday. The Rams finished with 162 points, well ahead of the Wildcats, who ended with 129.5 points. Duquesne took the team title with 567 points, edging Richmond (558) in what was essentially a team-two competition at the top of the standings.
Rhode Island junior Nicole Petta continued her strong showing at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke. It was her second top-three finish in as many days, following her second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday. Petta broke school the school record in both events, setting a new mark in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.67) on Saturday after setting a record in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.87) on Friday Saturday. Both marks qualified Petta for NCAA B cuts.
Petta, Richmond's Erin Barry and Duquesne's Abby Stauffer all finished within one second of each other at the wall. Petta's record setting time came during the qualifying heats.
Sophomore Caitlin Guccione added to Rhode Island's team score with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Her showing provided the Rams with 15 points. Like Petta, Guccione set a program record in the event during qualifying, posting a time of 2:03.63.
Senior Sydney Williams placed eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle race to score 11 team points for the Rams.
Rhody's scoring wrapped up with a 10th place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Mackenna Dunn, freshman Kelly Blake sophomore Maddie Horner and junior Grace Kneller chipped in with 12 points for the Rams.
Team Standings (through Day Two)
1. Duquesne – 567
2. Richmond – 558
3. George Washington – 447.5
4. Fordham – 432.5
5. St. Bonaventure – 420
6. Massachusetts – 355.5
7. George Mason – 258
8. Saint Louis – 205
9. La Salle – 190
10. Rhode Island – 162
10. Davidson – 129.5