GENEVA, Ohio – Rhode Island had its strongest day of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship Friday, more than doubling its team score on the third day of competition.
Rhode Island junior Nicole Petta placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke, giving the Rams their best individual performance thus far at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship.
In a tight three-way race, Petta was edged by Massachusetts junior Ansley Baker. Baker won the race in 1:01.57, with Petta touching the wall just .3 seconds behind. Duquesne junior Abby Stauffer was third, just .11 seconds behind Petta. Rhode Island picked up 17 team points in the event.
Sophomore Caitlin Guccione placed sixth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.80, just .27 seconds behind St. Bonaventure's Mia Cote. Anheli Kutsko from St. Bonaventure won the event in 53.61 seconds. Guccione scored 13 team points with her performance.
In the 100-yard backstroke, senior Hannah Homans placed 12th overall, adding five points to Rhode Island's score.
Rhode Island's contingent in the 400-yard medley relay placed ninth. Homans, Petta, Guccione and Mackenna Dunn finished with a time of 3:47.94 to give the Rams 18 more points.
The Rams remain in 11 th place in the team standings, just 1.5 points behind Davidson. Richmond (401) and Duquesne (400) are separated by one point at the top of the standings heading into the final day.
200-Yard Backstroke – Hannah Homans, Emma Grace Pecha
100-Yard Freestyle – Grace Kneller, Eliza Anderson, Mackenna Dunn, Kelly Blake, Maddie Horner, Kendra Graham, Sabrina Anderson, Caitlyn Blake
200-Yard Breaststroke – Nicole Petta, Brooke Kelley, Cassidy Fries, Rebecca Younts, Kendra Graham
200-Yard Butterfly – Caitlin Guccione
3-Meter Diving – Katy Evans, Cameron Murray
1650-Yard Freestyle – Sydney Williams, Sabrina Anderson, Cara Megill
Team Standings (through Day Three)
1. Richmond – 401
2. Duquesne – 400
3. George Washington – 295.5
4. St. Bonaventure – 284
5. Fordham – 281.5
6. Massachusetts – 214.5
7. George Mason – 165
8. Saint Louis – 145
9. La Salle – 119
10. Davidson – 105.5
11. Rhode Island – 104
Rams Turn in Best Performance of 2018 A10 Championships on Day Three