KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island swimming & diving team travel to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio for the 25th Atlantic 10 Women's Swimming & Diving Championship meet. The meet starts Wednesday, Feb. 15 and goes until the last events on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Rhode Island at the Atlantic 10 Championship
- The Rams have competed in every women's Atlantic 10 Championship since its inception during the 1992-93 season.
- The first A-10 Championship meet took place Dec. 3-6, 1992 at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.
- Along with Rutgers University, the A-10 Championship has also taken place at the Flickinger Aquatics Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. and, currently, the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
- The highest team finish for Rhody came in the 2011-12 season when they finished fifth out of 10 teams. In that season's preseason poll, the Rams were picked to finish ninth.
- Rhode Island has finished in seventh place nine times over the last 25 years, the position in which they've finished the most. They have finished in sixth place six times, the second most.
- The A-10 Championship has been held at the SPIRE Institute since the 2012-13 season. In that time, Rhody has finished sixth, seventh, ninth and seventh, respectively.
- The Rams have had three swimmers in their history place first in events at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
- Christine Sleger was the first Ram to do so, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 1998 and again in 2000.
- Assistant coach Lilli Falconer won both the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys during the 2010 A-10 Championship when she was a swimmer for URI.
- The most recent to do so was Chaya Zabludoff, who won the 500-yard freestyle in 2013 and both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles in 2014.
- Only one Ram has been awarded with the Most Outstanding Performer award at the Atlantic 10 Championship, and it was Falconer at the 2010 meet.
- The University of Richmond has won the most A-10 titles with 14. Tied for second is West Virginia and St. Bonaventure with three apiece.
Last Time in the Pool
- Rhode Island, despite traveling a smaller roster due to injuries, defeated Bryant University at Bryant in its last regular-season meet, 138-123.
- The meet started strong for the Rams when Lauren Folkert, Carly DeLiberty, Bridget Whalen and Grace Kneller won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.10.
- Junior Sydney Williams went two-for-two in events, winning both the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.92) and the 1000-yard freestyle (10:38.29).
- Sophomore Nicole Petta continued to win when she took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.33).
- The two butterfly events were both won by Rams. Freshman Caitlin Guccione won the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:00.28 and senior Bridget Whalen took the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:11.97.
- Sophomore Grace Kneller won her only solo event of the day in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.68.
- Senior Lauren Folkert won her 11th solo event of the season with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:13.82.
- To cap the meet off, the team of Kneller, Whalen, DeLiberty and Eliza Anderson won the last event of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 1:38.80.
Records Set At the Atlantic 10 Championship
- 16 out of the 24 Rhode Island records were set at previous Atlantic 10 Championships, including all five relay records.
- At the 2010 A-10 Championship, Lilli Falconer set the school records in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.73) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:19.56).
- At the 2011 A-10 Championship, Falconer set the record in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.26).
- At the 2012 A-10 Championship, Susan Nugent set the record in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.70).
- At the 2013 A-10 Championship, Emily Thomesen set the school records in both the 100-yard backstroke (54.95) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.12). Chaya Zabludoff also set the record in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:12.00) in 2013.
- The 2014 event saw nine records fall: the 50-yard freestyle (Porshe' Ferrell, 23.31), the 200-yard freestyle (Chaya Zabludoff, 1:48.04), the 500-yard freestyle (Chaya Zabludoff, 4:48.37), the 1650-yard freestyle (Chaya Zabludoff, 16:58.02), the 100-yard butterfly (Colette Aubin, 55.61), the 400-yard medley relay (Emily Thomesen, Rachel Revolinski, Colette Aubin, Chaya Zabludoff, 3:46.32), the 200-yard freestyle relay (Porshe' Ferrell, Colette Aubin, Chaya Zabludoff, Sarah Keshishian, 1:34.64), the 400-yard freestyle relay (Porshe' Ferrell, Colette Aubin, Sarah Keshishian, Chaya Zabludoff, 3:26.19) and the 800-yard freestyle relay (Chaya Zabludoff, Porshe' Ferrell, Lauren Folkert, Sarah Keshishian, 7:25.47).
- At last year's meet, Nicole Petta set the record in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.88) and the team of Petta, Hannah Homans, Bridget Whalen and Porshe' Ferrell set the 200-yard medley relay record (1:42.35).
- The following current athletes set personal records at previous Atlantic 10 Championships:
- Sophomore Eliza Anderson in the 100-yard backstroke (59.49), the 50-yard freestyle (23.97) and the 100-yard freestyle (52.14);
- Sophomore Caitlyn Blake in the 100-yard butterfly (58.76), the 50-yard freestyle (24.99) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.16);
- Senior Carly DeLiberty in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.94), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.61) and the 50-yard freestyle (24.25);
- Senior Porshe' Ferrell in the 50-yard freestyle (23.49) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.30);
- Senior Lauren Folkert in the 100-yard backstroke (57.01), the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.92) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.62);
- Junior Hannah Homans in the 50-yard freestyle (24.57);
- Sophomore Grace Kneller in the 50-yard freestyle (24.37) and the 100-yard freestyle (52.64);
- Senior Kenna Melkonian in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.00);
- And sophomore Nicole Petta in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.88), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.06) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.74).
Live Stream Swimming
- The A-10 Women's Swimming & Diving Championship will be streamed live throughout the week. View the video by clicking here.
Meet Expectations from Coach Mick Westkott
"The team has trained well leading up to A-10's. They have developed a very strong bond. We have had some injury issues throughout the season. Yet, this team has persevered and is still racing and still competing, which is a huge credit to them."