Richmond, Va.— Head coach Matt Barany has announced the 2022-23 Richmond swimming and diving schedule, announced Tuesday.
The Spiders open the season at East Carolina on Oct. 8 before coming home for the Richmond Duals hosted by the Spiders on Oct. 21-22. The diving portion of the event will take place at the Robins Center Natatorium while swimming events will be held at SwimRVA just south of Richmond.
Nov. 4-5 finds Richmond at Queens University of Charlotte where it will meet with Marshall, Vanderbilt and Queens before the Patriot Invite hosted by George Mason Nov. 17-19 in Fairfax.
The Spiders will look to repeat as winners against James Madison on Dec. 3 in Harrisonburg. Last year, Richmond took down the Dukes in its lone home dual of the season, snapping a nearly 11-year dry spell against them.
December 18 brings up the College National Open Water Championships hosted by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCCA) at Florida International University and swam in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
Jan. 13 finds Villanova at the Robins Center Natatorium for the Spiders’ second and final home meet of the year while a trip to the Bronx to meet A-10 foes Fordham and La Salle is set for Jan. 21.
Richmond’s final dual meet of the season comes Jan. 27 when it travels to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy.
The following weekend will serve as a final tune-up before the championships season when the team takes on the UVA First Chance Meet in Charlottesville.
The Spiders will then be in Geneva, Oh. at SPIRE Institute for the Atlantic 10 Championships where last year’s team finished third. In total, the Spiders claimed two gold (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), two silver (100 free, 200 fly) and four bronze (400 medley relay, 200 free, 50 free, 800 free relay) medals at the championships. Kaitlyn Pennell, Sarah Greene, Abby Fuller spirit Lauren Medlin’s 200 medley relay time of 1:40.10 also came as a program record and all four are back in 2022-23.
Feb. 23-25 will be the ECAC Swimming & Diving Championships hosted back at Navy. Last year, the Spiders rewrote the ECAC record book at the meet when the 200 free relay of Abby Fuller, Lauren Medlin, Lucy Yeomans and Maggie Purcell opened the competition with a new meet record when the squad clocked a 1:31.87. Later in the finals, the Spiders won gold with a 1:31.58 to even further break their own newly-set record.
The Spiders then took gold and another ECAC Open Championships meet record with a 3:40.90 posting by Pennell, Greene, Claire O’Shaughnessy and Purcell in the 400 medley relay
The Spider diving contingency will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships when it takes on NCAA Diving Zones in Morgantown, W.Va. March 6-8.
March 9-11 is the NIC Championships in Elkgrove, Ind., again hosted by the CSCAA, and finally, the season culminates with the NCAA Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. March 15-18.
Last year, the Spiders set two program records, a freshman record and added 16 top-10 marks to the record book. The team will look to do that and more as it carries on a long-running tradition of success in 2022-23.