Dukes Tabbed Second in A-10 Preseason Poll
Sept. 26, 2017

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Duquesne women's swimming and diving team was picked to finish second at the 2017-18 Atlantic 10 Championship, conference officials announced today. 

Seven-time defending A-10 champion Richmond was selected as the favorite, followed by the Dukes second, Fordham third, Massachusetts fourth and George Washington fifth. 

Duquesne is coming off a second-place showing at the 2016-17 championship meet, tallying a school-record 498.5 points. Head coach David Sheets and the Dukes have posted runner-up finishes in each of the last two seasons. 

Duquesne reinstated diving for the upcoming season, marking the first year of competition since the 2000-01 season. Charlie Hauser, a former diving standout at the University of Pittsburgh and head diving coach at Chatham, was selected to lead the Dukes program. 

Duquesne opens the 2017-18 campaign with their annual Pentathlon/Alumni Meet on Oct. 6 before traveling to the Richmond Duals on Oct. 20-21. The Dukes will face off with A-10 foes Davidson and Richmond at the duals. 

2017-18 A-10 Women's Swimming & Diving Preseason Poll
(number in parentheses denotes first-place votes)

1. Richmond (9)
2. Duquesne
3. Fordham (2)
4. Massachusetts
5. George Washington
6. George Mason
7. St. Bonaventure
8. Davidson
9. Saint Louis 
10. Rhode Island
11. La Salle




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