'Stunned': University of Richmond Mourns Staffers on Hot Air Balloon
Hot air balloons are seen at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Va., on May 9. A balloon that took off with at least three people on board caught fire and crashed Friday evening at Meadow Event Park. Jim Cox / Jim Cox
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In a statement, President Edward L. Ayers said the two women were beloved by the community.
"Their leadership and friendship will endure in the lives of so many," Ayers said.
"Words cannot begin to express our sorrow," said Keith Gill, director of athletics. "We are all stunned by the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their loved ones."
Lewis graduated from the University of Richmond in 2011. While enrolled, she was a four-year varsity letterwinner and two-time captain of the swim team. She joined the school's athletics program in 2012.
Doyle served on the Spiders' staff for 16 years and helped guide the team to nine winning seasons, the university statement said. As a student-athlete, she was a two-time all-conference player.