W&L Swimming Teams Fall to Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams both fell to Mary Washington to open the 2009-10 season. The W&L men were defeated by a score of 146-116 and the women suffered a 180-82 setback.

The Generals (0-1 men, 0-1 women) claimed six event victories (five individual, one relay) to highlight the meet. On the men’s side, five different swimmers recorded individual victories for the Generals. Seniors Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) and Winston Stagg (Midlothia, Va./Governor’s School) each claimed victories in their events. Talluri took the 100 free with a time of 48.70, while Stagg touched first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:19.69. Sophomores Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) also claimed victories, with Washnock taking the 200 back (1:57.09) and Jeff Stirling claiming the 100 fly (53.29). First-year Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) rounded out the Generals’ victories, touching first in the 50 free with a time of 22.14.

For the women, the 400 free relay team of seniors Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School), sophomore Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep) and first-year Izzy Brassfield (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) touched in first with a time of 3:34.76. The Generals also added a pair of second-place finishes with first-year Brittany Ross (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) in the 200 fly (2:14.35) and Brassfield in the 50 free (25.89).

Both the men’s and women’s teams return to action tomorrow as they host Centre at the Cy Twombly Pool with a start time of 11:00 am.

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