November 7, 2009

W&L Men's Swimming Posts Pair of Victories

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team, on the strength of three runner-up finishes in the relay events, defeated Catawba and Rollins while falling to Wingate on Saturday afternoon in a two-day dual meet at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

The Generals defeated Catawba, 248-65, felled Rollins 238-77 and lost to Wingate, 220-95. With the pair of victories, W&L now stands at 4-2 on the season.

W&L had three relay teams record runner-up finishes in three different races to lead the way. The 200 free relay team of seniors Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy), Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee), sophomore Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) and first-year Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) grabbed second place in a time of 1:27.53.

Talluri was joined by senior Ian Childers (Ona, W. Va./Greater Latrobe) and sophomores Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) in capturing second place in the 400 medley relay with a mark of 3:39.10.

The Generals’ final runner-up relay was the 200 medley relay team of Barnds, senior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School), sophomore Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and first-year Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School), which recorded a time of 1:39.66.

Among the individual highlights, was the Generals’ 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 fly. Junior Brandon Wilder (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk) led the charge with a time of 2:00.21 and was followed by senior Josh Gonzalez (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) with a time of 2:00.69, sophomore Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) in 2:02.02 and Stagg with a mark of 2:02.41.

Washnock added a second-place finish in the 100 back (54.99), Childers took second in the 200 breast (2:16.19) and Brian Stirling and Jeff Stirling went second-third in the 100 fly with times of 53.32 and 53.33, respectively.

The Generals return to the pool on Nov. 21 when they take on Carnegie Mellon and Rochester in Pittsburgh, Pa. Meet time is set for 11:00 am.

--GENERALS--