April 19, 2010

Three W&L Men's Swimmers Named to All-BMC Squad

LEXINGTON, Va. – Three members of the Washington and Lee men’s swimming team have been named to the Bluegrass Mountain Conference all-conference team.

Senior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) and sophomores Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) and Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) were all named to the squad after helping lead the Generals to a fourth-place finish at the conference championship event.

Stagg was named to the squad for the third time in his career after finishing sixth in the 400 IM during the conference championships (4:15.17). He swam the event two other times during the season, finishing ninth at the University of Virginia Invitational (4:17.06) and sixth in a dual meet against Johns Hopkins (4:15.18).

Washnock claimed the conference honor for the second-straight year, boasting top performances in the 200 back and 400 IM. He swam the 200 back at eight meets during the season, capturing four event victories and never finishing lower than fifth place. He took third place at the BMC Championships with a time of 1:50.13, which advanced him to the NCAA Division III Championships, where he finished 14th and earned honorable-mention All-America honors. Washnock finished second at the conference championship in the 400 IM with a time of 4:02.66 and also swam the event at the Division III Championships where he finished 17th in the preliminaries, narrowly missing the finals. He swam the 400 IM on four occasions during the season, never finishing lower than fifth place while collecting three top-three finishes.

Stirling was also named to the all-conference squad for the second time in two seasons.  He garnered the award for the 100 free and 100 fly events. He finished third at the conference championships in the 100 fly (50.36) and also claimed one event victory on the season, never finishing lower than fifth place while swimming the event on six occasions. Stirling took fifth place in the 100 free with a time of 46.40 at the conference meet. He swam the event six times, capturing a Top 10 finish in each outing.

The Washington and Lee men’s swim team concluded its season with an 8-4 overall record, while finishing fourth of 13 teams at the BMC Championship.

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