November 10, 2010

W&L Men's Swimming Ranked 14th in CSCAA/collegeswimming.com Poll

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team is currently ranked 14th in the nation in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)/CollegeSwimming.com Men's Division III Swimming Dual Meet Poll, released on Wednesday afternoon.

Kenyon topped the men's poll, collecting 425 points, and was followed by Denison (399), Emory (347), Kalamazoo (292), Johns Hopkins (290), Washington Univeristy (267), Stevens Institute (233), MIT (214), Williams (196) and Amherst (194) in the Top 10. The remaining squads in the Top 15 include TCNJ (177), DePauw (158), Carnegie Mellon (154), Washington and Lee (143) and Hope (140).

W&L is 2-1 overall this year, defeating Mary Washington (141-121) and Transylvania (169-91) earlier in the season, while falling to Garnder-Webb, 114-86, last weekend in Lexington. The Generals also took part in the Centre College Invitational, finishing second out of four teams on Oct. 30.

Three Generals' swimmers find themselves ranked in the Top 10 times nationally in their respective events, led by sophomore Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), who ranks second in the 50 free with a time of 21.17. Sykes is joined by junior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville), who is seventh nationally in the 200 back (1:56.75) and eighth in the 400 IM (4:17.94), and first-year David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) who is seventh in the 200 fly with a time of 1:56.20.

On the women's side, Emory University topped the poll after receiving 375 votes. The W&L women were not ranked, but did receive 16 votes.

W&L returns to action on Saturday as it hosts Wingate and Queens (N.C.) at 2:00 pm at Cy Twombly Pool.

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