April 4, 2011

Nine W&L Men's Swimmers Honored by BMC

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's swimming team recently had nine swimmers named to the All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference Team following its third-place finish at the conference meet.

Among the swimmers honored were juniors Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook), Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Eiscopal), Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville), sophomores Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew's), Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), and first-years David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) and Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C./Asheville Christian Academy).

Stirling collected all-conference honors for the third time in his career. He led the Generals this season with all-conference honors in four events after competing in the 100 fly, 100 free, 200 free relay and 200 medley relay. He finished tied for fifth in the 100 fly with a time of 49.78, while taking sixth in the 100 free with a time of 46.73. His fifth-place time in the 100 fly was also the seventh-best time in the conference during the season, while his conference meet time in the 100 free was the 12th-best time amongst conference competitors for the year.

In the 200 free relay, Stirling was joined by Gehrs, Dexter and Sykes, swimming to a time of 1:23.29, good for third place. He was also a part of the 200 medley relay squad that finished third with a time of 1:32.83. Joining him on the 200 medley relay squad were Marsh, Sykes and Grattan.

In addition to his two relay honors, Sykes also collected individual all-conference accolades in the 50 free. He finished fourth in the event with a time of 20.77, a mark that stood as the fifth-best time in the conference for the season. 

Marsh also collected individual honors in the 100 back and 200 back after finishing fourth in both events with times of 51.87 and 1:53.49, respectively. Both times were also Top-10 season times in the BMC, with his 100 back time registering as the eighth-best time and 200 back as the sixth-best time.

The other multiple-event honoree was Washnock, taking accolades for the third-consecutive season after finishing fourth in the 400 IM (4:04.99) and second in the 200 back (1:50.18). His 200 back time was the second-best season time in the conference, while earlier in the season he posted the sixth-best season time in the 400 IM (4:04.85).

Individually, Ireland and Shuman earned all-conference honors in the 200 fly. Ireland finished fifth with a time of 1:52.20, while Shuman took sixth, touching in a time of 1:54.13. Both swimmers also posted Top-10 conference times in the event, with Ireland posting the seventh-best time (1:52.20) and Shuman the ninth-best (1:54.13). 

The Generals concluded their season with an 8-4 overall record. They finished in third place at the BMC Championships and qualified five swimmers for the NCAA National Championships.

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