FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team improved to 2-0 on the season after recording a 170-92 triumph over the University of Mary Washington on Friday evening in Fredericksburg.
Leading the way for the Generals was senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), who finished first in the 100 free (48.04) and 100 fly (52.06), while also swimming the final leg for the top-finishing 200 free relay (1:25.70). Stirling was joined on the 200 free relay by juniors Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew's), and sophomore Robert Knuth (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate).
In addition to swimming on the winning 200 free relay, Sykes finished first in the 50 free with a time of 21.56.
Also recording two top finishes on the day was senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) with a time of 1:56.70 in the 200 back and 2:01.18 in the 200 IM.
Other top finishers for W&L at the meet were first-year Alex Hampel (Middletown, Del./Salesianum) in the 1000 free (10:12.39), junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum) in the 100 back (54.51), and sophomores David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) in the 100 breast (59.59) and Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C./Asheville Christian Academy) in the 500 free (5:00.32).
W&L returns to action next Saturday, hosting Transylvania for an 11:00 am meet.