November 5, 2011

W&L Men's Swimming Goes 1-2 in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team competed in a four-team meet on Friday and Saturday at the Mecklenburg Aquatics Center.  The Generals posted a 203-110 win over Catawba, but fell to both Wingate (230-85) and Queens (201-114).

Individually for the Generals (4-2), sophomore David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) produced the highest finish when he touched second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.77.  Ireland also placed fourth in the 100 breast (1:01.15) and he competed on the 200 (1:36.55) and 400 (3:35.91) medley relay teams that placed third and fourth, respectively.  He was joined on the 200 medley relay team by junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School), senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley).  Marsh, Brian Stirling and senior Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) all competed on the 400 medley relay squad.

Brian Stirling added a third-place finish in the 100 fly (51.31) and a fifth-place finish in the 100 free (48.07), and also competed on the 200 (1:25.99) and 400 (3:14.63) free relay teams that finished in third- and fifth-place, respectively.  Sykes, sophomore Robert Knuth (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) and junior Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew's) joined Stirling on the 200 free relay team, while Gehrs, senior Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) and Sykes also participated on the 400 free relay squad.

Sykes added a third-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 21.53, while Jeff Stirling placed fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 51.97.

Senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) finished third in the 400 IM (4:15.26) and was fifth in both the 200 IM (2:01.74) and 200 breast (2:20.36) events.

Sophomores Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C./Asheville Christian Academy) and Matt Hesser (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) rounded out the Generals' top performances across the two-day meet.  Shuman finished fourth in the 200 fly (1:59.89) and Hesser placed fourth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:17.61.

Washington and Lee will return to action on November 19 when it travels to Carnegie Mellon for a double-dual with the host Tartans and Allegheny.  Action begins at 11:30 am.

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