November 19, 2011

W&L Men's Swimming Downs Allegheny & Rochester

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team posted a 2-1 record in meets with Carnegie Mellon, Rochester and Allegheny on Saturday afternoon at CMU's University Center.

The Generals (6-3) defeated Rochester (173.5-88.5) and Allegheny (166-96), but fell to Carnegie Mellon in a close one, 132.5-129.5.

Washington and Lee took both relays at the meet, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:36.32 and posting a time of 3:11.97 to win the 400 free relay. 

Junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) led off the 200 medley relay and was followed by sophomore David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood), senior Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley). 

Sykes then led off the 400 free relay squad and was joined by senior Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), junior Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew's) and senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery). 

Individually, Ireland won the 200 breast (2:11.00) and finished second in the 100 breast (1:00.07), while Sykes won the 50 free with a time of 21.01.  Sykes also finished third in the 100 free with a time of 47.84.

Brian Stirling added second place finishes in the 200 free (1:45.41), the 100 free (47.61) and the 100 fly (51.13), and senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) also finished second in the 200 back (1:56.05) and the 200 IM (1:59.54).  Additionally, Marsh touched second in the 100 back with a time of 53.77.

Washington and Lee will return to action on December 2-3 as it competes in the Gettysburg Invitational.  Action begins on Friday at 7:00 pm.

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