W&L Men's Swimming Downs Catholic and Marymount

W&L Men's Swimming Downs Catholic and Marymount

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men's swim team turned in a dominant performance in posting a pair of dual meet wins on Saturday afternoon at Marymount University. 

W&L defeated Catholic University, 134-112, and best Marymount University, 155-62, to improve its dual-meet record to 8-2 on the season.

The Generals began the day with a win in the 200 medley relay, as junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum), sophomore David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood), senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and sophomore Justin Meyers (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) teamed up to touch first in 1:38.90.

Meyers added a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:50.34) and was followed by first-year Chase Flint (Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), who finished in third place with a time of 1:50.90.

W&L added a 1-3 finish in the 1000 free, as first-year Alex Cram (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) and senior Ben Absher (Knoxville, Tenn./Christian Academy) took first and third in 10:20.36 and 10:27.96, respectively.

Sophomore Robert Knuth (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) and junior Will Ericson (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) finished first and second in the 100 back in 56.61 and 58.35, respectively, as did sophomore Philip Dishuck (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Holy Spirit) and senior Brad Harder (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) in the 100 breast with times of 1:04.13 and 1:04.31.

The Generals also took the top two spots in the 100 free as Sykes (1st, 48.39) and Knuth (2nd, 49.18) claimed the Top 2 spots. Seniors Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) and Frank Cullo (Sewickley, Pa./Central Catholic) placed first and second in the 200 fly with times of 1:59.69 and 2:10.54, respectively. 

Senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) claimed a pair of top times on the day, touching first in the 200 back (1:57.68) and the 400 individual medley (4:15.17). Finally, the 200 free relay team of Sykes, Brian Stirling, senior Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Knuth recorded the fastest time with a mark of 1:26.05. 

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when its hosts Johns Hopkins at 11:00 am.