BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Rick Sykes' (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) B-cut qualifying time of 20.72 seconds in the 50 free highlighted the Washington and Lee men's swimming team's performances as they finished Day 1 of the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday.
The time by Sykes is a season-best for 2011-12.
Several other W&L athletes competed today, including two top-team finishes from senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) in the 200 free (1:46.23) and the 100 fly (51.34). Stirling also finished right behind Sykes in the 50 free clocking in at 21.61.
In the 400 IM, senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) recorded a time of 4:10.81 to take the top-time for the Generals. Junior Wayde Marsh swam the 100 back in 53.94 seconds, and senior Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) finished the 100 breast in 1:02.77. First year Chase Flint (Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) rounded out the team leaders with his performance of 5:00.35 in the 500 free.
The Generals continue their second day of competition at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Sunday, with preliminary rounds beginning at 10:00 am.