W&L Men's Swimming Posts NCAA-Qualifying Performances at BMC Championships
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four NCAA B-cut performances highlighted day two for the Washington and Lee men's swimming team at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Thursday at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club.
Senior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) took second place in the 50 free in a time of 20.48 seconds to lead the Generals, and Christopher Washnock (Greeg, S.C./Greenville) placed sixth in the 200 IM, clocking in at 1:53.91.
Two relays also made the NCAA B-cut mark, including the 200 free relay consisting of Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), and seniors Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook), Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) finishing fourth timing in at 1:22.75. Sykes and Brian teamed up with junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) and sophomore David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) to take fourth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:24.15.
Washnock's time in the 200 IM and the relay's performance both set new school records in their respective event.
After the completion of day two, W&L has risen to fourth in the standings, with 94.5 total points. Wingate leads the pack of 14, recording 278 points over two days. Queens University of Charlotte is second with 202 points and Johns Hopkins rounds out the Top 3, posting a score of 174.5 points. W&L falls next, and Catawba (93), Fairmont State (72), Limestone (71), Scad (67), West Virginia Wesleyan College (44), Lenoir Rhyne (36), Pfeiffer (32), Randolph-Macon (29), Transylvania (22) and Davis and Elkins (6) wraps up the team rankings.
In the 50 free, Dexter posted a time of 21.05 to take 12th place. Supporting Washnock in the 200 IM, senior Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) finished 14th, timing in at 1:57.13. First-year Chase Flint (Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) touched 16th in the 500 free in a time of 4:46.95.
The Generals return to action on Friday when they compete in day three of the BMC Championships, with preliminary heats beginning at 10:00 am.