SHENANDOAH, Texas – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team kicked off competition at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships with two All-America performances on Wednesday evening at the Conroe ISD Natatorium.
Senior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) was the only General to compete as an individual on the day. After registering a career-best 19.96 in the 50 free preliminary round, he notched a time of 20.06 in the finals to earn All-America honors with a fourth-place finish overall.
Sykes then teamed up with senior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School), junior David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) and first-year Brennan Haley (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) to touch the wall in a school-record time of 1:31.82 in the 200 medley relay for 12th place. All four athletes also garnered Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
The Generals currently sit in 11th place in the team standings with 25 points after day one. Kenyon leads all teams with 110 points, Denison is second with 89 points and MIT is claiming third with 88 points. Johns Hopkins (72), Emory (67), Redlands (49), UW-Stevens Point (38), Stevens (37), St. Olaf (33) and The College of New Jersey (31) round out the top 10.
W&L returns to action on Thursday for day two of competition at the NCAA Championships. The preliminary rounds are set to begin at 11:00 am.
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