LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men scored big in the meet against VMI and Ferrum, defeating both teams. The men took down Ferrum 202-2 and defeated the Keydets 155-101.
Seniors Matthew Hesser (Midlothian, Va. / Governor's School) and David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio / Oakwood) teamed up with first-year Thomas Ferguson (Midlothian, Va. / Trinity Episcopal) and Jake Burns (Greensboro, N.C. / Greensboro Day) to take the first event of the day. They finished first in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:38.25.
Sophomore William Fries (Kirkwood, Mo. / Kirkwood) continued the scoring for the Generals, finishing first in the 1000 free in a time of 10:19.03.
W&L picked up another first-place finish when sophomore Matt Kiser (Dunwoody, Ga. / Dunwoody) touched the wall first in the 200 free (1:49.65). The Generals increased their point total when the men swept the 100 breast. Ireland led the way, finishing first in a time of 1:01.27, while first-year Christopher Myers (Essex, Conn. / Valley Regional) and sophomore Wesley Sigmon (Raleigh, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons) placed second and third, with times of 1:04.06 and 1:04.37.
Senior Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C. / Asheville Christian Academy) picked up another first-place finish for the Generals, touching the wall in 2:02.57 in the 200 fly, while first-year John Womack (Glendale, Ariz. / Glendale Preparatory Academy) placed first in the 100 free in a time of 48.85.
Ireland notched his second individual win of the day by placing first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:13.48. First-years Trenten Babcock (Belmont, Mich. / Rockford) and Myers finished second and third, with times of 2:18.17 and 2:21.58.
Fries also picked up a second individual win, clocking in at 4:57.69 to finish first in the 500 free. Ireland wasn't done for the day, as he tallied his third win with a first-place spot in the 100 fly (53.48).
The Generals will return to the pool when they travel to IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimming Championships on February 12-15.
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