W&L Men's Swimming Finishes 10th at BMC Championships

W&L Men's Swimming Finishes 10th at BMC Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team wrapped up competition at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Sunday, recording 398 points to finish 10th. 

Wingate claimed the BGMC title with 1394.5 points. Queens University of Charlotte took second with 1349.5 points, Johns Hopkins finished third with 915.5 points, Limestone registered 741 points for fourth and Scad wrapped up the top five with 539 points. Carson-Newman (495), Catawba (478.5), Pfeiffer (470), Fairmont State (407), W&L, Randolph-Macon (279), West Virginia Wesleyan (246), Lenoir Rhyne (173) and Davis & Elkins (173) rounded out the team results.

Senior Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C. / Asheville Christian Academy) and sophomore William Fries (Kirkwood, Mo. / Kirkwood) took home the highest individual placing's for the Generals. Fries placed 11th in the 1650 free in a time of 16:44.61, while Shuman placed 11th in the 200 fly, clocking in at 1:55.48. 

First-year James Hayes (Chattanooga, Tenn. / McCallie School) took home 15th place in the 1650 free in time of 17:21.83 and senior Matthew Hesser (Midlothian, Va. / Governor's School) placed 18th in the 200 back, touching the wall in 1:54.86. Senior David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio / Oakwood) led two Generals in the 200 breast, finishing in 15th place (2:07.72), while first-years Trenten Babcock (Belmont, Mich. / Rockford) placed 17th (2:07.18) and Christopher Myers (Essex, Conn. / Valley Regional) took home 24th place (1:55.63).

First-year Thomas Ferguson (Midlothian, Va. / Trinity Episcopal) finished just behind Shuman in the 200 fly, placing 12th in a time of 1:55.63, while first-year Nelson Helm (Salem, Va. / Salem) placed 23rd in a time of 2:01.05. 

The 400 free relay featuring first-years Jake Burns (Greensboro, N.C. / Greensboro Day), Mat Kiser (Dunwoody, Ga. / Dunwoody), Harris Pritchard (Houston, Texas / Memorial) and John Womack (Glendale, Ariz. / Glendale Preparatory Academy) placed 11th, touching the wall in 3:10.33.

With the conclusion of this event, the Generals have completed their regular season. 

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