RITTER AND GINDER CONCLUDE COMPETITION AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and freshman Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) both earned Honorable Mention All-America honors on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Swim Championships held at Principia College.

Ritter, seeded 16th in the 200-Back, clocked a 1:52.56 for 13th-place. Ginder was also seeded 16th in the 100-Free and touched the wall in 46.72 for a 14th-place finish.

With today’s competition, Ritter and Ginder conclude their participation in the 2004 NCAA Championships.

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TWO RECORDS FALL AS RITTER AND GINDER NAMED ALL-AMERICA

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and freshman Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) both earned All-America honors on Friday at the NCAA Division III Swim Championships held at Principia College.

Ritter, seeded seventh in the 100-Back after setting a school record in the morning preliminaries with a 51.32 clocking, touched the wall in 51.07 in the finals to finish seventh and earn All-America recognition for the third straight season.

Ginder, seeded fifth in the 200-Free after the morning preliminaries, finished fourth in the finals with a school record time of 1:41.13 to earn All-America honors in his first season as a General.

On Thursday Ritter placed 45th in the 50-Free preliminaries with a time of 21.68 and Ginder placed 32nd in the 500-Free preliminaries with a time of 4:43.50.

Both swimmers return to action tomorrow as Ritter competes in the 200-Back and Ginder competes in the 100-Free.

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING WINS 11TH ODAC TITLE

RADFORD, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team captured the ODAC/Atlantic States Championships, held at Radford University.

The Generals, who won their 11th-straight ODAC crown, compiled 557 points to best second-place Randolph-Macon (520) by just 37 points. The Yellow Jackets were followed by Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (336), Hollins (189) and Sweet Briar (180).

In Atlantic States competition, Head Coach Kiki Jacobs was named Coach of the Year after W&L compiled a meet-high 692 points. The Generals were trailed by Randolph-Macon (630), Agnes Scott (425), Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (389), College of Notre Dame (247), Mary Baldwin (221), Sweet Briar (203), Greensboro (200), Hollins (160) and Appalachian State (69).

Leading the way in the third and final day of competition was senior Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) and sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). Kimble took top honors in the 1650 Free with a time of 19:05.85, while Holda touched the wall second in the 100 Free with a time of 54.86.

Sophomore Keturah Akida (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln) finished third in the 200 Back (2:21.77), while freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) rounded out the Generals’ top place-winners with a third-place time of 2:36.54 in the 200 Breast.

In the meet finale, Kimble, Holda, junior Suzie LaFleur (Natick, Mass./Montrose) and freshman Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) combined for second place in the 400 Free Relay (3:47.58).

Washington and Lee finished its season with a 7-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in ODAC action.

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING LEADS AFTER DAY TWO AT ODAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

RADFORD, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team remained in first place following day two of the ODAC/Atlantic States Swimming Championships, held at Radford University.

In Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action, the Generals (371) lead second-place Randolph-Macon (368) by three points. In Atlantic States competition, W&L (466) leads second-place Randolph-Macon (446) by 20 points.

Leading the way for the Generals in day two was senior Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) and sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville). Kimble placed second in the 400 I.M. with a time of 4:57.84, while Holda placed second in the 200 Free with a time of 2:00.25.

In relay action, Holda joined sophomore Keturah Akida (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln), sophomore Beth Sauer (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) and freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) for second place in the 200 Medley Relay (1:55.56). Kimble joined senior Jackie Green (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass), junior Laura Westerman (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and freshman Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) for second in the 800 Free Relay (8:31.75).

Akida rounded out the Generals’ leading place-winners with a second-place showing in the 100 Back (1:02.75).

The Generals return to action on Sunday for day three of the ODAC/Atlantic States Championships.

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING AT ODAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

RADFORD, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team stands in first place after day one of the ODAC/Atlantic States Swimming Championships, held at Radford University.

Leading the way for the Generals in day one was senior Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School), who took second in the 500 Free with a career-best 5:32.54 clocking.

Freshman Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) finished third in the 500 Free (5:38.21), while teaming with junior Suzie LaFleur (Natick, Mass./Montrose), freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) and sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) for third place in the 200 Free Relay (1:43.28).

Sauter took third in the 200 I.M. (2:20.60), while joining with Holda, sophomore Beth Sauer (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) and sophomore Keturah Akida (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln) for a second-place showing in the 400 Medley Relay (4:14.32).

Holda rounded out the Generals’ top finishers, taking fourth place in the 50 Free with a time of 25.61.
The Generals return to action on Saturday for day two of the ODAC/Atlantic States Championships.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING WINS BLUEGRASS CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Freshman Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) was named co-swimmer of the meet and Head Coach Joel Shinofield was named Coach of the Year as the Washington and Lee men’s swimming team took top honors at the Bluegrass Mountain Championships held at the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium on Saturday.

Washington and Lee concluded the three-day meet with 567 team points, two event champions and a school record in the 200 Medley Relay. The Generals were followed by Cumberland (483.5), Salem International (469), West Virginia Wesleyan (444), Fairmont (331), Wheeling Jesuit (321), Rollins (316), Transylvania (275), Randolph-Macon (119), Savannah Art & Design (104), University of Charleston (36.5) and Asbury (11).

Ginder won the 100 Free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 46.42, while senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) claimed top honors in the 200 back with a pool-record, meet-record and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:52.92.

After winning the 200 Medley Relay (1:36.90) on day-two of the championships, Ginder, Ritter, freshman Ben Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) and senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Academy) swam the event again as a time-trial in pursuit of a national qualifying time. The Generals fell short of qualifying, but bested the school record of 1:36.59 with a time of 1:36.12.

Sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and junior Chris Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) were also among the W&L leaders. Barrineau took third in the 1650 Free (16:54.07), while Colby touched the wall third in the 200 Fly (1:56.59).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sat., Feb. 28 when it travels to the Indiana (Pa.) Last Chance Meet.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING LEADS AFTER DAY TWO OF BLUEGRASS CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team leads following the second day of competition at the Bluegrass Mountain Championships.

The Generals claim 389 points and lead the second place team, Salem International, by 56 points. West Virginia Wesleyan is in third place (331), followed by Cumberland College (304.5) and Wheeling Jesuit (236).

Leading the way for the Generals was freshman Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal), who won the 200 freestyle event with a school-record and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:41.61. Ginder’s time beat the former record of 1:42.18 held by Chip Nordhoff since 1990. Ginder was also part of the 200 medley relay team which also touched the fall first (1:36.90). Ginder was joined on the team by senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), freshman Ben Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) and senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Academy). Ritter also claimed the title in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.20.

Sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) added a third, first-place finish for the Generals on the day, winning the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:48.54. Freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) placed third in the 400 IM (4:14.14) and junior Chris Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) touched the wall third in the 100 butterfly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 51.84.

The Generals return to action again on Saturday in the third day of competition at the Bluegrass Championships.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING IN ACTION AT FIRST DAY OF BGMC

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team took top honors in the 400 Medley Relay as the Generals competed in the first day of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship on Thursday, at the Ellen Shapiro Natatorium.

Senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), freshman Benjamin Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead), senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Academy) and freshmen Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) combined for a 3:30.66, missing the program record by .48 (3:30.18).

Ritter, Ginder and Accinelli also teamed up with sophomore Reed Evans (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) in the 200 Free Relay, placing second with a time of 1:26.90.

Ginder emerged as W&L’s highest individual placewinner, taking second place in the 50 Free with a time of 21.56. Ritter also took third in the 50 Free (21.63), while Evans finished eighth (22.77) and Catanese touched the wall in eleventh (22.80).

Freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) was also among the Generals’ leaders after he took the third position in the 200 I.M. with a time of 1:57.76. Sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and senior Paul Laraia (Houston, Texas/Memorial) rounded out the W&L top finishers with fifth (4:50.40) and eighth (5:04.96), respectively, in the 500 Free.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday for day two of the three day Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships.

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W&L SWIMMING SWEEPS MARYMOUNT

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team captured seven individual events as the Generals defeated Marymount, 117-60, on Saturday afternoon at the Cy Twombly Pool. On the women’s side the Generals defeated the Saints, 106-97.

Senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) emerged as the top finisher in the 200 Back (1:53.79), but his performance in the winning 400 Medley Relay (3:41.58) was the highlight of the day. Leading off the relay with the 100 Back leg, Ritter set a pool record with an A-cut time of 51.38. He joins Tim Stanford (‘86) as the only two Generals to hold records in Cy Twombly Memorial Pool.

Sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and freshmen Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) led all Generals with a pair of individual first-place finishes each. Barrineau won the 500 Free (5:08.74) and the 1000 Free (10:35.09), while Ginder took top honors in the 200 Free (1:46.02) and the 100 Free (49.21).

Junior Christopher Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) and freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) also won events for W&L. Colby won the 200 Fly (1:57.81) and Hayes touched the wall first in the 400 IM (4:25.79).

For the women, seniors Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro) and Jackie Green (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass), sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) each won an event for the Generals. Kimble won the 1000 Free (11:42.19), Green was first in the 200 Fly (2:28.12), Holda won the 200 Free (2:03.42) and Sauter took top honors in the 200 Breast (2:38.42).

The W&L men’s team returns to action on Feb. 13 at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. The W&L women return to the pool on Feb. 20 when they travel to Radford for the ODAC Championships.

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W&L SWIMMING SPLITS AT GETTYSBURG

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team won 10 events as the Generals defeated Gettysburg, 126-79, on Sunday afternoon. On the women’s side W&L fell to the Bullets, 146-30.

On the men’s side, senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and freshmen Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) each won two individual events and broke a pool record to help Washington & Lee remain undefeated this season.

Ritter touched the wall first in the 100 Back with a record time of 53.62, while Ginder’s time in the 200 Free reset the pool best at 1:45.73. Ginder also won the 100 free (48.85) and Ritter won the 50 free (22.00).

Sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) also won a pair of individual events on the day with top finishes in the 1000 Free (10:22.16) and 500 Free (5:00.96), while junior Christopher Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) and freshman Benjamin Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) recorded single event wins. Colby won the 100 Fly (53.74) and Accinelli took top honors in the 100 Breast (1:05.23).

Accinelli combined with freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Academy and sophomore Reed Evans (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) for a first-place time of 1:42.45 in the 200 Medley Relay, while Ritter, Colby and Ginder teamed with Catanese for first in the 200 Free Relay (1:30.15)

For the women, sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) recorded the Generals’ highest individual place of the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 Free (2:02.08).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday, January 31 when the Generals host Marymount. Meet time is 3:00 p.m.

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W&L SWIMMING SPLITS AT RANDOLPH-MACON

ASHLAND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team won nine individual events as the Generals defeated Randolph-Macon, 154.5-79.5, on Saturday afternoon. On the women’s side W&L fell to the Yellow Jackets, 145-117.

On the men’s side, senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) led the way with top-finishes in three events. Ritter won the 100 Breast (1:05.67) and the 50 Free (22.32) before finishing the day a first-place in the 500 Free (5:09.48).

Junior Christopher Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) won a pair of events on the day, highlighted by a pool record time of 2:02.28 in the 200 Fly. He also won the 100 Fly with a time of (54.37).

Sophomore Reed Evans (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro) and freshmen Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) and Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) each won an event for the Generals (5-0). Evans won the 200 Free with a time of 1:55.06, Ginder touched the wall first in the 100 Back (57.76) and Hayes recorded top honors in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:26.14.

On the women’s side, freshman Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) led W&L (6-3, 3-1) with a first place time of 5:45.49 in the 500 Free.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Sunday, January 25 when the Generals travel to Gettysburg. Meet time is 1:00 p.m.

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W&L SWIMMING COMPETES AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC INVITATIONAL

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the Florida Atlantic New Year’s Invitational on Saturday in Boca Raton, Florida.

The Generals’ men’s squad finished fifth in a field of six teams, scoring 178 team points. James Madison won the men’s competition with 509 points, followed by Pennsylvania (462), Florida Atlantic (425), Davidson (267), W&L (178), and Transylvania (77).

Senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) recorded the Generals’ highest place-finish, touching the wall fifth in the 100 Free with a time of 49.49. Junior Christopher Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) was also among the top W&L finishers, placing sixth in the 100 Fly with a time of 54.70.

On the women’s side, the Generals placed sixth with a team score of 103. Florida Atlantic took top honors with 522 points, followed by Pennsylvania (467), Davidson (381.50), Florida International (266.50), Transylvania (167) and W&L (103).

Sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) recorded the Generals’ top place on the day, finishing 10th in the 100 Free with a time of 57.44.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday, January 10 when the Generals travel to Randolph-Macon. Meet time in 12:00 p.m.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING FINISHES FIFTH AT F&M INVITATIONAL

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team finished in fifth place at the three-day Franklin & Marshall Invitational, concluded on Sunday in Lancaster, Pa.

The Generals scored 793.5 team points, while invitational champion Mary Washington scored 1,632 team points. Springfield (1,200) finished second overall, followed by Ithaca (1,142), Gettysburg (958.5), W&L, Franklin and Marshall (575.5), McDaniel (340.5) and Saint Mary’s (111).

Washington and Lee’s day-three efforts were paced by senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), who won the 200 Back with a national “B-cut” time of 1:55.04. The victory marked his third top-place finish in the invitational. On day two he won the 50 Free with a time of 21.64 and touched the wall first in the 100 Back with a national “A-cut” time of 51.40.

Freshman Mike Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) concluded the weekend with a strong day-three performance. Ginder finished second in the 100 Free with a time of 47.67 and combined with Ritter, senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Acadamey) and junior Chris Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) for a second-place time of 3:15.64 in the 400 Free Relay.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday, January 3, when the Generals travel to the Florida Atlantic Invitational. Meet time is 10:00 a.m.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING FIFTH AFTER DAY TWO OF F&M INVITATIONAL

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team resides in fifth place out of eight teams after day two of the three-day Franklin & Marshall Invitational.

On day two, the Generals were paced by senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), who won the 50-freestyle with a time of 21.64. Ritter also teamed with freshman Ben Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead), senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Academy) and freshman Mike Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) to place second in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:37.06.

Ginder also placed fifth in the 50-freestyle with a time of 22.04, while freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) notched an eighth place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.41.

W&L will resume action in the F&M Invitational on Sunday morning.

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING FINISHES THIRD AT RANDOLPH-MACON INVITATIONAL

ASHLAND, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team finished third out of eight teams at the Randolph-Macon Invitational held on Friday and Saturday in Ashland, Va.

The Generals amassed 375 points to rank behind Marymount (423) and Randolph-Macon (409).
W&L was paced by sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville), who placed second in the 100- and 200-freestyle events. Holda clocked in at 56.43 in the 100 and 2:05.05 in the 200.

Junior Laura Westerman (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:27.84 and fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:35.82. Freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) placed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.46) and senior Erin Dougherty (Brentwood, Tenn./Shanghai American School) finished third in the 1650 freestyle (20:42.95) to round out W&L’s Top 3 finishers.

W&L returns to action on Sat., Jan. 10, as it travels back to Randolph-Macon for a 12:00 pm dual meet with the Yellow Jackets.

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W&L MEN'S SWIMMING COMPETES IN F&M INVITATIONAL

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee swimming team was in action on Friday evening in the three-day Franklin & Marshall Invitational.In day one action, only the 1650 freestyle event was swam. Sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) kicked off the action by placing third in the 1650, touching in at 17:22.The Generals will return to action in the F&M Invitational tomorrow morning.

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W&L WOMEN'S SWIMMING WINS BRYN MAWR TRI-MEET

BRYN MAWR, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team emerged with a pair of victories from the Bryn Mawr tri-meet on Sunday. The Generals (6-2) defeated Bryn Mawr, 107-97, and bested Arcadia, 169-33.

Senior Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School), sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) all recorded individual event wins for W&L. Kimble won the 500 Free (5:42.79), Holda took top honors in the 100 Free (56.10) and Sauter hit the wall first in the 100 Breast (1:13.77).

Kimble and Holda also teamed with junior Laura Westerman (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and senior Jackie Green (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass) for a first-place time of 8:37.70 in the 800 Free Relay.

Both the W&L men’s and women’s swimming teams return to action on Fri., Dec. 5. The women will compete at the Randolph-Macon Invitational while the Generals’ men’s squad will travel to the Franklin & Marshall Invitational.

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W&L SWIMMING IN ACTION AT DICKINSON

CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams split a pair of decisions at Dickinson on Saturday. The men defeated the Red Devils 119-86, while the women fell to Dickinson 160-45.

On the men’s side sophomore Clark Barrineau (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) led the Generals (4-0) with a pair of wins each.

Barrineau won the 1000 Free (10:27.45) and the 500 Free (5:05.71), while Ritter hit the wall first in the 200 Free (1:51.08) and the 100 Back (55.55). Ritter also teamed with senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Academy), sophomore Reed Evans (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) and freshman Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) for a first place time of 1:30.21 in the 200 Free Relay.

The W&L women (4-2) return to action on Sunday when they travel to Bryn Mawr. Meet time is 1:00 p.m.

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING DOWNS HOLLINS, 135-76

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team continued its ODAC winning streak, defeating Hollins, 135-76, on Tuesday evening.

Senior Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) won a pair of events as the Generals’ (4-1, 3-0) took top honors in nine individual events. Kimble hit the wall first in the 100 Back with a time of 1:07.28 and took first in the 100 Free with a time of 59.03.

Jackie Green (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass) also recorded a win for the W&L senior class with a top time of 2:31.91 in the 200 Fly. Juniors Tasia Fisher (Stoney Creek, Conn./Sacred Heart) and Suzie LaFleur (Natick, Mass./Montrose) each recorded a first place, with wins in the 500 Free (6:19.27) and 50 Free (27.40), respectively.

The Generals’ freshman class contributed three event victories behind the swimming of Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien), Michelle Salter (Olympia, Wash./Timberline) and Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley). Sauter won the 100 Breast (1:14.95), Salter took top honors in the 200 Breast (2:58.77) and Bloom hit the wall first in the 400 IM with a meet record time of 5:07.28.

The W&L women return to action on Saturday when they travel to Dickinson. Meet time is 1:00 p.m.

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W&L SWIMMING EARNS A PAIR OF VICTORIES AT CATHOLIC

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams earned a pair of victories over Catholic on Sunday. The Generals’ men’s squad defeated the Cardinals 123.5-81.5, while the W&L women’s squad edged Catholic 103-102.

The Generals men’s team (3-0) was led by freshman Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal). Ginder emerged as the only W&L multiple individual event winner on the day with top honors in the 200 Free (151.81) and a first-place tie in the 100 Free (48.89). He also teamed up with senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), freshman Benjamin Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) and senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Acad.) for the winning 400 Medley Relay (3:46.49).

Ritter also won the 200 Back (2:01.26), while senior Paul Laraia (Houston, Texas/Memorial) hit the wall first in the 200 Fly (2:08.92) and teamed with freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), sophomore Reed Evans (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) and freshman Maxwell Pike (Goldsboro, N.C./Wayne Country Day) for top honors in the 400 Free Relay (3:30.87).

On the women’s side the Generals (103-102) started the day top honors in the 400 Medley Relay when sophomore Keturah Akida (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln), sophomore Beth Sauer (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh), freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) and sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) combined for a time of 2:24.14.

Holda also won the 50 Free (26.16) and Sauter won the 200 Breast (2:35.01) to round out W&L’s multiple event winners.

The W&L women’s team returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 18 when they host Hollins. Meet time is 7:00 p.m.

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING DOWNS SWEET BRIAR, 161-66

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team won 10 individual events as the Generals defeated Sweet Briar, 161-66, in ODAC action Wednesday night.

Freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) led W&L with a pair of wins in the meet. She won the 200 Fly in a time of 2:29.47 and hit the wall first in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:38.40.

Seniors Jackie Green (Lynchburg, Va./E.C. Glass), Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day) and Erin Dougherty (Brentwood, Tenn./Shanghai American), as well as junior Laura Westerman (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and freshman Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) all won freestyle events for the Generals. Green took first in the 100 Free (1:00.96), Kimble won the 1000 Free (12:03.72) and Dougherty led all competitors in the 500 Free (6:04.34). Westerman won the 200 Free (2:10.97) and Bloom took top honors in the 50 free with a time of 27.40.

The W&L sophomore class recorded a stellar day as Keturah Akida (Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln), Beth Sauer (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) and Kristina Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) each recorded a victory. Akida was first in the 100 Back (1:05.89), Sauer won the 100 Breast (1:18.57) and Holda finished tops in the 200 IM (2:26.86).

The Generals return to action on Sunday, Nov. 9, when they travel to Catholic. Meet time is 1:00 p.m.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING DEFEATS VMI, 117-88

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team downed Virginia Military Institute, 117-88, in non-conference action on Saturday morning at the Cy Twombly Pool.

Senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and freshman Mike Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) led all Generals (2-0) with a pair of victories each. Ritter took top honors in the 200 Free (1:52.42) and won the 100 Back with a B-cut time of 53.06. Ginder won the 100 Free (49.25) and the 50 Free (22.83).

Senior Drew Catanese (Southampton, Mass./Suffield Acad.) and freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) rounded out the event winners for W&L. Catanese won the 100 Fly with a time of 54.63, while Hayes hit the wall first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.27.

The Generals return to action on Sunday, Nov. 9, when they travel to Catholic. Meet time is 1:00 p.m

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W&L WOMEN’S SWIMMING DOWNS RMWC, 162-100

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women’s swimming team defeated Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 162-100, in ODAC action on Wednesday night.

Senior Mandi Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) led all Generals (1-1, 1-0) with three first-place finishes. She took top honors in the 100 Back (1:07.58), the 200 Back (2:24.08) and the 500 Free (5:49.66).

Junior Suzie LaFleur (Natick, Mass./Montrose), sophomore Beth Sauer (Reistertown, Md./McDonogh), as well as freshmen Sarah Bloom (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) and Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) all won events for W&L. LaFleur took top honors in the 50 Free (27.35), Sauer won the 1000 Free (12:41.67), Bloom won the 200 Breast (2:44.58), and Sauter hit the wall first in the 100 Fly (1:04.84).

The Generals return to action on Wed., Nov. 5, when they host Sweet Briar. Meet time is 7:00 p.m.

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W&L MEN’S SWIMMING OPENS 2003-04 CAMPAIGN WITH 135-66 WIN OVER TRANSLYVANIA; WOMEN FALL 142-62

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team opened its season with a 135-66 victory over Transylvania on Saturday. The Generals’ women’s squad fell to the Pioneers, 142-62.

For the men, senior Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook) and freshman Mike Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) each won a pair of events. Ritter won the 200 Free and 200 Back with times of 1:48.80 and 2:01.17, while Ginder finished ahead of the pack in the 50 Free (22.80) and 100 Free (50.15).

On the women’s side, sophomore Kristine Holda (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville) and freshman Abbie Sauter (Darien, Conn./Darien) were the only Generals to win an event. Holda took top honors in the 100 Free (56.47), while Sauter won the 200 Breast (2:37.04).

The Washington and Lee women’s team returns to action on Wednesday, when the Generals host Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Meet time is 6:00 p.m.

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