CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Washington and Lee men’s
and women’s swim teams took part in day two of the University
of Virginia Invitational at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in
Charlottesville on Friday.
After two days of competition, the men are third of four teams with 409 points, while the women are fourth of six teams with 166 points.
On the men’s side, the team was led by a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The relay squad consisted of sophomores Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) and Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and first-years Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) and Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), who touched in with a time of 1:34.81. W&L also recorded a seventh-place finish in the event, with seniors Josh Gonzalez (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) and sophomores Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) finishing in a time of 1:36.87.
In the only other relay of the night, W&L had three squads finish in the 800 free, with the best time going to the team of seniors Jonathan Giesen (Hoover, Ala./Paul Laurence Dunbar) and Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy), junior Brandon Wilder (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) and first-year Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew’s) who finished fifth in a time of 7:05.05.
Individual top finishes for the men included sophomore Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) touching in fifth in the 400 IM (4:06.76) and 10th in the 100 back (53.09). Washnock also recorded a NCAA 'B' Cut time of 4:05.45 in the 400 IM during the morning prelims. Brian Stirling led the way in the 100 fly, recording a NCAA 'B' cut time of 50.54 while finishing in fifth place. Wilder finished in 13th place with a time of 1:45.24 in the 200 free and Dexter finished seventh in the 100 breast with a time of 58.99.
For the women, the team recorded eighth and ninth-place finishes in the 200 medley relay. The squad of seniors Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) and Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and first-years Andrea Seffens (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) and Brittany Ross (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) finished eighth with a time of 1:50.99, while sophomores Jocelyn Cassada (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) and Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) and first-years Delaney Rolfe (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) and Izzy Brassfield (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) touched in with a time of 1:54.41, good for ninth place.
The team also had four squads take part in the 800 free relay, with the top finishing time going to Rolfe, Simpson, Brassfield and sophomore Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep), who finished 10th with a time of 8:00.55.
In individual competition, the women were led by sophomore Katie Salvati’s (Roselle Park, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) 17th place finish in the 400 IM (4:47.60) and 19th place finish in the 100 back (1:02.53), Rolfe in the 100 fly, finishing in 15th place with a time of 1:01.43, Fredericks leading the charge in the 100 breast finishing with a time of 1:09.95, good for 15th place and Simpson touching in 1:58.44, taking 23rd in the 200 free.
The Generals will complete action at the University of Virginia Invitational tomorrow evening.