W&L Men's Swimming Competes at Bridgewater

W&L Men's Swimming Competes at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team collected 158 points on Saturday competing at Nininger Hall.

W&L was originally slated to compete against Hampden-Sydney, but a late schedule change forced the Blue and White to race against the clock and teammates.

Sophomore Thomas Caldwell (Greenville, S.C. / Wade Hampton) led the way for the Generals, claiming two individual events and participating on one winning relay.

Caldwell won the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:17.29 and took the 400-meter freestyle in 4:21.91. He also swam on the 200-meter freestyle relay squad that touched the wall in 1:52.00 for first place. He was accompanied by juniors Alex Kirven (Davidson, N.C. / William Amos Hough) and Andrew Botelho (Huntersville, N.C. / William Amos Hough) and sophomore John Carmody (West Des Moines, Iowa / Dowling Catholic). 

Botelho clocked in at 1:02.35 to finish first in the 100-meter backstroke.

First-year Colin McKinnon (Fredericksburg, Va. / Chancellor) and sophomore Noah Schammel (Greenville, S.C. / St. Joseph's Catholic School) both won individual events and swam on a winning relay for the Generals. The pair was joined by first-year Patrick Lawrence (Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Hartley) and junior Jake Burns (Greensboro, N.C. / Greensboro Day) on the 200-meter medley relay quartet that finished first in 1:52.75.

McKinnon took the top spot in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:09.65) and Schammel claimed the 50-meter freestyle (25.69).

Sophomores Corey Connelly (Palm Harbor, Fla. / Palm Harbor University), Will McMurtry (Park Hills, Ky. / Covington Catholic) and Austin Choi (Valencia, Calif. / West Ranch) also had first-place showings. Connelly won the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 55.34, while McMurtry clocked in at 2:03.55 to place first in the 200-meter freestyle event. Choi touched the wall in 1:01.76 to finish first in the 100-meter butterfly.

W&L returns to the pool on January 16, when it travels to Catholic to take on the Cardinals. The meet is set to begin at 1:00 pm.

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