GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Tommy Thetford (Birmingham, Ala. / The Altamont) set a new school and conference record and posted an NCAA "B" cut in the 200-yard freestyle, as W&L maintained its lead in the second day of the ODAC Men's Swimming Championship at the Greensboro Aquatics Center on Saturday.
Thetford won the event in 1:37.76, breaking the school record of 1:39.10 set by Alex Sweet '08 in 2008.
Thetford also competed on the winning 200-yard medley relay squad that set a new ODAC record and registered an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:31.79. The quartet was made of Thetford and juniors Andrew Botelho (Huntersville, N.C. / William Amos Hough), Trenten Babcock (Belmont, Mich. / Rockford) and Thomas Ferguson (Midlothian, Va. / Trinity Episcopal).
Both Botelho and Babcock notched second-place finishes in individual events for the Generals. Botelho took second in the 100-yard backstroke (53.13) and Babcock earned second-place in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.71).
Sophomore Noah Schammel (Greenville, S.C. / St. Joseph's Catholic School) won the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 50.51. Ferguson clocked in at 50.91 for second, while sophomore Austin Choi (Valencia, Calif. / West Ranch) touched the wall in 53.05 for third.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team that consisted of sophomores Corey Connelly (Palm Harbor, Fla. / Palm Harbor University) and Thomas Caldwell (Greenville, S.C. / Wade Hampton) and first-years Thomas Agostini (Elgin, S.C. / Spring Valley) and Sam Childress (Springfield, Ill. / Glenwood) claimed the top spot in 7:00.71.
Childress and Connelly followed behind Thetford in the 200-free, with Childress placing second (1:43.65) and Connelly coming in third (1:43.70).
Caldwell took second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:08.01), while first-year Austin Jennings (Disputanta, Va. / Walsingham Academy) placed third (4:11.63).
First-year Patrick Lawrence (Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Hartley) also had a Top 3 showing for the Blue and White, finishing in third in the 100-back with a time of 54.00.
W&L currently sits in first place in the team standings with 703 points, while Randolph-Macon is second with 410 points. Hampden-Sydney is third with 322 points and Ferrum has 38 points for fourth place.
The Generals return to action for the final day of the ODAC Championship on Sunday morning. Preliminary rounds are set to begin at 10:00 am.
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