ODAC Releases Women's Swimming Preseason Poll

ODAC Releases Women's Swimming Preseason Poll

SALEM, Va. -- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2009 preseason women's swimming poll on Friday afternoon and Washington and Lee was picked to win its third-consecutive conference title.

W&L received 48 points, including six of the seven first-place votes. The Generals were followed by Randolph-Macon with the only other first-place vote and 43 points, Sweet Briar (35 points), Bridgewater (27 points), Guilford (17 points), Hollins (15 points) and Emory & Henry (11 points).

Back for the Generals are seven First Team All-ODAC swimmers from last season including the 2008 ODAC Rookie of the Year, sophomore Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep).  Starnes won the 200 free (1:57.63) and 500 free (5:13.10) and was part of the winning 400 free (3:39.62) and 800 free (8:00.00) relay teams that set ODAC records at the ODAC/Atlantic States Championships last season.

Other returning first team all-conference swimmers include seniors Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School), junior Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and sophomores Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) and Brielle Weinstein (Summerville, S.C./Pinewood Prep).

Bazzel won the 100 breast (1:08.41) and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:49.13) that set a school and ODAC record at the conference meet.  Simpson swam the anchor leg on the 200 free relay (1:38.17), 800 free relay (8:00.00) and 200 medley relay teams that all won the ODAC title, and Worsham won the 200 IM (2:12.60) and swam the anchor leg on the 400 free (3:39.62) and 400 medley (4:00.28) relay teams that won and set ODAC records at the ODAC/Atlantic States Championship.  Hayden finished first in the 1650 free (18:04.60) and competed on the winning 800 free relay team at ODAC’s, while Fredericks swam on both the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay teams at ODAC’s.  Weinstein finished third in the 100 back (1:01.30) and fourth in the 200 back (2:13.57) at the ODAC/Atlantic States Championship.

The Generals take to the pool for the first time Friday as they travel to Mary Washington for a 6:00 pm meet.