Generals Place 12 Swimmers on All-Bluegrass Mountain Team

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee recently had 12 men's swimmers named First Team All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference (BMC), following their performances at the 2008 Championship Meet. Additionally, senior Alex Sweet (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) was named the BMC Swimmer of the Year.

Sweet was joined on the first team by seniors Will Hartmann (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) and Tim McGlaston (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro), juniors Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Landsdale Catholic) and Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton), sophomores Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kansas/Shawnee), Ian Childers (Ona, W. Va./Greater Latrobe), Jonathan Giesen (Hoover, Ala./Paul Laurence Dunbar) and Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Maggie L. Walker Governor's School) and freshmen Ryan Hanson (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) and Brandon Wilder (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy).

Sweet, who was the National Champion in the 50 free, competed on two second-place finishing relays (200 free, 800 free) and on the 400 free relay, which took the bronze, at the 2008 BMC Championships. He also notched third in the 200 free (1:42.22), fourth in the 50 free (20:43) sixth in the 100 free (45.89).

McGlaston, Barnds and Tatman teamed with Sweet on the second-place finishing 200 free relay, while Diebold, Crook and McGlaston rounded out the quartet in the 800 free relay. McGlaston, Crook and Barnds made up the additional members of 400 free relay.

Other top performances at the conference meet included Crook, who finished first in the 500 free (4:36.58) and fourth in the 200 free (1:42.38). Giesen took second in the 500 free (4:43.49) and fourth in the 1650 free (16:43.93), while McGlaston touched fourth in the 100 free (46.11), fifth in the 50 free (20.60) and sixth in the 200 free (1:43.54). Stagg racked up a third-place finish in the 200 fly (1:57.34) and a sixth-place time in the 400 IM (4:18.44) and Tatman was a second in the 200 back (1:53.79), fifth in the 100 back (52.99) and competed on the fourth-place finishing 200 medley relay (1:38.69), along with Childers, Hanson and Barnds.

The Generals finished second to Division II Wingate at the conference meet. Following the BMC's, W&L went on to place eighth at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships, equaling its best-ever finish at nationals.