W&L Men's Swimming Has Record-Breaking Night at BMC Championships

W&L Men's Swimming Has Record-Breaking Night at BMC Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three school records and four NCAA "B" cut times highlighted the Washington and Lee men's swimming accomplishments at the Bluegrass Mountain Championships on Friday evening at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club.

The Generals remain in fourth place with 238.5 points, trailing just Wingate (525), Queens (401) and Johns Hopkins (362.5).  Catawba rounds out the Top 5 with 201 team points.

Friday's finals action kicked off with the 200 medley relay team producing an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:32.99 in placing fifth overall.  The team of junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School), senior Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal), senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) then swam a time trial later in the evening and improved significantly, shattering the former school record of 1:32.83 by swimming 1:32.15.

Senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) also produced a school-record time during the evening session, touching in second place in the 400 IM with a "B" cut time of 4:00.03, breaking his own record of 4:01.60 set two years ago.  First-year Alex Hampel (Middletown, Del./Salesianum) finished ninth in the same event with a time of 4:10.51.

The 100 fly event produced two "B" cut times as twin brothers Brian and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) finished third and sixth, respectively in the event.  Brian touched in 49.26 to break his own record set last season, while Jeff finished in 49.76 to also earn a "B" cut.

Marsh added to his record day by placing eighth in the 100 back with a time of 52.13 to round out the Generals' Top 10 finishes on the day.

Final day action continues on Saturday morning with the 200 back prelims at 10:00 am.