W&L Men's Swimming Sets Record at NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) set a new school record in the 100 fly to highlight the Washington and Lee men's swimming team's performances on day two of the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships on Thursday, held at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
Brian Stirling placed ninth in the 100 fly, clocking in at 49.20 in the finals. In the preliminary round, Stirling tied for eighth with two others, prompting a swim-off between the three to determine who would compete in the championship heat in finals. Stirling swam a time of 49.07, smashing his own record set at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships earlier this season and making him the ninth seed going into the finals.
W&L currently sits 10th in the team standings, posting 51.5 points after two days of competition. Denison leads the pack with 290 points. Kenyon (287), Emory (198), MIT (140) and Redlands (122.5) wrap up the top five.
The 200 free relay team consisting of seniors Brian Stirling, Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) and junior Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) finished ninth in a time of 1:23.22. Senior Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) also competed for the Generals, recording a time of 4:00.26 in the 400 IM to take 14th place.
Junior Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) teamed up with Sykes, Dexter and Brian Stirling in the 400 medley relay, posting a 15th-place finish and a time of 3:24.93.
Marsh, Dexter, Washnock, Sykes, Brian Stirling and Jeff Stirling each earned All-America honors in their respective events.
Jeff Stirling joined Brian Stirling in the 100 fly, but his time of 50.13 did not advance him to finals in the event.
W&L returns to the pool on Friday for day three of the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships, with preliminary rounds beginning at 10:00 am.