December 2, 2012

W&L Men's Swimming Takes Top Spot at Yellow Jacket Invite

RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's swimming team claimed three more event wins to wrap up day two competition at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Sunday afternoon, held at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center.

W&L finished the day with 1,166 points to take the top spot. Randolph-Macon recorded 655.5 points for second and Marymount claimed 351 for third place. West Virginia Tech (340.5), Hampden-Sydney (323.5), Frostburg State (249) and Greensboro (183.5) closed out the team results.

Two individual wins and a relay victory highlighted the Generals' performances. In the 400 free relay, seniors Rick Sykes (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), Wayde Marsh (Milford, Del./Salesianum School) and Tyler Gehrs (Alexandria, Va./St. Andrew's) and junior Robert Knuth (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) teamed up to win the event in a time of 3:09.45. Sykes and Marsh each notched individual wins, with Sykes taking first in the 100 free (45.79) and Marsh placing first in the 200 back (1:53.86).

In the 100 free, five more W&L athletes placed in the Top 7 out of the 41 competitors. Gehrs was the runner-up, touching the wall in 48.04, first-year Harris Pritchard (Houston, Texas/Memorial) was third (49.13) and Knuth took the fourth spot in a time of 49.29. Sophomore Chase Flint (Suwanee, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) finished in fifth place (49.55) and first-year Matt Kiser (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) came in a close seventh in 49.60.

Three more Generals finished in the Top 5 in the 200 back, with first-year Brennan Haley (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) touching in third (1:55.48), junior Matt Hesser (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) taking fourth (1:58.15) and sophomore Alex Cram (Columbia, S.C./Irmo) placed fifth (2:01.14).

The 200 breast featured three Generals in favorable placings, led by junior David Ireland (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) in second place in a time of 2:10.95. First-year Wesley Sigmon (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) finished in fourth place (2:19.17) and first-year Brody Lawson (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) was close behind in fifth (2:20.70).

Other top performances include a second-place performance by junior Eric Shuman (Black Mountain, N.C./Asheville Christian Academy) in the 1650 free in a time of 17:14.62 and first-year William Fries (Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood) clocking in at 17:14.76 in the same event for third place.

W&L will take a break in its season and will return to the pool on January 19, when it hosts Catholic and Marymount for a tri-meet set to begin at 1:00 pm.

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