Swimming at NCAA Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Washington and Lee men's and women's swimming teams finished up action at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.  As a team, the men tied for 36th overall, while the women finished 48th overall.

Two individuals earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, while the Generals 400 free relay team also grabbed Honorable Mention All-America laurels.

On the men's side, first-year Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 200 back by touching in ninth place with a school record time of 1:49.25.  Washnock had placed 11th in the prelims with a time of 1:50.49.

The Generals' 400 free relay squad consisting of junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), junior Nick Talluri (Mt. Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) and senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) finished 15th overall with a time of 3:04.00 to earn Honorable Mention All-America accolades.  The relay finished 12th in the prelims with a time of 3:03.37.

Barnds also swam the 100 free in 46.33 to place 40th and missed the finals qualifying mark.

On the women's side, senior Lindsay Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 200 back, placing 11th overall with a time of 2:03.31.  She placed 15th in the prelims (2:04.78) earlier in the day.

Swimming at NCAA Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Washington and Lee men's and women's swimming teams had several individuals competing at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at the University of Minnesota.

On the men's side, the Generals' 800 free relay squad consisting of senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), junior Nick Talluri (Mt. Airy, N.C./Mount Airy), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) missed qualifying for the finals after finishing in 17th place in the prelims with a time of 6:50.89.

First-year Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) placed 22nd and missed the finals qualifying mark in the 100 back with a time of 51.60.

For the women, senior Lindsay Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) finished tied for 33rd place and missed qualifying for the finals when she touched in 58.70 in the 100 back.

Action continues on Saturday with the 100 free, 200 back and 400 free relay events.

Swimming at NCAA Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Washington and Lee men's swimming team had several individuals competing at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Minnesota.

First-year Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with his finish in the 400 IM event.  Washnock set a school record in the prelims (4:01.99) then bettered that record time en route to placing 13th overall in the finals with a time of 4:01.60.

The Generals' 400 medley relay squad consisting of Washnock, senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) finished 17th in the prelims with a school-record time of 3:26.29. They are the first alternate for the finals and will be selected to compete should another relay team choose not to participate.

The 200 free relay team of Barnds, Brian Stirling, junior Nick Talluri (Mt. Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) and Crook also narrowly missed qualifying for the finals after placing 20th overall in the prelims with a time of 1:24.59.

In other preliminary events on Thursday, Brian Stirling finished 31st in the 100 fly with a time of 50.85, while Crook placed 44th in the 200 free with time of 1:43.03. Both will not compete in the finals.

Action continues on Friday with the 200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast and 800 free relay events.

Swimming at NCAA Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and swimming teams both had athletes in action on day one of the NCAA Division III National Championships at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday.

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School), W&L’s only women’s representative, recorded a time of 25.32 in preliminary round of the 50 free. She did not advance to the finals.

The men’s 200 medley relay team consisting of senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) and first years Brian Stirling (Skilman, N.J./Montgomery) and Christopher Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) placed 18th in the preliminary round with a time of 1:34.05 that did not qualify them for the final round.

Crook placed 33rd in the prelims in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.22, while Barnds and junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) finished 43rd and 50th in the 50 free with times of 21.16 and 21.28, respectively. All three missed the cut for the finals.

W&L returns to action on Thursday for day two. Prelims are slated to begin at 11:00 am.

Swimming at Kenyon Invitational

GAMBIER, Ohio -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams sent a handful of swimmers to the Kenyon College Invitational in one last attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The women’s team sent senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) and senior Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine’s), while the men sent first-years Frank Cullo (Sewickley, Pa./Central Catholic) and Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery).

Strachan set a new school and ODAC-record in the 200 back with an NCAA “A” cut time of 2:02.67, while Mahoney posted “B” cut times in the 200 individual medley (2:10.71) and 200 breast (2:24.10). Both of Mahoney’s swims were also school and ODAC records.

Cullo broke the oldest standing school record on the men’s side with an NCAA “B” cut time of 16:07.31 in the 1650 free, while Stirling recorded a NCAA “B” cut time of 50.77 in the 100 fly. The previous record of 16:16.06 set by John Hudson in the 1650 free had stood since 1975.

Both the men’s and women’s swim teams will be in action as those swimmers that qualify will take part in the NCAA Championships held at the University of Minnesota. The NCAA meet is set to begin on March 18.


Swimming at Bluegrass Mountain Championships

Charlotte, N.C. --  The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team wrapped up competition at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship meet held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Club in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday and came away with a third-place team finish.

W&L garnered a total of 547 points over the four-day event. Wingate University was the team champion with 657.5 points, while the University of Tampa took second with 552 points. W&L (547), Limestone College (498.5) and Savannah College of Art & Design (266) round out the Top 5.

The Generals placed four swimmers in the Top 10 of the 1650 free as first-year Frank Cullo (Sewickley, Pa./Central Catholic) took sixth in an NCAA “B” cut time of 16:18.97, junior Dan Austin (Terrance Park, Ohio/Mariemont) took seventh in 16:23.59, first-year Ben Absher (Knoxville, Tenn./Christian Academy) grabbed eighth-place in 16:36.28 and junior Jonathan Giesen (Hoover, Ala./Paul Laurence Dunbar) touched in 16:38.65 for ninth-place.

First-year Christopher Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) recorded a third-place finish in the 200 back with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:51.84 and senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) notched a 1:55.33 for an eighth-place finish.

The 100 free yielded three finishes in the Top 10 as junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) swam a 46.57 for a sixth-place finish, first-year Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) came in eighth with a time of 47.09 and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee), swimming in the “B” final, recorded and NCAA “B” cut time of 45.77.

The Generals final NCAA “B” cut time came in the 400 free relay as Barnds, Talluri, senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) and first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) posted a time of 3:02.83.

The W&L men’s swimming team returns to action as those athletes that qualified will compete in the NCAA Championships beginning on March 18.

Team Results
1. Wingate University M&W          657.5  
2. University of Tampa               552
3. Washington & Lee University       547  
4. Limestone College               498.5
5. Savannah College  Art & Design    266  
6. Rollins College                   259
7. Transylvania University           196  
8. Catawba College Indians           180
9. Pfeiffer University               112 
10. West Virginia Wesleyan College    106
11. Florida Southern College           86 
12. Saint Leo University               84
13. Fairmont State University          61 
14. Wheeling Jesuit University         40


Swimming at Bluegrass Mountain Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Washington and Lee men's swimming team resides in fourth place following the third day of competition at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships held at the Mecklenberg Aquatics Center on Friday.

Wingate now leads the event with 445.5 points, while Limestone (386.5), Tampa (379.0), W&L (361.0) and Savannah Art & Design (208) rounded out the Top 5.

The Generals had several NCAA "B" cut times on the day. First-year Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) earned a "B" cut in the 400 IM. He swam 4:07.24 in the prelims and then finished fifth in the finals with a time of 4:07.78.

First-years Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) both recorded "B" cut times in the 100 fly. Brian finished in seventh place (50.97) and Jeff placed eighth with a time of 51.09.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) finished fifth in the 200 free with a "B" cut time of 1:41.80 and swam on the 800 free relay team that finished fifth with a "B" cut time of 6:55.91 in the finals. The squad also notched a 6:53.95 in the prelims. Crook was joined on the relay squad by senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton), senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Landsdale Catholic) and first-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton).

The final day of competition begins on Sunday morning.

Swimming at Bluegrass Mountain Championships

CHAROTTE, N.C. -- After two days of competition, the Washington and Lee men’s swimming team finds itself in first-place out of 14 teams with a total of 202 points at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship meet being held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Club in Charlotte N.C.

Washington and Lee leads Limestone College, 202-190.5, heading into the third day of competition.

The team of senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton), juniors Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) and Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) and first-year Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) began the day with a fourth-place finish in the 200 free relay with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:23.26. Talluri's lead off time of 21.16 in the preliminary round was an NCAA "B" cut time for the 50 free.

Senior Paul Crook took fourth in the 500 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:35.54 and also notched an eighth place finish in the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:02.16. In the preliminary round, he swam a "B" cut time of 1:55.01 in the 200 IM.

Barnds and Dexter both recorded NCAA “B” cut times in the 50 free in finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Barnds touched in 20.92, while Dexter finished in 21.15.

Senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic) was joined by Crook and first-years Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) in taking fifth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:29.42. The foursome swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:28.76 in prelims.

W&L returns to the pool on Friday for the third day of the BMC meet. Events are slated to begin at 10:00 am.

Standings after Day Two
1. Washington and Lee 202
2. Limestone College 190.5
3. Wingate University 188.5
4. University of Tampa 158
5. Rollins College 108
6. Savannah College of Art & Design 84
7. Transylvania University 66
8. Catawba College 56
9. West Virginia Wesleyan 47
10. Saint Leo 34
11. Pfeiffer University 32
12. Florida Southern College 26
13. Fairmont State University 18
14. Wheeling Jesuit University 12

Swimming at Bluegrass Mountain Championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team opened the first day of the 2009 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships on Wednesday evening at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in Charlotte, N.C.

After the first day of competition, the Generals find themselves in first place after placing four swimmers in the Top 8 of the 1000 free. Junior Dan Austin (Terrance Park, Ohio/Mariemont) paced W&L with a second-place finish in a school record time of 9:40.92, breaking the old mark by three seconds. Junior Jonathan Giesen (Hoover, Ala./Paul Laurence Dunbar) took fourth (9:44.97), first-year Frank Cullo (Sewickley, Pa./Central Catholic) came in fifth (9:46.98) and first-year Ben Absher (Knoxville, Tenn./Christian Academy) recorded an eighth-place finish with a time of 9:57.13.

W&L returns to action on Thursday for the second day of the conference meet. Events are slated to begin at 10:00 am.

Team Standings (After Day One)
1.Washington & Lee University    57  
2. Wingate University     30
3. Rollins College    20 
4. Limestone College    13
5. Saint Leo University    12  
6. Catawba College Indians    8
6. Florida Southern College    8  
8. West Virginia Wesleyan College    4
9. Transylvania University    3

Swimming at Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Both the Washington and Lee men's and women's swimming teams were defeated in a dual meet against Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Md. The 13th-ranked W&L men fell to the fifth-ranked Blue Jays, 143-119, while the women were defeated by the sixth-ranked JHU squad, 156-97.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) had a stellar meet for the W&L men (11-2), winning three individual events on the day. He touched first in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.26, won the 500 free with a time of 4:50.02 and also emerged with a win in the 200 IM (1:59.60).

Additionally, junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kansas/Shawnee) won the 50 free (22.16) and led off the winning 200 free relay team that finished in 1:26.82. He was joined on the team by first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) and junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy).

For the W&L women (9-6), first-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) led the way with a first-place finish in the 100 fly (1:03.38), while also competing on the winning 200 free relay squad that finished in 1:43.96. Senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) led off the relay and was joined by Fredericks and juniors Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School) and Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg).

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) won the 100 back (1:01.55), while first-year Katie Salvati (Roselle Park, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) touched first in the 400 IM (4:56.59).

The Washington and Lee men will return to action on Feb. 11-14 as they compete in the Bluegrass Mountain Championships held in Charlotte, N.C. The women return to the pool on Feb. 13-15 at the ODAC Championships held at Radford University.

 

Swimming at Marymount

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Marymount on Saturday afternoon and both teams came away with victories. The men prevailed 136-99, while the women came out on top, 151-110.

On the men’s side, the Generals (11-1) were led by senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic) and junior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) as they both notched a pair of first-place finishes. Diebold took the 100 and 200 backstroke events in 55.85 and 2:03.06, respectively, while Stagg won the 100 breast (1:02.53) and the 100 fly (53.85).

Also placing first were first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), who won the 200 free (1:50.00), sophomore Brandon Wilder (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy), who touched first in the 200 butterfly (2:02.91) and juniors Ian Childers (Ona, W. Va./Greater Latrobe) and Jonathan Giesen (Hoover, Ala./Laurence Dunbar). Childers took the 200 breast in 2:16.44, while Giesen took the 500 free in 5:01.27. The Generals also posted a win in the 200 medley relay as Childers, Giesen, Stirling and senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) combined to record a time of 1:42.45.

The women (9-5) were led once again by senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) who tallied two individual wins and was a part of W&L’s win winning 200 medley relay. Strachan won the 200 butterfly in 2:18.97 and touched first in the 200 back with a time of 2:10.12. She was joined on the medley relay team by senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) and juniors Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) as they recorded a time of 1:53.71.

First-years Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) and Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Preparatory School) also recorded a pair of first-place finishes as Fredericks took the 50 free in 25.69 and the 200 individual medley in 2:15.75, while Starnes notched wins in the 1000 free (11:10.16) and the 500 free (5:24.19). Other first-place finishers for the Generals included Bazzel in the 100 breast (1:10.19), Miata in the 100 fly (1:02.90) and sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) in the 200 free (2:01.94).

Both the men and women return to action when they travel to Johns Hopkins on Saturday for an 11:00 am meet.

Swimming vs. Gettysburg

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee swimming teams were both in action on Saturday as the Generals hosted Gettysburg College for a dual meet. The W&L men won, 159-100, while the women were victorious for the first-time ever against the Bullets, 135-127.

The women were again led by the exploits of senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School), who won two individual events and swam on a winning relay team. Strachan won the 200 back with a time of 2:09.53 that broke a 26-year old pool record. She also won the 100 back (1:01.53) and led off the winning 200 medley relay squad that finished in 1:53.78. She was joined on the team by junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg).

Other first-place finishers for the Generals included Bazzel, Miata and first-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York). Bazzel touched first in the 100 breast (1:09.75), Miata won the 50 free (25.83) and Fredericks finished first in the 200 breast (2:30.62).

For the men, senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) led the way with a pair of first-place individual showings and a pair of first-place finishes on relay teams. He won the 100 free (48.18) and 200 IM (2:01.98) and also swam on the winning 200 medley (1:40.31) and 200 free (1:31.92) relay teams. He was joined on both relay squads by seniors Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton), Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Landsdale Catholic) senior Matt Anderson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's).

Additionally, juniors Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C. / Mount Airy), Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va. / Governor's School), Ian Childers (Ona, W. Va. / Greater Latrobe) and Dan Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio / Mariemont), sophomore Dorsey Terry (Gibbstown, N.J. / Salesianum) and first-years Ben Absher (Knoxville, Tenn./Christian Academy) and Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J. / Montgomery) all won a event for the Generals. Talluri placed first in the 200 free (1:48.47), Stagg touched first in the 200 fly (2:01.62), Childers won the 200 breast (2:16.53), Austin finished first in the 500 free (5:01.42), Terry won the 100 fly (55.39), Absher placed first in the 1000 free (10:28.32) and Stirling touched first in the 50 free (22.29).

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Marymount for a 2:00 pm dual meet.

Swimming vs. Wingate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams were in action on Saturday afternoon in a tri-match held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. Both the men and women defeated Catawba and Ashland and both fell to Wingate.

The W&L men (9-1) were led by senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who won the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:42.59, won the 500 free (4:47.27), finished third in the 200 IM (1:56.91) and swam a leg on the third-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:38.24. He was joined on the relay team by senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee).

Junior Dan Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) placed second in the 1000 free (10:09.19), while Diebold finished third in both the 200 free (1:46.88) and 500 free (4:56.26). Senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton) placed third in the 100 back (55.02) and the 200 back (1:58.86).

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) led the women with a first-place finish in the 200 back (2:10.27) and a third-place finish in the 100 back (1:01.77). She also swam on the second-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:54.53. She was joined by junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake), and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg).

First-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep) won the 500 free (5:21.62) and finished second in the 200 free (2:00.58), while sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) placed second in the 500 free (5:23.25). Senior Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines) added a second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:15.81).

Both the W&L men and women will be in action again on Jan. 17 as they host Gettysburg for a 2:00 pm dual meet.

Swimming vs. Catawba

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams were in action on Saturday afternoon in a tri-match held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. Both the men and women defeated Catawba and Ashland and both fell to Wingate.

The W&L men (9-1) were led by senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who won the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:42.59, won the 500 free (4:47.27), finished third in the 200 IM (1:56.91) and swam a leg on the third-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:38.24. He was joined on the relay team by senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee).

Junior Dan Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) placed second in the 1000 free (10:09.19), while Diebold finished third in both the 200 free (1:46.88) and 500 free (4:56.26). Senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton) placed third in the 100 back (55.02) and the 200 back (1:58.86).

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) led the women with a first-place finish in the 200 back (2:10.27) and a third-place finish in the 100 back (1:01.77). She also swam on the second-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:54.53. She was joined by junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake), and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg).

First-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep) won the 500 free (5:21.62) and finished second in the 200 free (2:00.58), while sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) placed second in the 500 free (5:23.25). Senior Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines) added a second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:15.81).

Both the W&L men and women will be in action again on Jan. 17 as they host Gettysburg for a 2:00 pm dual meet.

Swimming vs. Ashland

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams were in action on Saturday afternoon in a tri-match held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. Both the men and women defeated Catawba and Ashland and both fell to Wingate.

The W&L men (9-1) were led by senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who won the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:42.59, won the 500 free (4:47.27), finished third in the 200 IM (1:56.91) and swam a leg on the third-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:38.24. He was joined on the relay team by senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee).

Junior Dan Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) placed second in the 1000 free (10:09.19), while Diebold finished third in both the 200 free (1:46.88) and 500 free (4:56.26). Senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton) placed third in the 100 back (55.02) and the 200 back (1:58.86).

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) led the women with a first-place finish in the 200 back (2:10.27) and a third-place finish in the 100 back (1:01.77). She also swam on the second-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:54.53. She was joined by junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake), and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg).

First-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep) won the 500 free (5:21.62) and finished second in the 200 free (2:00.58), while sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) placed second in the 500 free (5:23.25). Senior Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines) added a second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:15.81).

Both the W&L men and women will be in action again on Jan. 17 as they host Gettysburg for a 2:00 pm dual meet.

Swimming at Finis Collegiate Invitational

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Washington and Lee swimming teams wrapped up competition on Monday evening at the Finis Collegiate Invite. The Generals won the men’s team title, while the women finished second overall.

The men totaled 1919.0 points to better UC Santa Cruz, who placed second with 1633.5 points.  On the women's side, Santa Cruz took the team title with 1682.0 points, while W&L totaled 1210.0 points to finish second.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) spearheaded the men’s team effort by winning the 200 IM with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:54.53 and swimming the 500 free in an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:36.24. He also swam the anchor leg on both the winning 200 free relay (1:25.31) and 400 medley relay (3:34.40) teams.

Crook was joined on the 200 free relay team by senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton), junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C. / Mount Airy) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kansas/Shawnee), while Tatman and first-years Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) and Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) teamed with Crook on the 400 medley relay squad.

Also for the men, Talluri won the 50 free with a time of 21.55 and first-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), junior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) and Barnds all produced runner-up finishes. Hartman finished second in the 500 free (4:45.02), Stagg was second in the 200 IM (1:59.34) and Barnds finished second behind Talluri in the 50 free with a time of 21.64.

For the W&L women, senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) continued to have an impressive showing on Monday, notching a school-record, ODAC-record and NCAA “B” cut time in a 200 back time trial (2:06.66). She also led off the 400 medley relay team that touched the wall first with a school-record time of 4:03.27. Junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett), senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) joined Strachan on the winning relay team.

Miata also took first place in the 50 free with a time of 25.06, while first-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep) and senior Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines) also took home first place honors. Starnes won the 500 free (5:21.42) and Mahoney won the 200 IM (2:14.32).

Also for the women, sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) finished as the runner-up in the 500 free (5:22.99), junior Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School) placed second in the 200 IM (2:16.85) and Simpson placed second in the 50 free (25.60).

The Generals will now break for the holidays before returning to action on Jan. 10 against Wingate, Catawba and Ashland at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center near Charlotte, N.C.

Swimming at Finis Collegiate Invitational

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Washington and Lee swimming teams were in action again on Sunday evening at the Finis Collegiate Invitational. With one day of competition remaining, the W&L men reside in third place out of 10 teams, while the women are fourth out of 11 teams.

On the men's side, UC Santa Cruz leads the way with 1433.5 points, followed by Fresno Pacific with 1261.5 points and Washington and Lee (1169.0). The Banana Slugs also lead the women's competition with 1590.0 points. Fresno Pacific is second with 839.5 points, followed by Cal State-Bakersfield (839.0) and W&L (674).

The W&L men were paced by senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton), who finished third in the 200 back with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:54.11 and first-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), who placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.21.

The 400 free relay team of junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy), senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Landsdale Catholic), junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kansas/Shawnee) and senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) placed third overall (3:11.16), while first-years Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) and Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) both finished fourth in their respective events. Washnock completed the 200 back in 1:55.64 and Grattan finished the 200 breast in 2:13.97.

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) had another strong day for the W&L women, winning the 200 back with a school-record and NCAA "B" cut time of 2:07.04. The time also ties the ODAC record.

The Generals' 400 free relay team comprised of first-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York), junior Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School), first-year Jocelyn Cassada (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) also tallied a school record, finishing in third place with a time of 3:41.43.

Other top finishers for the women were sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), who placed sixth in the 1650 free (18:32.57) and first-year Brielle Weinstein (Summerville, S.C./Pinewood Prep), who placed sixth in the 200 back (2:16.09).

Washington and Lee will complete action in the Finis Intercollegiate with the final day of competition on Monday evening.

Swimming at Finis Collegiate Invitational

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams were in action on Saturday evening at the Finis Collegiate Invitational.

After participating in just one of the two days contested thus far, the W&L men are fourth out of nine teams, while the women are sixth out of 11 squads.

Leading the way for the men was senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who finished third in the 200 free with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:40.36 and swam a leg of the 200 medley relay that finished second overall (1:37.09) and participated on the 800 free relay team that placed third overall (6:53.95). He was joined on the 200 relay team by junior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School), first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kansas/Shawnee), while his teammates on the 800 relay team were senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./Walton), senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Landsdale Catholic) and first-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton).

First-year Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) finished as the runner-up in the 100 fly with a time of 52.10, while classmate Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal) placed second in the 100 breast (1:00.51).

For the W&L women, senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) led the way with a second place finish in the 100 back with an NCAA “B” cut and school-record time of 59.20.

The 800 free relay team of first-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep), senior Susan Mahoney (Richmond, Va./St. Catherines), first-year Jocelyn Cassada (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) and junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) also set a school record (8:05.73) in finishing fourth overall.

Other individual leaders for the women were Mahoney, who placed third in the 400 IM with a time of 4:45.85 and Starnes, who placed fifth in the 200 free with a time of 1:58.11. Senior Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) also finished eighth in the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.81.

Finis Invitational action continues on Sunday afternoon with the third day of competition.

Swimming at Franklin & Marshall

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee swimming teams were in action on Saturday afternoon at the Franklin & Marshall Quad Dual meet. The W&L men finished 3-0 with wins over Carnegie Mellon (156.5-105.5), Franklin & Marshall (201-61) and Rochester (199-63). The W&L women went 2-1 on the day, defeating F&M (173-89) and Rochester (182-80) and falling to CMU (137-125).

The W&L men (7-0) were led by senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who won three individual events and was part of one winning relay team. Crook won the 200 free (1:43.60), the 500 free (4:42.72) and the 200 IM (1:59.31). He also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:38.56.

Junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) recorded one individual first-place finish and was a member of two winning relay teams. Barnds touched first in the 50 free in a time of 21.89 and was also victorious in the 200 medley and 400 free relay (3:14.09) teams.

Junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) won the 100 free (48.44) and swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay, while junior Josh Gonzalez (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) finished first in the 200 butterfly (1:58.58).

First-years Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) also notched first-place finishes. Stirling touched first in the 100 butterfly (52.74), while Washnock won the 200 back in a time of 1:56.19.

The W&L women (5-4) were paced by first-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep), who recorded a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:59.62) and also swam a leg on the 400 free relay team (3:44.89) that finished second.

First-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) won the 200 breast (2:31.47) and finished second in the 200 IM (2:18.46), while senior Jule Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) touched first in the 100 fly in a time of 1:01.95. Junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) placed second in the 100 free (55.98) and swam a leg on the 400 free relay team, while senior Lindsay Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) and junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) wrapped up the Generals' leaders with second-place finishes. Strachan placed second in the 200 back (2:09.28), while Bazzel notched a second-place mark in the 100 breast (1:09.01).

The W&L swimming teams return to the pool on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at the Cal-Lutheran Invitational.

Swimming vs. Carnegie Mellon

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee swimming teams were in action on Saturday afternoon at the Franklin & Marshall Quad Dual meet. The W&L men finished 3-0 with wins over Carnegie Mellon (156.5-105.5), Franklin & Marshall (201-61) and Rochester (199-63). The W&L women went 2-1 on the day, defeating F&M (173-89) and Rochester (182-80) and falling to CMU (137-125).

The W&L men (7-0) were led by senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who won three individual events and was part of one winning relay team. Crook won the 200 free (1:43.60), the 500 free (4:42.72) and the 200 IM (1:59.31). He also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:38.56.

Junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) recorded one individual first-place finish and was a member of two winning relay teams. Barnds touched first in the 50 free in a time of 21.89 and was also victorious in the 200 medley and 400 free relay (3:14.09) teams.

Junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) won the 100 free (48.44) and swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay, while junior Josh Gonzalez (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) finished first in the 200 butterfly (1:58.58).

First-years Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) also notched first-place finishes. Stirling touched first in the 100 butterfly (52.74), while Washnock won the 200 back in a time of 1:56.19.

The W&L women (5-4) were paced by first-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep), who recorded a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:59.62) and also swam a leg on the 400 free relay team (3:44.89) that finished second.

First-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) won the 200 breast (2:31.47) and finished second in the 200 IM (2:18.46), while senior Jule Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) touched first in the 100 fly in a time of 1:01.95.

Junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) placed second in the 100 free (55.98) and swam a leg on the 400 free relay team, while senior Lindsay Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) and junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) wrapped up the Generals' leaders with second-place finishes. Strachan placed second in the 200 back (2:09.28), while Bazzel notched a second-place mark in the 100 breast (1:09.01).

The W&L swimming teams return to the pool on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at the Cal-Lutheran Invitational.

Swimming vs. Rochester

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Washington and Lee swimming teams were in action on Saturday afternoon at the Franklin & Marshall Quad Dual meet. The W&L men finished 3-0 with wins over Carnegie Mellon (156.5-105.5), Franklin & Marshall (201-61) and Rochester (199-63). The W&L women went 2-1 on the day, defeating F&M (173-89) and Rochester (182-80) and falling to CMU (137-125).

The W&L men (7-0) were led by senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), who won three individual events and was part of one winning relay team. Crook won the 200 free (1:43.60), the 500 free (4:42.72) and the 200 IM (1:59.31). He also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:38.56.

Junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) recorded one individual first-place finish and was a member of two winning relay teams. Barnds touched first in the 50 free in a time of 21.89 and was also victorious in the 200 medley and 400 free relay (3:14.09) teams.

Junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) won the 100 free (48.44) and swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay, while junior Josh Gonzalez (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) finished first in the 200 butterfly (1:58.58).

First-years Jeff Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) also notched first-place finishes. Stirling touched first in the 100 butterfly (52.74), while Washnock won the 200 back in a time of 1:56.19.

The W&L women (5-4) were paced by first-year Elizabeth Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Prep), who recorded a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:59.62) and also swam a leg on the 400 free relay team (3:44.89) that finished second.

First-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) won the 200 breast (2:31.47) and finished second in the 200 IM (2:18.46), while senior Jule Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) touched first in the 100 fly in a time of 1:01.95.

Junior Sarah Simpson (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) placed second in the 100 free (55.98) and swam a leg on the 400 free relay team, while senior Lindsay Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor's School) and junior Lynn Bazzel (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) wrapped up the Generals' leaders with second-place finishes. Strachan placed second in the 200 back (2:09.28), while Bazzel notched a second-place mark in the 100 breast (1:09.01).

The W&L swimming teams return to the pool on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at the Cal-Lutheran Invitational.

Men's Swimming at Emory Invitational

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team wrapped up the two-day Emory Invitational on Sunday.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) provided the highest individual finish for the Generals, as he came in third in the 100 free with a time of 48.56. Junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) finished sixth in the 100 free with time of 48.96.

First-year Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) captured a top-10 finish in the 200 back with a 1:58.97, good for ninth place. Junior Ian Childers (Ona, W. Va./Greater Latrobe) captured eighth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.77.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday with a tri-meet with Franklin & Marshall, Carnegie Mellon and Rochester hosted by F&M. The meet is set to get underway at 11:00 am.

Men's Swimming at Emory Invitational

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Washington and Lee men’s swim team traveled to Emory University to take part in the two-day Emory Invitational.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) captured the Generals’ lone individual title on Saturday, taking the 200 free in a time of 1:43.48. He also recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:59.68.

Other individual highlights for the Generals included three swimmers notching top-10 finishes in the 50 free as junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) took fourth (22.39), junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) captured sixth (22.41) and senior Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic) finished ninth (22.57). First-years Brian and Jeffrey Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) took fifth and sixth in the 100 fly with times of 53.46 and 53.49, respectively.

Team highlights included three relay teams taking second place. The 200 free relay team consisting of Talluri, the Stirling brothers and first-year Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook) took second with a time of 1:29.22. The 400 medley relay team of Diebold, Brian Stirling, junior Ian Childers (Ona, W. Va./Greater Latrobe) and first-year Brad Harder (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) captured a runner-up finish in 3:43.33. The 800 free relay took second in 7:17.41 and was made up of Crook, Diebold, senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) and first-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton).

 W&L will wrap up competition at the Emory Invitational on Sunday.

Swimming vs. Centre

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The W&L men’s and women’s swim teams were in action on Saturday afternoon, taking on Centre and DePauw in a meet held on the campus of the University of Louisville. The men came away with a pair of victories, while the women came up just short.

The men’s team posted a 192-92 win over Centre and defeated DePauw 155-139 to improve to 4-0 early in the season. The W&L women fell 155-116 to Centre and 166-112 to DePauw.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) headlined the event winners for the Generals as he notched three wins on the day. Crook captured the 200 free (1:43.94), the 500 free (4:53.65) and the 200 IM (1:56.44).

Joining Crook on the podium, was a quartet of first-years as Brad Harder (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) won the 100 back (54.72) Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) took the 200 fly (1:58.57), Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) captured the 100 fly (52.96) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) captured the 200 back in 1:58.13.

Junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee South) also won for the Generals, taking the 50 free in 22.24.

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School), the reigning ODAC Swimmer of the Year, led the W&L women’s team as she took the 200 back in 2:13.58 and placed second in the 100 back with a time of 2:13.58. First-year Lauren Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Preparatory) was a winner in the 500 free (5:20.30) and took second in the 1000 free (11:03.82). Junior Lynn Bazzell (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) added a second-place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 3:32.02.

But, it was first-year Kate Gibbs (Midothian, Va./Clover Hill) who provided the real highlight for the women’s team. Gibbs set a new Adapted American Swimming Record in the S9 classification of the 200 fly for a single-arm amputee as she notched a time of 2:31.29.

The women’s swim team returns to the pool on Friday when it hosts Randolph-Macon in an ODAC meet, while the men are off until the Emory Invitational on November 15.

Swimming vs. DePauw

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The W&L men’s and women’s swim teams were in action on Saturday afternoon, taking on Centre and DePauw in a meet held on the campus of the University of Louisville. The men came away with a pair of victories, while the women came up just short.

The men’s team posted a 192-92 win over Centre and defeated DePauw 155-139 to improve to 4-0 early in the season. The W&L women fell 155-116 to Centre and 166-112 to DePauw.

Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) headlined the event winners for the Generals as he notched three wins on the day. Crook captured the 200 free (1:43.94), the 500 free (4:53.65) and the 200 IM (1:56.44).

Joining Crook on the podium, was a quartet of first-years as Brad Harder (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) won the 100 back (54.72) Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) took the 200 fly (1:58.57), Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) captured the 100 fly (52.96) and Chris Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) captured the 200 back in 1:58.13.

Junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee South) also won for the Generals, taking the 50 free in 22.24.

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School), the reigning ODAC Swimmer of the Year, led the W&L women’s team as she took the 200 back in 2:13.58 and placed second in the 100 back with a time of 2:13.58. First-year Lauren Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Preparatory) was a winner in the 500 free (5:20.30) and took second in the 1000 free (11:03.82). Junior Lynn Bazzell (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett) added a second-place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 3:32.02.

But, it was first-year Kate Gibbs (Midothian, Va./Clover Hill) who provided the real highlight for the women’s team. Gibbs set a new Adapted American Swimming Record in the S9 classification of the 200 fly for a single-arm amputee as she notched a time of 2:31.29.

The women’s swim team returns to the pool on Friday when it hosts Randolph-Macon in an ODAC meet, while the men are off until the Emory Invitational on November 15.

Swimming at Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The W&L men’s and women’s swim teams took part in a dual meet with Transylvania on Friday evening and both teams came away with victories. The men improved to 2-0 with a 127-76 win, while the women evened their ledger at 1-1 with a 116-89 triumph.

First-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) was a double-winner for the women as she took the 100 breast in a school-record time of 1:08.96 and the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.47.

Also winning for the Generals were seniors Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) in the 100 back (1:03.26) and Julianne Miata (Valhalla, N.Y./Westlake) in the 100 fly (1:02.81). Sophomore Tess Hayden (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was a winner in the 500 free, touching in 5:26.38, while classmate Lauren Starnes (Harrison, Tenn./Girls Preparatory) won the 1000 free in 11:07.99.

The W&L women also received one relay win as the 200 medley team of Strachan, Fredericks, Miata and junior Jenna Worsham (Cumming, Ga./Wesleyan School) recorded a 1:55.32 on its way to victory.

On the men’s side, junior Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) recorded an individual win and was a part of two winning relays to lead the Generals to their second win in as many chances.

Talluri won the 100 free in 49.73 and teamed with first-years Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Bradley Harder (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and junior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) to take the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.40. The 200 free relay won with a time of 1:30.05 and consisted of Talluri, Stirling, senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) and junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee South).

Barnds was an individual winner in the 50 free (22.68), and was clocked at 1:03.12 in taking the 100 breast. Senior Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) recorded a time of 10:28.93 in winning the 1000 free. First-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) won the 200 free with a time of 1:48.58 and sophomore Brandon Wilder (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) rounded out the winners for W&L with a victory in the 100 fly (55.19).

Both the men’s and women’s teams are in action on Saturday in a tri-meet with DePauw and Centre. The meet, which is being held at the University of Louisville, is set to begin at 1:00 pm.

Swimming vs. Mary Washington

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s swimming teams split with visiting Mary Washington to open the 2008-09 season. The W&L men came away 170-92 winners, while the women fell 152-110.

10 event victories (eight individual, two relays) highlighted what was a solid opening meet for the W&L men’s swim team. Junior Winston Stagg (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) won both the 100 breast (1:02.79) and the 200 breast (2:18.65) as well as taking part in the 200 medley relay that won with a time of 1:38.53 to lead the Generals. Joining Stagg on the medley relay team were first-year Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), junior Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee) and senior Paul Crook (Nashville Tenn./Montgomery Bell). The team of Crook, Stirling, senior Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) and first-year Bradley Harder (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) captured the 400 free relay in a time of 3:18.67.

Other individual winners for the men included junior Dan Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemount) in the 1000 free (10:19.51), Crook in the 200 free (1:44.15) and the 500 free (4:47.99), Harder in the 100 back (55.52), first-year Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) in the 200 butterfly (2:00.66), first-year Christopher Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville) taking the 200 back in 1:59.61.

On the women’s side, first-year Dana Fredericks (Yorktown, Va./York) was a two-time winner in her college debut. Fredericks took the 100 breast in 1:10.41 and followed that up with a win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.25.

Senior Lindsey Strachan (Midlothian, Va./Governor’s School) was also an individual winner for the women, taking the 200 back in 2:13.80.

The women are in action next Saturday when they host the ODAC Fall Invitational, while the men return to the pool on October 31, when they travel to Transylvania.