W&L Women's Swimming Sweeps Meet With Ferrum and VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's swim team recorded eight first-place finishes to post a 133-64 win over VMI and a 134-62 win over Ferrum at the Cy Twombly pool on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals started the meet off strong, picking up first place in the 200 medley relay. Sophomores Stephanie Foster (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) and Sarah Schaffer (Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton Warrenville South) along with junior Caroline Hamp (Avon Lake, Ohio / Elyria Catholic) and senior Meredith Hardy (Cary, N.C. / Athens Drive) teamed up to post a time of 1:52.13.

First-year Elisabeth Holmes (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham B. Broughton) picked up yet another first-place finish in the 1000 free, touching the wall in 10:52.84. Junior Sydney Gay (Henrico, Va. / Henrico) (11:28.19) and sophomore Lindsey Gilbert (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) (11:45.19) finished second and third, respectively.

The Generals swept another event, with first-year Natalie Brendsel (Oakton, Va. / Flint Hill) placing first in the 200 free with a time of 2:01.25 and first-years Monica Flocken (Solon, Ohio / Gilmour Academy) and Abigail Sterns (Brussels, Belgium / Orcutt Academy - Brussels American School) coming in second and third with times of 2:04.34 and 2:05.21.

First-year Emily Rollo (Haddonfield, N.J. / Haddonfield Memorial) led four Generals in the 100 back by placing first with a time of 1:03.05. Foster placed second (1:03.31), Hamp place third (1:04.30) and first-year Rachel Baker (Winston Salem, N.C. / Forsyth Country Day) placed fourth (1:05.47).

W&L followed that performance with another clean sweep, with sophomore Emma Swabb (Erie, Pa. / McDowell) (1:12.35) leading the way in the 100 breast. First-year Jillian Leigh (Old Greenwich, Conn. / Greenwich) (1:14.25) finished second, while juniors Mary Gabe (Mequon, Wis. / Homestead) and Hannah Melkun (Fredericksburg, Va. / Stafford) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Senior Lauren Kassoff (Owings Mills, Md. / Saint Paul's) picked up first-place finish in the 200 fly (2:15.75), and Hardy added to her already impressive day with a first-place spot in the 50 free (25.55) and the 100 free (55.57).

The Generals will return to the pool on February 7 for day one of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimming Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.

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