W&L Men's Swimmers Honored by Bluegrass Mountain Conference
Total of 13 Swimmers Garner All-Conference Recognition
Dan AustinLexington, Va. • April 1, 2009
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The Washington and Lee men’s swimming team recently had a number of swimmers named to the All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference (BMC) team following its third-place finish at the conference meet.
The 13 swimmers that W&L had honored included seniors Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), Chris Diebold (Platte City, Mo./Lansdale Catholic) and Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton), juniors Dan Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont), Brandon Barnds (Mission Hills, Kan./Shawnee), John Giesen (Hoover, Ala./Paul Laurence Dunbar) and Nick Talluri (Mount Airy, N.C./Mount Airy) and first-years Frank Cullo (Sewickley, Pa./Central Catholic), Ian Dexter (Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook), Robert Grattan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal), Ryan Hartman (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), Brian Stirling (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) and Christopher Washnock (Greer, S.C./Greenville).
Austin headlined the individuals at the BMC Championship as he finished in second-place in the 1000 free in a school-record time of 9:40.92. Giesen took fourth (9:44.97) and Cullo grabbed fifth (9:46.98) in the same event. Washnock recorded a third-place finish in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.84 and a fifth-place finish in the 400 individual medley (4:07.78). Talluri finished sixth in the 100 free (46.57) to round out the individual placings.
W&L’s 400 free relay team of Crook, Stirling, Barnds and Talluri took third in 3:02.83, while the 200 free relay team (Dexter, Barnds, Talluri, Tatman) touched in fourth-place with a time of 1:23.26. The 800 free relay team (Crook, Diebold, Hartman, Tatman) finished in fifth-place in 6:55.91.
The Generals 400 medley relay squad (Crook, Diebold, Stirling, Grattan) finished in fifth-place with a time of 3:29.42, while the 200 medley relay team (Diebold, Stirling, Grattan, Barnds) also took fifth with a time of 1:34.73.
Washington and Lee finished in third-place at the BMC meet and followed that up by finishing tied for 36th at the NCAA meet.