Date: February 19, 2004
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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NINE W&L SWIMMERS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
Generals Win Inaugural Bluegrass Mountain Conference Title
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Nine members of the 14th-ranked
Washington and Lee men's swimming team received All-Bluegrass Mountain
Conference (BMC) honors for their performances at the conference championships
In the conference's first season, the Generals combined for seven event
championships, a pair of school records, a conference record and a pool
record on their way to the conference crown.
Seniors Eric Ritter (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), Drew Catanese (Southampton,
Mass./Suffield Academy) and Paul Laraia (Houston, Texas/Memorial), junior
Chris Colby (Ossining, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac), sophomores Clark Barrineau
(Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) and Reed Evans (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro
Day), and freshmen Michael Ginder (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) and Ben
Accinelli (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) were all named to the conference first
Ginder highlighted the championships with co-swimmer of the meet honors
after winning the 100 Free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 46.42,
and taking top honors in the 200 Free with an NCAA B cut time
and school-record 1:41.61. He also joined Ritter, Accinelli and Catanese
with a school record in the 200 Medley Relay (1:36.59).
Ritter claimed a first-place finish and an NCAA "B" cut time
in the 100 Back (52.20) and a conference and pool record in the 200 Back
with an NCAA "B" cut time (1:52.92). He also joined Ginder,
Catanese and Accinelli on the 400 Medley Relay team (3:30.66).
Barrineau rounded out the Generals' event winners with top honors in the
1000 Free (9:48.54) while freshman Kevin Hayes (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer
Island) earned al-conference honors with third in both the 200 IM (1:57.26)
and the 400 IM (4:14.14).
The Generals concluded their regular season with a perfect 7-0 dual meet
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