WC men’s swim team first in every event

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The Wilmington College men’s swim team dove into the pool Saturday in a non-OAC dual meet against Hiram College and posted a 128 to 33 win.

The men, whose record thus far this season is 3-1, took home all 13 event titles, including relays.

“This meet was another step in the right direction for us,” said WC coach Trip Breen. “It was a win for both the men and the women, and we had the opportunity to swim a lot of different events. A lot of people swam events we wouldn’t typically see them in. Being able to put some people in new events will help us a lot with our invitational (this) weekend where people will be swimming events that they’ll swim in our conference meet, for the first time this season.”

A usual force for the Fightin’ Quakers, sophomore Andrew Stewart, a Clinton-Massie graduate, opened the meet with an individual win for the men in the 200 meter freestyle (2:08.55). Stewart also competed as an exhibition swimmer in the 400 meter freestyle (4:38.12), where he would have finished second, had he scored.

Senior David Spraul brought home the next first place finish for the team in the 50 meter backstroke (29.14). He also brought home first in the 100 meter backstroke (1:04.96).

Freshman Freddie Snowden clocked in, in first place in the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 33.29. Snowden also finished second in the 100 meter individual medley (1:07.65).

Senior Erik Spraul touched the wall first in both the 100 meter butterfly (1:03.92) and the 400 meter freestyle (4:27.85).

Junior Alex Tillapaugh placed first in the 50 meter freestyle for the Fightin’ Quakers (25.72) and the 100 meter breaststroke (1:17.67).

Senior Brendan Tirado finished first in the 100 meter freestyle (59.14). Tirado also competed in the 200 meter freestyle, but as an exhibition swimmer. His time of 2:05.21 would have put him in first place, had he scored in that event.

Junior David Bellus clocked in with a 29.40 in the 50 meter butterfly for first place. He also competed as an exhibition swimmer in the 100 meter butterfly where he finished in 1:05.03.

Junior Cody Nash took home first in the 100 meter individual medley for the Fightin’ Quakers (1:06.47). Nash also finished second in the 200 meter freestyle (2:12.94).

The team of sophomore Lawrence Daya, Nash, Tillapaugh, and Erik Spraul finished first in the 200 meter medley relay with a time of 1:55.21.

Erik Spraul, David Spraul, sophomore Andrew Haga, and freshman Jared Shoemaker came together to form an exhibition 200 meter freestyle relay. Though this relay did not score, they still finished first in the field with a time of 1:47.80.

The Fightin’ Quakers head to their first invitational of the season, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University, on Saturday and Sunday.

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