Newcomers Shine in Men's Swimming Loss to Tigers

Newcomers Shine in Men's Swimming Loss to Tigers

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University men's swim team fell, 169-64, to Hampden-Sydney Sunday afternoon at home.

Despite the loss, the Marlin newcomers had a solid day in the pool, upending numerous Virginia Wesleyan records. Max Currens took down a pair of distance records including the 500-yard free (6:09.67) which was bettered by 16 seconds and the 1000-yard free (12:32.64) which was bettered by nearly 40 seconds.

Tyler Strong continued his impressive first year in a Marlin swim cap, not only topping the field in the backstroke races but also taking down school records. The freshman touched the wall at the 59.38 mark in the 100-yard backstroke, before clocking a 2:10.39 in the 200-yard backstroke.

The Marlins also set a new precedent in the 200-yard free relay as the combination of David Mosley-Heath, Currens, Chase McLaughlin and Strong rang in a 1:35.86, dropping the mark almost four seconds.

Men's swimming will be back in the pool on Dec. 1 as the team heads to Lexington,Va. For the two-day Washington and Lee Invite.