Mason Watkins ’15
The Hampden-Sydney Swimming Team traveled to sister school Sweet Briar College for a meet against Randolph-Macon. The Tigers swam against Randolph-Macon’s men while Sweet Briar College swam against their women. Even though the Yellowjackets took first place in many of the events, the Tigers secured a couple of first place finishes as well. John Bishop’13 took first place in the Boys 400 SC Meter Freestyle and freshman Evan Harris came in behind him at second place. In the Boys 100 SC Meter Breaststroke, Hampden-Sydney secured first, second, and third place with Alton Brieskey’16, Treavor Hartwell’16, and Jake Simon’16, respectively. The Hampden-Sydney Swimming Team also took first place in the Boys 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay as the Tigers’ A Team secured first and the B Team second. A couple of second place finished helped give the Tigers some much needed points. Treavor Hartwell’16 came in at second in the Boys 50 SC Meter Freestyle and the Tigers’ A Team took second place in the Boys 200 SC Meter Medley Relay. The final score had Hampden-Sydney losing by a score of 113-81, leaving them with an overall record of 2-1. Despite the loss, the Tigers have begun showing great potential in competitive swimming. It has only been two years since the swimming team was first created by senior Ke Shang. When asked about the performance of the Tigers in recent competitions, Shang said that the potential of the team is beginning to show in their results. Shang mentioned that an abundance of freshman on the team is a good sign for the future. He made it clear that swimming is not being taken as seriously as some of the other sports that have been long established at the college by the athletics department. The Hampden-Sydney Swimming Team is still a new addition in the college’s athletics program and is only going to grow.