Mason Watkins ’15
In their third and fourth meet, the Hampden-Sydney swimming team took first place and fifth place respectively.
Their forth meet, which occurred on November 12 against two other schools, Davis & Elkins and Hollins University, saw the Hampden-Sydney swimming team secure a convincing first place victory with a score of 126-34. Led by senior Ke Shang and freshmen Alton Brieske, Daniel Moyers and Andy Snow, the Tigers took first place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:49:78. The 50 freestyle proved to be another strong performance as freshman Treavor Hartwell took first place, followed by Andy Snow in second and Lee Ayscue in third. Excluding the 500 freestyle, the Tigers grabbed first place in every (male) event. Moyers swam HSC’s fastest 100 yard fly for the season at 1:08:03 and Brieske the fastest in the 200 yard IM at 2:17:81.
Ke Shang has been a leader for the swim team since its inception last year
In a two-day event hosted by Randolph-Macon, the Hampden-Sydney swimming team came in fifth place out of the seven teams invited. With a score of 323.5, the Tigers came within 17 points of fourth place West Virginia University-Tech and 27.5 points of third place Marymount University. Randolph-Macon finished in second place while swimming powerhouse Washington & Lee took a dominating first place spot. While the Tigers did not grab any first place finishes throughout the meet, they did record a number of season best times. Shang recorded a new season best for the Tigers in both the 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard butterfly. Snow also recorded a number of season bests, swimming a 53.82 in the 100 yard freestyle and a 2:03:37 in the 200 yard freestyle.
Shang has been very optimistic about the future of the Hampden-Sydney swimming team since it was founded only one year ago. Many steps have been made to insure that the swimming department continues to grow. On December 14, three-time Olympic champion (1992 & 1996) and former record-holder Jeff Rouse will come to HSC to meet and have dinner with the swimming team. Rouse will be accompanied by his very own gold medals. When talking about the visit, Shang said that it’s “a BIG event for us. Not many schools have a chance like that!” Not only is the school organizing events like this for the swim team but the decision has also been made to ‘reinvent’ the pool. Accompanied by swim team members themselves, the school will paint the floor of the pool and its surrounding walls in garnet and gray.
The Tigers will compete again on Friday, December 7 at Greensboro. Friday’s meet will be the last meet of the year for the swim team.