By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
Last season, the Washington College Men’s Swimming did nothing short of shocking the competition, winning 10 of their 11 regular season events, a school record, and placing fourth in the Centennial Conference championships, their highest placed finish in 14 years. A strong underclass led the team to their strongest season in years, and is ready to continue their success as they enter the 2014-15 season. After two impressive wins to start the winter season, the Shoremen look right on track.
Seniors Steven Biliniski, Greg Lee, and Austin Yocum lead this season’s squad. Lee, throughout his successful career at WC, has earned eight medals in Centennial Conference Championship events, a 2013 College Swimming Coaches Association Scholar All-American honor, and two team Most Valuable Player awards. Lee has high hopes for his team this season and is especially excited for one of the year’s most competitive events.
“One of the events that we are really looking forward to is the Randolph Macon Invitational in December,” said Lee. “There is going to be some tough competition at the meet this year. As a small team, winning invitational meets is particularly challenging. Bringing home the first place would generate a lot of confidence in our team and positive energy for the rest of the season.”
Lee and the seniors are joined by a solid group of juniors and sophomores who are eager to repeat their dominance. Junior Lucas Morgan looks to add to his already stellar career. Through just two seasons, Lucas has amassed three conference championship medals, two individual school records in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle events, and ranks in the top 10 all-time at WC in five events.
Four freshman, Finny Dorsch, Kevin Mackenzie, Alex Symmes, and Cody Weiler, round out this year’s roster.
“This is a huge season for the men’s swim team,” said Lee. “Before our championship meet in February, it’s all about staying competitive with teams like Dickinson and Ursinus. If we can keep the momentum and fast swimming through those meets, we will have another great season.”
After a strong display at Franklin and Marshall for their first win of the season, the Shoremen showed another dominating performance against non-conference rival Salisbury, winning nine of 11 events and finishing with a score of 136-67. The Shoremen are now 23-2 all-time against the Seagulls. Lee, Weiler, Mackenzie, and sophomore Pat Elliot claimed the 200-meter medley relay, showing off the team’s depth through all classes. Mackenzie won his first individual race after a first place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke event.
Hoping to continue their success, the Shoremen fell to conference rival Gettysburg in WC’s first home event. The Shoremen’s only regular season lost last season came against the Bullets. The two schools were ties 122-122 before the final event, where Gettysburg emerged victorious. Morgan gave a strong performance in the event, winning the 1000-meter freestyle and the 200-meter breaststroke.
The Shoremen return to the pool on Nov. 21 at St. Marys College of Maryland for a non-conference event.