Washington and Lee Generals Shine Again At ODAC Night Two

Photo Courtesy: Washington and Lee Athletics

By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

Women’s Meet:

Washington and Lee started the night in winning fashion, beating their own meet and open record in the 200 medley relay. Stephanie FosterSarah SchafferKira Tomenchok, and Elle Chancey went a 1:45.46, a half second under the NCAA B cut. Emory and Henry’s Jessica RichardsonMichaela NolteClaire Goodrum, and Taylor Guardalabene snagged second (1:47.96). Randolph-Macon was back at 1:51.92 for third, with the team of Kata KylliainenAlexis CampbellRachel Leigh, and Megan Granger.

W&L teammates Haylee Rademann and Emma Swabb had a great race in the 400 IM. Rademann lead the entire way, and held on for the win, 4:38.66 to 4:38.88. Guardalabene finished third in a 4:44.83.

The Generals swept the podium in the 100 butterfly. Cassidy Fuller lowered her prelims ODAC records, stopping the clock at 56.84 tonight. Tomenchok settled for second in 58.36 while Mara Tynan finished third (59.15).

W&L teammates Elisabeth Holmes and Elle Chancey swam an intense race in the 200 freestyle. Chancey closed strong, but Holmes was first to the wall, breaking her own meet and ODAC record with a final time of 1:52.66, ahead of Chancey’s 1:52.92. Both swimmers slid under the NCAA B cut. Teammate Jordan Watson finished third (1:56.37).

Nolte couldn’t quite match her morning speed, but the Wasps’s Junior was still first to the wall in a 1:04.50, for the 100 breaststroke title. Schaffer finished second (1:06.68), while Hollins’ Claire Webber rounded out the top three (1:07.31).

W&L’s Emily Rollo managed to go even faster tonight, dropping the ODAC records to 55.73 in the 100 backstroke. Teammate Stephanie Foster was just out touched by E&H’s Jessica Richardson 58.06 to 58.10.

Despite not quite repeating their speed from the individual 200s, the Generals ran away with the 800 freestyle relay. Watson, Tynan, Abigail Sterns, and Holmes stopped the clock at 7:50.85. The Wasps turned in a second-place 8:02.72 with swims from Holly RothClaire GoodrumMarina Moore, and Guardalabene. The Yellow Jackets rounded out the top three as Kylliainen, Mollie SmithSierra Collins, and Granger recorded an 8:07.21.

Men’s Meet:

Tommy Thetford proved that last night’s 18.99 split was not a fluke, clocking a 19.10 on the 200 medley relay tonight. He combined with teammates Andrew BotelhoTrent Babcock, and Thomas Ferguson for an ODAC record and NCAA B cut time of 1:31.79. Randolph-Macon was well back in second. Ivan FadeyevJosh CarterRobert Redenz, and Mohamed Saleh stopped the clock at 1:36.54. Hudson ElmoreJohn DickersonConor O’Heir, and Ryan Mitchell earned third (1:41.24) for Hampden-Sydney.

Fadeyev came up short of his own record, but still won the Conference Title with a 4:06.46 in the 400 IM. Thomas Caldwell finished second (4:08.01) for the Generals, while his freshman teammate Austin Jennings touched third (4:11.63).

Noah Schammel (50.51), Ferguson (50.91), and Austin Choi (53.05) completed a podium sweep for the Generals in the 100 butterfly. W&L swept the podium again in the 200 freestyle. Thetford decimated his own meet (1:43.62) and open (1:40.29) records, touching the wall in 1:37.76. Sam Childress was just off the old meet record in 1:43.65, just ahead of teammate Corey Connelly (1:43.70).

Randolph-Macon’s Redenz was back to top form tonight, beating his own ODAC records in the 100 breaststroke. The Junior’s 57.54 finished well ahead of teammate Carter (59.62) in third and W&L’s Babcock (58.71) in second.

Saleh was dominant in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 51.45, nearly two seconds ahead of Botelho (53.13). W&L’s Patrick Lawrence finished third (54.00).

In the 800 freestyle relay, W&L put together a team of Connelly, Caldwell, Thomas Agostini, and Childress to finish in 7:00.71. The Yellow Jackets’ Redenz, Carter, Fadeyev, and Daniel Whitehead touched in 7:12.53 for second. Third went to Hampden-Sydney’s Elmore, O’Heir, Dickerson, and Mitchell (7:49.65).

Team Scores (Through Event 24):


  1. Washington and Lee 703
  2. Randolph-Macon 410
  3. Hampden-Sydney 322
  4. Ferrum 38


  1. Washington and Lee 698.5
  2. Emory and Henry 444
  3. Randolph-Macon 344.5
  4. Bridgewater 195
  5. Hollins 124
  6. Greensboro 123
  7. Sweet Briar 123
  8. Notre Dame (MD) 83
  9. Ferrum 73
  10. Guilford 62

Women’s Results: 2016 Old Dominion Athletic Conference: Day Two Women – Results

Men’s Results: 2016 Old Dominion Athletic Conference: Day Two Men – Results

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