Since this story first ran, the men’s swimming team has been recognized for another impressive achievement. Both the men’s and women’s swim teams have been awarded Team Scholar All-America status for the Fall 2013 semester by the College Swimming Coaches Association. To qualify for the award, the team must finish with a team grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the fall semester.
In addition to this honor, the men’s team already has a long list of accomplishments for the season:
Best-ever 9-1 dual-meet record; first-place finish at the Randolph-Macon Invitational; ten medals won at the Centennial Conference Championships; 12 school records broken at least once during the season.
That’s the kind of season it has been for the Washington College men’s swimming team. For the first time in 18 years, the Shoremen beat Franklin & Marshall; for the first time in 14 years they beat Dickinson; for the first time in 13 years they beat Swarthmore; and for the first time in 14 years they finished in the top four in the team standings at the Centennial Conference Championships.
The stupendous season earned Coach Kim Lessard, inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame in 2006, her first-ever Men’s Coach of the Year honors from her peers in the Centennial Conference.
“This year was fun, not just for winning but for how much the team enjoyed being together and working together,” Lessard says. “They all pushed each other each day in practice, many arriving at seven in the morning during this cold winter. They never missed or made excuses.” She also gave kudos to the assistant coaches, Matt Harris and Jillian Hancock, and to the strength and conditioning coaches, Jonnie Jenkins and Larry Kline.
Brent Hochstein ’17 was named Outstanding Rookie Performer at the Centennial Conference Championship, where he won the gold medal in the 400 individual medley while breaking the conference, championship and College records in the process. He added his second gold of the meet by winning the 200 butterfly in a school-record of 1:54.09.
Hochstein and Lucas Morgan ’16 earned All-Centennial Conference Honors, and Robert Mix ’14 is representing the team on the 2014 Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team for winter sports.
Nine Shoremen—over half of the team’s roster —won at least one medal at the Championships. Morgan won the silver medal in the 200 breaststroke, while Eric Burcin’16 captured two individual bronze medals, placing third in the 100 breaststroke in and third in the 200 breaststroke. Greg Lee ’15 won the bronze medal in the 100 butterfly.
Look for more records to splash next winter, since all of the Shoremen’s 2014 Centennial Conference medalists are underclassmen, and underclassmen hold 10 of the school’s 14 individual records.