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DAVIDSON, N.C.- The VMI men's swimming & diving team competed at the Davidson Invitational the weekend of Novmeber 18-20, finishing in fifth place among a talented field of teams.

"The Davidson Invitational is faster than our conference championship meet, and going up against those teams brings out good racing from our swimmers," said VMI head coach Bill Nicholson. "Most of the teams there were shaved and taped, which made it even more challenging. I was happy with how our team performed, guys like Peter Borchelt hit their championship times from last year, and Brandon Harrington and Chris Beyer put up their fastest pretape and shave times ever. I think it is important to run into teams that are better then the ones you will see at your conference meet, and this past weekend was very valuable in our pursuit of the NEC title."

Leading the Keydets' charge on the weekend was Borchelt (Evans, Ga./Evans), who swam a 58.38 second time in the 100 backstroke to finish in 12th, while his 2:06 time in the 200 backstroke earned him an 11th place finish. Sophomore diver Brendon Geoghagen (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) took third place in the three-meter diving event, while teammate Kyle Madden placed fourth in the event.

Freshman Mike Brown (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) scored a 13th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly and a 19th place finish in the 100 yard freestyle as well as contributing on several relays for the Keydets. Sophomore Chris Beyer (Reston, Va./Flint Hill) placed 17th with a time of 5:15 in the 500 freestyle, while also coming in 12th in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 18:22.