School Records Fall to Keydet Men at CCSA Championships
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ATHENS, Ga. – The VMI men’s swimming and diving team broke three school records Friday, as action continued at the CCSA Championships, contested on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

The Keydet records fell in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 medley relay and the 800 free. Freshman Stephen Lloyd set the new mark in the 100 breast, as in the preliminaries, he clocked in at 59.86 to become the first VMI swimmer to break the minute barrier. He then followed that up by finishing 14th overall in the event. Lloyd broke a record previously set in 1988 by Rick Donovan, and broke his own VMI freshman record from earlier in the season.

In the 200 medley relay, two different records fell. In the finals, Matt Dale, Marcus Sutter, Thomas Brown and Connor McMahon teamed up for a fourth-place finish and a varsity record time of 1:38.47. Meanwhile, the preliminaries had seen Lloyd team with classmates Thomas Corbett, Jake Shafer and John Kelly to set a new freshman record time of 1:39.34.

In the 800 free relay, it was Lloyd and Shafer joining James Goodwillie and Jeff Whiteman for a new program record of 7:07.70.

The record-breaking performances put the Keydets in fourth place after day two, thanks to 251 total points. The Keydets lead Howard (170), while College of Charleston (637.5), Davidson (591.5) and Gardner-Webb (481.5) hold down the top three spots.

In other outings Friday, it was Nate Myers earning his first All-CCSA finish, as he placed third in the 1-meter diving event. Myers recorded a score of 201.80, and led a Keydet sweep of the 3-5 spots, as Dallas Disbro finished fourth and Mitch Sikes placed fifth.

Joining the aforementioned Lloyd in the 100 breast was Marcus Sutter, who finished 16th to score at the CCSA’s for the first time. Sutter timed in at 1:02.38 to earn the result.

The Keydets had four swimmers in the 400 IM, led by senior James Goodwillie, who finished 11th in 4:14.09. Nick Mathis was 14th (4:22.29), while Kodiak Bowers’ 4:24.42 time placed him 15th. Benji Howard rounded out the B final qualifiers, placing 16th in 4:35.68.

The 100 fly was also kind to the Keydets, as three swimmers made the B final. Jake Shafer led the way, as he clocked in at 52.99, good enough for 13th place. Shafer was under three-tenths of a second shy of his second freshman program record in as many days. Also scoring in the 100 fly were Thomas Brown (14th/53.16) and Jack Sullivan (55.85/16th).

A day after scoring in the 500 free, Jeff Whiteman did so in the 200-yard version of the discipline as well. Whiteman clocked in at 1:48.29 to finish 14th, while Mark Schumacher finished 16th in the event.

Finally, senior Matt Dale finished 16th in the 100 back, clocking in at 55.23.

VMI swimming and diving will return to action Saturday, as the team wraps up its season on the final day of the CCSA Championships. Action gets underway at 10 a.m.