All told, the Keydets finished with 338.5 points, ahead of Howard’s 235. College of Charleston squeaked by Davidson – 890.5 to 884.5 – to win the CCSA title, with Gardner-Webb placing third with 717.5 markers.
One varsity record fell to the Keydets on Saturday, and it came in the 200 fly, where Jake Shafer won the B final with a ninth-place finish and a time of 1:55.40. The record had stood for 15 years. Jack Sullivan also made the finals of the 200 fly, where he finished 13th. Sullivan had scored in the 100-yard version of the discipline earlier in the meet.
In the 100 free, the Keydets had six swimmers advance to the B final. Connor McMahon would pace the group by winning that event and finishing ninth overall, doing so in a VMI freshman record time of 47.34. John Kelly was 10th overall in 47.59, while Thomas Brown’s 13th-place effort came on the strength of a 49.33 second time. Kodiak Bowers and Stephen Lloyd tied for 14th, with a 49.34 clocking, and Chris Dreikorn rounded out the top-16 with a 49.77 time.
The 200 back saw the final individual events for two accomplished Keydet seniors, as Matt Dale and James Goodwillie wrapped up their careers. Goodwillie finished 12th with a 1:57.42 time, while Dale placed 15th in 2:00.35.
In a similar fashion, the 200 breast marked David Hayes’ final individual event as a collegian. Hayes placed 13th in 2:15.49, while freshman Nick Mathis finished 15th, clocking in at 2:21.95.
Finally, in the 1650 free, Jeff Whiteman finished his solid meet with a 13th-place finish (17:38.90), while Benji Howard was 14th (18:01.25) in his final collegiate swim.
The meet wrapped up the VMI swimming and diving careers of an accomplished senior class, including Goodwillie, Dale, Hayes, Howard and Dallas Disbro, among others.