Swim and Dive Finish Season, Break School Records

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The VMI swimming and diving teams finished their season, adding many new school records and freshmen records to the books.—America East Conference Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams broke several school records during the America East Conference Championships April 23-25. For the swimmers, the women finished seventh overall, and the men finished fourth. The diving championships were held earlier, April 17-18.

London Yerasimides ’23 scored 184.70 for the top VMI women’s place in the 3M dive, in ninth. She was the top VMI finisher in the 3M dive as well, with a score of 172.35 for 11th place.

Bridger Thurston ’23 was VMI’s men’s top finisher in the 1M dive with a score of 222.40 in sixth place. He also led the VMI men in the 3M dive, with a score of 216.10 for fifth place.

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The swimmers broke several school records during the three-day championship competition and recorded several new freshman top marks.

The men’s 100 breaststroke record was set twice. Chase Lane ’24 was eighth in the 100 breast in 56.60 to break sophomore Jack Sheehan’s [’23] record, until Sheehan took back his spot in the record book in the next heat, finishing sixth in 56.40. Lane does now hold the school freshman record in the event.

The Keydet women broke several school records, as well. Anne Bowles ’24 finished 13th in the women’s 100 breast in 106.73, while Sophie Svoboda ’22 was 16th in the 200 free in 1:56.08. Sarah Liebenow ’24 set a new freshman record in the 400 IM in 4:59.72. Svoboda broke her own school record in the women’s 100 free, finishing 16th in 53.27. Bowles set a new freshman mark in the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.76, taking 16th.

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