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Shoremen Men's Swimming Win Eight Medals, Break Eight Records at Centennial Champs

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LANCASTER, PA -- The Washington College men's swim team won eight medals and broke school records in eight events at the Centennial Conference Championships held Friday, yesterday, and today at Franklin & Marshall College.  The Shoremen finished fifth of seven teams in the final team point standings.

Freshman Eric Burcin (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) won gold medals in both breaststroke events. In the 100 breaststroke, he finished in 58.54, breaking the school record of 58.68 he had set in the preliminaries.  That time broke a record which had stood for 16 years. In the 200 breaststroke, Burcin won gold in a Washington College season-best and NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying time of 2:05.59 to become the Shoremen's second-fastest swimmer ever in the event.

Sophomore Greg Lee (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) swam a pair of NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying times in the 100 butterfly, breaking a 16-year old school record with a 50.37 in the preliminaries and breaking the record again by swimming a 50.27 to take silver in the final. In the 200 butterfly, Lee took bronze in 1:55.94 after swimming a school-record 1:54.31 in the preliminaries.  In the 200 individual medley, Lee placed fifth in 1:56.40 after swimming a WC season-best 1:55.73 in the preliminaries to become the Shoremen's second-fastest swimmer ever in the event.  Lee also led off the 200 freestyle relay with a 21.50 to become the Shoremen's fourth-fastest ever 50 freestyle swimmer.

Freshman Lucas Morgan (Allendale, NJ/Northern Highlands Regional) took silver in the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.04 to become the Shoremen's third-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Morgan was fifth in the 400 individual medley in 4:10.45 after swimming a WC season-best 4:10.30 to improve upon his standing as the Shoremen's second-fastest swimmer ever in that event. He was seventh in the 200 individual medley in 1:58.78 after swimming a 1:58.57 in the preliminaries to become the Shoremen's fourth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. The gold and silver finishes by Burcin and Morgan, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke marked the first time the Shoremen have ever taken the top two spots in the same event at a Centennial Conference Championship meet.

That 200 freestyle relay captured silver for the Shoremen as Lee, sophomore Austin Yocum (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest), Burcin, and freshman Sean Stevens (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) broke a 15-year old school record with a time of 1:25.37. Freshman Charles Logan (Durham, NC/Riverside), Burcin, Lee, and Stevens won silver in the 200 medley relay in a school-record time of 1:34.80.  Logan, Burcin, Lee, and Yocum broke a 15-year old school record by taking bronze in the 400 medley relay in 3:30.42. Washington's 400 freestyle relay finished just out of the medals as Lee, Yocum, freshman DJ Bradshaw (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall), and Stevens took fourth in a school-record 3:11.73.

Yocum broke his own school record in the 500 freestyle by finishing 11th in 4:48.65.  He was 10th in the 200 freestyle in a WC season-best 1:44.79 to become the Shoremen's second-fastest swimmer ever in that event.  In the 100 freestyle, he placed 12th in 48.63 after swimming a 48.56 in the preliminaries to become the Shoremen's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in that event. 

Stevens finished ninth in the 50 freestyle in a WC season-best 21.61 to become the Shoremen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in that event and 10th in the 100 freestyle in 48.12 after swimming a WC season-best 48.11 in the preliminaries to become the Shoremen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in that event.

Logan placed 10th in the 100 backstroke in 55.87 and 10th in the 200 backstroke in a WC season-best 2:01.35 to become the Shoremen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event . He led off the 400 medley relay with a 54.80 backstroke leg, recording the Shoremen's best 100 backstroke time of the season and becoming the Shoremen's fifth-fastest 100 backstroke swimmer ever.

Freshman Chris Kelly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) placed 15th in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.26 to become the Shoremen's sixth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Sophomore Steven Bilinski (Swarthmore, PA/Strath Haven) tied for 13th in the 100 butterfly in 54.82, while junior Tad Derrick(Virginia Beach, VA/First Colonial) was 14th in the 400 individual medley in 4:41.68. Freshman Sean DiFatta (Baldwin, MD/John Carroll) placed 15th in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.59 and was 17th in the 1650 freestyle in 17:45.53 to become the Shoremen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event, while Bradshaw placed 15th in the 100 backstroke in 58.06. 

Selections for the NCAA Division III Championships will be announced March 6th.  That will be the day when Burcin and Lee find out whether their provisional qualifying times will be good enough to earn a spot at the championships, which will be held March 20-23 in Shenandoah, TX.

Gettysburg College finished atop the team standings this weekend to win the 2013 Centennial Conference Championship. 

Washington College Gold Medals

Eric Burcin - 100 breaststroke - 58.54 (school record)

Eric Burcin - 200 breaststroke - 2:05.59 (NCAA "B Cut" time)

Washington College Silver Medals

Greg Lee, Austin Yocum, Eric Burcin, Sean Stevens - 200 freestyle relay - 1:25.37 (school record)

Charles Logan, Eric Burcin, Greg Lee, Sean Stevens - 200 medley relay - 1:34.80 (school record)

Greg Lee - 100 butterfly - 50.27 (school record & NCAA "B Cut" time)

Lucas Morgan - 200 breaststroke - 2:09.04

Washington College Bronze Medals

Charles Logan, Eric Burcin, Greg Lee, Austin Yocum - 400 medley relay - 3:30.42 (school record)

Greg Lee - 200 butterfly - 1:55.94

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