Men’s Swimming Team Debuts for the First Time

Luke Montalbano, Sports Writer •

There have been a lot of new teams on the rise at Emory & Henry, including men’s and women’s golf, track and field, and men’s swimming. Last Friday and Saturday, the men’s swimming team competed in their first ever event at Sewanee University. Unfortunately for the Wasps, they did not get out to the start that they wanted to for their program, as they finished fifth out of seven teams, with a final score of 52 points.

Sophomore Wilson Naff (Marion, VA) competed in the first ever event in the men’s swimming program, as he competed in the 50-yard backstroke. Naff finished in 8th place out of 17 swimmers, and recorded a time of 27.12 seconds, and also adding 11 points to the team score. Naff also had a strong performance in the 100-yard backstroke. He finished in 4th place out of 11 swimmers, contributed 15 points, and recorded a time of 57.45 seconds.

Freshman George Jones (Bogota, Columbia) also competed in the event. He finished in 17th place in the 50-yard backstroke, and 20th in the 50-yard freestyle.

Emmanuel College (GA) won both the men’s and women’s event. Emmanuel recorded 1134, which was enough to win the men’s event. Host Sewanee University of the South came in second place in both events, recording 789 points in the men’s event. Milligan College (TN) came in third in the men’s event, having 496 points. King University (TN) finished in 4th place with 390 points.

Following Emory & Henry in 6th place was Birmingham-Southern College (AL), they had 34 points. And finishing at the bottom of the leader-board was Warren Wilson College (NC). They finished with 3 points over the course of two days.

Although the result was not as favorable as the Wasps wanted it to be, this will be great experience for them as they move forward into the season, and with their program. Emory & Henry is not the only program in the ODAC to add men’s swimming. The other four teams to add it is Bridgewater, Randolph, Roanoke, and Virginia Wesleyan. Emory & Henry will face Bridgewater in their first ever ODAC matchup on November 10. Bridgewater is currently 0-2, as they have lost to both Roanoke and Greensboro.

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