Men’s Swimming Team Looks For Fresh Start This Winter

James Bruce, Sports Writer •

Emory and Henry’s Men’s’ Swimming team kicked off their winter season Friday night with a series of meets over the weekend. The first meet involved a double-dual meet against King University (Tennessee) and Mars Hill University. Sophomore Nick Barr kicked off proceedings with a fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle while sophomore Evan Prillhart matched his achievement by taking fifth in the 50-yard freestyle immediately afterwards. Following this, Sophomore Wilson Naff flew through the water, registering a time of 2:11.30 in the 200-yard individual medley and coming in fourth place. Likewise, Nick Barr stepped up again in the 100-yard freestyle for a sixth-place finish. Finally, Naff added a fourth-place finish in his 200-yard backstroke race with a time of 2:06.58 while Prillhart registered 3:10.78 in the 200-yard breaststroke for fourth. This left the Men’s team losing 102 to 22 to King’s University and 148 to 16 against Mars Hill. It should be remembered that this Emory men’s team only has 4 swimmers though so is severely outnumbered on the points front by other teams.

Next up, on the Saturday, E & H Men rallied and prepared themselves for the challenge they faced in Ferrum College and Milligan. The first race concerned Wilson Naff and he managed to claim a stupendous win in the 200-metre freestyle, clocking an impressive 2:08.41. In the 50-yard freestyle, the Wasps placed both Nick Barr and Evan Prillhart but they came fifth and sixth respectively. Afterwards, Naff earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 100-metre butterfly and the 100-metre backstroke with a time of (1:03.98). To finish the meet, Barr was fourth in the 100-metre freestyle and Prillhart placed fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke. E & H’s comparatively depleted team ended up finishing with a 44 to 69 loss to Ferrum, and a 28 to 118 loss to Milligan. The boys will conclude the regular season next Saturday when it travels to Sweet Briar, Virginia for a pair of dual meets. Let’s hope they can keep putting in hearty performances and representing the school as well as they have currently been doing against much bigger teams than themselves.

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