ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Both VMI swimming and diving teams ranked in the top-13 of the team standings after the opening day of the ECAC Championships, which were contested Friday in Annapolis, Md.
The Keydet men rank 12th with 30 points, within 20 markers of UMBC, Maine and Bucknell, while leading a group of schools that includes Mount St. Mary's and Loyola. The VMI women are 13th with 18 markers, just in front of Loyola (17) and Rider (15).
The highlights for the VMI men on the opening day of the meet included the 200 free relay, which made the championship final and finished eighth in a school record time of 1:24.56. Ryan Schmitz, Niko Nemceff, JT Lancaster and Brady Gannon teamed to record the time, and Schmitz and Nemceff also factored in elsewhere. Schmitz set a new freshman record in the 50 free on the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay during prelims, only to see it broken by Nemceff in the open 50 later in the meet. Nemceff's new VMI freshman record was 21.16, good for a 17th-place result and narrowly missing the B final.
Another school record fell Friday as well, as the men's 400 medley relay set a new school record in prelims (3:28.69). John Kim, Bret Tomajczyk, Jake Boulter and Schmitz wound up 13th.
On the women's side, the 200 free relay nearly advanced to the evening's championship final as the foursome lost out on the final spot in a swim-off. The quartet of Natalie Rivas, Calle Biles, McKenzie Raber and Sophia DelBondio wound up ninth in 1:40.53.
The VMI swimming and diving programs return to action for day two of the ECAC Championships at 10 a.m. Saturday.