Highlighted by senior Nick Eckhoff's school record in the 500 free (4:34.73) the University of Mary Washington men's and women's swim teams are off to a solid start at NCAAs in Shenandoah, TX.
Eckhoff's swim placed him 23rd overall which is his highest finish ever at the NCAA meet and sets him up very well heading into his main events, the 200 free in which he is seeded 14th and the 200 backstroke. Also swimming in the mornings individual events was sophomore Alex Anderson who represented the Eagles in the 50 free, while his time of 20.86 was just off his CAC conference record of 20.40 set in February it was over .3 faster than he was at this meet last year and good enough for 30th place overall.
The Eagles also had entries in the 200 medley relays for both the men and the women. While the women were called for a disqualification, the men (Sean Mayer, Peter Slattery, Misha Yelmgren and Anderson) recorded the second best time in program history (1:33.28) and finished 18th in the country, moving up four places from their original seed.
Follow the Eagles as they continue at NCAAs tomorrow morning with prelims starting at 10 am, with swims in both the 200 free relays, men's 400 IM, women's 100 fly, men's 200 free and both medley relays.