Salem, Va. – Roanoke College standouts Reilly Bird and Ben Tate have been named Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimmers of the Week as the league announced its weekly awards on Monday.
Tate, a freshman from Boones Mill, Va., helped Roanoke to a tri-meet victory over host Hampden-Sydney (140-64) and Ferrum (168-20) last week. Tate won both events in which he competed, registering a pair of ODAC top-11 showings. He won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:01.93. When converted to yards for ODAC rankings in the 200-yard freestyle, Tate's time of 1:50.47 would sit 11th in the league. In the 400-meter freestyle, he posted a winning time of 4:19.54. That mark converts to 4:59.25 in the 500-yard freestyle field, which ranks 11th on the posted chart.
Bird, a sophomore from Port Hope, Ontario, helped Roanoke cruise to a 168-20 dual meet victory over Ferrum in an event competed with the men's program at Hampden-Sydney College. Bird won a pair of individual events and was part of a second place relay squad. She won the 50-meter freestyle in 0:28.14. When converted to yards for ODAC rankings, her time of 0:25.49 shows 15th on the 50-yard free chart. Bird also won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:07.58. That time converts to 1:01.23 for ranking in the 100-yard backstroke entries, which falls just short of her season-best mark (1:01.20) in eighth position. Bird joined Caylyn McNaul, Hannah Petty, and Sydney Sellars in finishing second in the 200-meter medley relay in 2:11.10.
Roanoke is off until the ODAC Championships on Feb. 14-16.