Cox's Corner

 

Cox's Corner: Swimmers Finish Season In Record-Breaking Style

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Record-setting performances were the norm for the Bridgewater swimmers during the 2012-13 season.

Bridgewater turned in its best performance in program history at the ODAC Championships where the Eagles placed third behind Washington and Lee and Randolph-Macon.

Head coach Fran Smith earned her first ODAC Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Eagles to new heights this season.

And, the swimmers re-wrote the Bridgewater record books. During the season, Bridgewater swimmers set a new BC event record on 41 different occasions.  At the ODAC Championships, Bridgewater swimmers set new BC marks in 17 of the 18 events.

That’s quite an accomplishment and quite a season for the swim team.

Basketball Playoff Picture: With just two games remaining in the regular season the ODAC basketball tournament seeding for both the men and women is far from settled.

The tournament picture could be crystal clear for the women following tonight’s action, but the men may have to wait until Saturday to learn their fate.

First let’s look at the women’s side where the immediate goal for the Eagles is locking up a first-round bye that goes to the top four teams in the standings.

Let’s take care of the easy scenarios first. If the Eagles win one of their final two games, they will lock up a bye. Also, if Virginia Wesleyan defeats Lynchburg tonight, the Eagles will lock up a bye regardless of what happens to BC in the final two games.

There appears to be just one scenario where the Eagles would finish in fifth place and have to play on the opening night of the tournament. That scenario involves Bridgewater (10-4 entering tonight’s game), Virginia Wesleyan (10-4 entering tonight’s game) and Lynchburg (9-5 entering tonight’s action).

Here’s what needs to happen for the Eagles to drop to fifth.

  1. Bridgewater would have to lose both of its final games – tonight vs. EMU and Saturday at Roanoke. The Eagles would then be 10-6.
  2. Lynchburg has to win both of its final games – tonight vs. Virginia Wesleyan and Saturday at Randolph-Macon. Lynchburg would then be 11-5.
  3. Virginia Wesleyan would have to bounce back after losing tonight vs. Lynchburg and then defeat Emory & Henry on Saturday. This would leave the Marlins with a 9-5 record.

If those three things happen, the Eagles finish fifth and would host a first-round ODAC game.

The men’s picture is a bit murkier. The Eagles could still finish anywhere from sixth to ninth. If the Eagles finish in the top eight, they host a first-round game. Finish ninth, and they hit the road.

Let’s first look at the certainties.

If Bridgewater wins its final two games, the Eagles will claim the No. 6 seed for the tournament.

If Bridgewater wins one of its final two games, the Eagles will finish in the top eight and host a game.

The Eagles drop to ninth in just one scenario. If the Eagles lose their final two games to finish 7-9, they would drop to ninth if W&L wins its final two games at Roanoke and at home vs. Shenandoah to finish 8-8.

First-round games in the men's tournament are set for Tuesday, Feb. 19.