The season started Oct. 18 with a win for both the women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams. The women’s team is 3-0 on the season going into its meet against Dickinson College on Saturday, while the men’s team enters the dual meet at 2-1. With a long season ahead, there is a lot to look forward to.
The swimmers are anticipating a strong season for themselves and for the team. Senior Paige Agnello said the team can come close to winning a conference title.
“We’ve never won the conference as long as I’ve been on the team, but I think this year we’ll definitely come the closest we’ve ever come with the new freshmen and a transfer Emma Sommers that we got,” she said.
Agnello is the defending Landmark Conference champion in the 200-yard breaststroke and has been an important swimmer thus far in each of the team’s meets. In her final season, she knows everything will come down to repeating her previous performance at the championships.
She said one of the keys to success for the team this season is for everyone to contribute at each meet.
“My expectations are that everyone really works hard, and I think we’ll definitely do that this year, and everyone has a key part in different things, and just to have fun, too,” Agnello said. “That’s really important. I feel like, if you are going to swim fast, you have to be having fun.”
Similar sentiments about being a team player can be found among the swimmers on the men’s team. First-year Nicholas Chiara says that he has felt welcomed and accepted in his first few weeks with the team.
“The team has been performing very well in the beginning of the season because everyone has bonded together like a family and really a big support system. Especially with the freshmen, I see that because everyone was very welcoming and supportive,” Chiara said. “Really, everyone is just looking to help each other and act like a true team member.”
A freestyler and distance swimmer, Chiara swam the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle in recent meets.
The teams have a lot ahead of them, beginning Nov. 1 against Dickinson College. Ultimately, all of the training and competitions will come down to a three-day period between Feb. 13 and 15, when the swimmers will compete at the Landmark Conference Championships. In the meantime, there will be plenty of excitement from close races and close meets in the regular season.