Published: December 4, 2015
The University’s swimming and diving teams are both at least .500 this season. The men’s team currently has a record of 3-3, while the women’s team holds a record of 5-1.
Senior Ed Westlake said the teams started practicing early this semester, and it helped them get a head start on the year.
“We started at the beginning of the school year with preseason stuff, and then right before fall break we got in with our coaches and had our first meet right before break,” Westlake said. “It’s been like eight or 10 weeks. We’re all kind of ready for a break, but were doing well.”
Last year, the men’s and women’s teams combined for a record of 11-12, with the men finishing with a record of 4-7 and the women having a record of 7-5. This year, Westlake said the team’s influx of first-year students has helped.
“We have a really good freshman class on both sides. It’s cool to see,” Westlake said. “Other swimmers don’t have to swim everything. Some of the freshman swimmers are making us all work harder too. People are doing a great job stepping up, and it’s definitely helping the team.”
Unlike other men’s and women’s teams, the swimming and diving teams practice together and have meets at the exact same times.
“(It’s) very unique because some of the other teams on campus are close, but we’re different because we practice together,” Westlake said. “We’re technically one big team. We train together, travel together and compete at the same time. We cheer for each other during every meet. That’s something not every team (gets).”
Westlake said the team sometimes gets on each other’s nerves, but it is all out of love and all part of being a family.
“I think it’s definitely good. Sometimes we all get a little frustrated, but that’s part of being a family and being teammates,” Westlake said. “When we need each other the most, that’s when we come together, and I think that’s awesome. We’re just one big team and one big family. It’s definitely a unique team chemistry.”
Following their four-meet road trip, the swimming and diving teams compete against Elizabethtown College 1 p.m. Saturday in the John J. Long Center.
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