Swimming dominates at home meet

Evan Fye

One could attempt to attribute the men’s and women’s swimming and diving
teams’ exemplary performances at this past weekend’s Lawrence University Invitational as being an instance of “home pool advantage.” However, the only thing this meet’s results prove is that both LU squads are forces to be reckoned
with in the Midwest Conference. Both teams took their respective firsts: the women trounced their opponents, leaving their closest rival more than 100 points behind, while the men’s closest
challenger was an astonishing 241 points in the red.
As Coach Kirner previously stated, the team would look at their meets as simply “serious practices” being just another chance to be in the water and push hard. This certainly looked to be the case this weekend as the team breezed through the water, taking numerous individual firsts. Senior Dave Danenhower was impressed with the team, saying, “Everyone really stepped up and did what they had to do, especially
in the relays.”
With family and friends cheering them on, this weekend’s showing was an encouraging event for the team. Freshman Patrick McCrory, junior Meredith Claycomb and senior Steve Vander Naalt all recorded individual titles, but the bulk of both teams’ points came from the depth of the team.
Both the men and women return to the Boldt Natatorium for the Midwest Conference Meet the weekend of Feb. 10th with every intention of having a repeat performance of this weekend’s domination.