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Swimming and diving flounders off the block

by Brendan Harrington
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 10:45 pm
Sophomore diver Lauren Sayers (above) dives for her second event of the season against the Nazareth Golden Flyers. The Golden Eagles have lost both events that they have participated in this season but they are dedicated to qualifying for this year's SUNYAC Championship, something that they did not achieve last season.
Sophomore diver Lauren Sayers (above) dives for her second event of the season against the Nazareth Golden Flyers. The Golden Eagles have lost both events that they have participated in this season but they are dedicated to qualifying for this year's SUNYAC Championship, something that they did not achieve last season.

The College at Brockport swimming and diving team knew it had a tall task in front of it this season when they were forced to lose five key members from the 2016 season. 

However, adding seven strong freshmen to the team helps to heal the pain. Head Coach Jason Morini and the women and men of the team are expecting a lot from this upcoming season. 

“This offseason, we definitely changed things up a little bit,” returning sophomore Rebekah Wilkinson explained. “One major thing we did was staying out of the pool and sticking to more lifting and getting stronger.”

That will likely help the team become faster in the pool and be ready for the long season. 

“We are more confident than ever before, our coach called us the best team he has ever coached in his life,” sophomore Dee Legory, who performs freestyle and backstroke, said. “I feel faster than I did last year and I’m pretty sure that for the most part, the rest of the team has improved in a big way as well.” 

The team kicked off its season last Saturday in Ithaca, where the men’s team fell to the Bombers by a score of 213.00-80.00 and the women’s team lost 210.50-81.50. Although they both lost, Ithaca is a notoriously good team and that isn’t too telling of how the season might turn out for the swimming and diving teams. 

After the tough meet with Ithaca, Brockport faced off against Nazareth. The Golden Flyers defeated Brockport’s men’s swimming and diving team 162-108 and the women’s  team 160-132. 

Even after the slow start, the team is excited about where this season is headed. The Golden Eagles have lost their first two games but it’s only October and SUNYAC success is in sight. Legory and Wilkinson both agreed that the team is better off than ever before. 

“We have a chance this season. We’re a small but strong team,” Wilkinson said. “We are so excited about where this season is going. Even if we don’t come in first place, we’re still going to absolutely be better than we were a year ago.” 

Last year, the Golden Eagles finished their regular season with a record of 2—4, failing to qualify for the SUNYAC Championship. 

Although the rocky start to the season is not the ideal direction for the program, the team is determined to qualify for the competition. A combination of resilience and hard work will ultimately decide its season.  

With a lot of time left in the season, there’s still so much to look forward to. The Golden Eagles’ regular season meets are scheduled until February, making it one of the longest seasons in all of the college’s sports. 

“The beginning of the season is the best part of the year for us,” Legory said. “It takes hard work, but we have what it takes to be a good swim team.” 

Even though the first two meets have ended with hard losses, the team has yet to start conference play, which at the end of the day is the most important part of the season. 

With a current losing record, the team is looking to extend its efforts during practice and competition play. The Golden Eagles will start SUNYAC on Saturday, Nov. 11, where they will be taking on the Potsdam Bears.

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