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Women's swimming and diving records its first win

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Nov 7th 2017 10:00 pm
Brockport diver (above) jumped off the board during the BSG Eagle Empire matchup against the Nazareth Golden Flyers. Despite a poor start to the season, the women's swimming and diving team has kept its spirits up and increased its performance in its latest meet. The team now finds itself with a 1-2 record on the season and it will be looking to capitalize on its next meet against the Potsdam Bears.
Brockport diver (above) jumped off the board during the BSG Eagle Empire matchup against the Nazareth Golden Flyers. Despite a poor start to the season, the women's swimming and diving team has kept its spirits up and increased its performance in its latest meet. The team now finds itself with a 1-2 record on the season and it will be looking to capitalize on its next meet against the Potsdam Bears.

A rough start to a season is mentally demanding for any team, but the progress a team makes during its season is crucial to look at as well. After starting the year with one win and two losses out of three meets, The College at Brockport women’s swimming and diving team is looking to lock in and continue to strive for more wins. 

The Golden Eagles found themselves in a slump early this season, failing to come away with a win from their first two meets. Individual wins in each of the first two meets were not enough to secure the team a victory, but that changed as the team’s collective efforts started clicking. 

“We may not have won the past two meets as a whole, but the ability to hold our own is the reason behind our first win of the season this weekend,” sophomore flyer Haley Brucato said. 

Despite its slow start to the season, the team managed to claim its first meet victory of the season with a 149.5–66.5 overall win against the Monroe Community College Tribunes on Saturday, Nov. 4. Brockport dominated the meet with an outstanding showing from all of its category participants. From divers to swimmers, the team proved that its early struggles were nothing but part of the growing process. 

A winning mentality is going to be vital in the team’s pursuit of future success this season, but the challenge of competing with a small roster still stands. With a current roster number of just 12, the team will need to work together in order to get the most out of its talent. 

“The fact that we have a small roster is obviously a disadvantage when compared to other teams,” Brucato said. “Nevertheless, we’ve been training harder than ever before. So as long as we keep working at our skillset, I definitely think we can shine at this years SUNYACS.”

Apart from having a small roster, the Golden Eagles have also suffered from the loss of talent and experience that was provided by senior freestylers Holly Jackson and Mary Jane Leja last year. Due to their ability to participate in events other than freestyling, both girls provided an element of versatility, which the team has definitely missed this year. However, the Golden Eagles have filled the gaps of Jackson and Leja with freshmen Cassandra Jannsen and Abby Tripp, who are already displaying potential.  

With the combination of the new additions to the team and its ability to grow as a unit, the women’s swimming and diving team has the right tools to prove its worth this season. 

“We grow closer with each passing practice,” sophomore freestyler Kaitlin Dunning said. “Our optimism is at incredible levels right now and our communication is developing into a winning chemistry. We will continue to work as a team and give it our all.” 

The team is making gradual progress on developing into one of the best sides in the entire conference, and its potential is showing. The Golden Eagles’ point deficit percentage has significantly decreased with each passing meet, eventually turning into a surplus after only two games. With experience growing as the season goes on, expect the Golden Eagles to establish themselves as a consistent winning side. 

With the regular season coming to an end, Brockport’s next meet, the first SUNYAC matchup of the season, is against the Potsdam Bears on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. The Golden Eagles will be looking to mark their first SUNYAC meet with a win, taking their overall record to 2–2.

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