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Swimming and diving teams take seasons in different directions

by Shelby Toth
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:00 pm
Brockport free-swimmer (above) rushed to the end of the pool during the BSG Eagle Empire matchup against the Nazareth College Golden Flyers. The men's swimming and diving team finds itself with a record of 0-4 after failing to win any of this season's meets, while the women's swimming and diving team is on a hot streak after beating the Potsdam Bears 176-113. The women's record is 2-2.
Brockport free-swimmer (above) rushed to the end of the pool during the BSG Eagle Empire matchup against the Nazareth College Golden Flyers. The men's swimming and diving team finds itself with a record of 0-4 after failing to win any of this season's meets, while the women's swimming and diving team is on a hot streak after beating the Potsdam Bears 176-113. The women's record is 2-2.

Senior Kate Nau of The College at Brockport women’s swimming and diving team was confident going into the SUNY Potsdam matchup, stating that the team needed to “stay focused and do exactly what we do in practice.” 

That confidence seemed to pay off, as they found themselves earning another win in their first SUNYAC matchup of the season. The defeat of Potsdam took the Golden Eagles’ season to 2–2.

As for individual wins, there were many.    Senior Martha Ruether won both the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard freestyle, as well as being part of the winning 300-yard medley relay, alongside teammates sophomore Dee Logory, freshman Abby Tripp and sophomore Rebekah Wilkinson. Sophomore Kaitlin Dunning swam well in the distance events, taking home wins in the 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. As for the sprint events, junior Jenna Gleason won the 50-yard freestyle event. Diving was highlighted senior Meghann Kilgallon and sophomore Loren Sayers, who won the 1-meter dive and 3-meter dive respectively. 

The men’s swimming and diving team, however, continued its losing streak, now at 0–4 after a tough loss of 125–163 to Potsdam. The team’s defeat did not come without its victories, though. Many of the Golden Eagles won in multiple events, including freshman Brandon Amthor, who took home first place in the 200-yard freestyle swim by an over 11 second margin, and won the majority of the 200-yard butterfly events.

Freshman Logan Gregory also picked up multiple wins — one in the 500-yard freestyle and one in the 200 yard individual medley. Gregory cinched the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley by less than a second.

Another top finisher for the men was junior Matthew O’Donnell. O’Donnell brought home the win in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes, and was also part of the winning relay team in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Other winning members of that relay team included sophomore Rainer Grimme and seniors Brian Cotroneo and Amthor.

With turbulent seasons for both the men’s and women’s teams, growth is something they all strive toward. Despite losses, both teams have been able to work out individual issues to better themselves as swimmers.

“I feel that I have personally become much more confident this year and I have been able to see it in my scores,” Nau said. “I’ve been able to throw dives a lot easier and make the corrections needed to strengthen my dives.”

Junior Adam Baumann also felt this spirit of growth.

“The last two seasons have made me into a more confident, mentally tough and competitive individual which stems from support from my teammates and our training,” Baumann said.

The team has also felt a spirit of growth among themselves as a unit, too. 

“Relationships are stronger as well as physically stronger through training,” Nau said.

Despite the setbacks and losses the men’s team has faced, Grimme felt as well as if the team was growing into its potential.

 “We have a lot going for us,” Grimme said. “We got a lot of young talent this year and all of our returning swimmers have developed really well. We’re a family before anything else and that makes us push each other extra hard.”

The teams will face off against SUNY Oswego in the second SUNYAC match of the season for their next meet. The meet will be held in Oswego on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hopefully, the confidence the men’s and women’s teams held going into last Saturday’s meet will help push them to come home with their first and second SUNYAC win of the season, respectively.

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