By Andrew Chirico
Following a successful 2014-15 season, the Washington College men’s and women’s swim teams look to carry over their recent success. With valuable experience returning, the bar is set high for the entire program.
The women’s swim team is coming off of a 5-6 dual-meet record last season and finished in seventh in the Centennial Conference. The program returns all of its top time individual swimmers as sophomores and juniors. Among the returnees include junior captain, Ellen Maxwell. Maxwell was named the most valuable swimmer last season, and she looks to carry over last season’s success.
“While we all have individual goals for personal improvement, the whole team is amped to get up and swim fast,” Maxwell said. “We have trained harder during this part of the season than I have ever seen us train so early on in previous years. All the girls are pushing themselves and refusing to settle.”
Along with Maxwell comes fellow captain senior Cate McMenamin who returns as a specialist in backstroke.
The men’s swim team is returning from a very successful season last year, posting a 9-1 dual-meet record. The team ended their season finishing second at the Centennial Conference Championships. Not only did the team finish second at champs, they broke a total of 10 events at the season finale.
Senior captain Lucas Morgan currently holds a handful of individual records, and hopes to continue his success. Although Morgan ranks among the fastest swimmers in five of the events for the team, he recognizes the team needs to come together as a whole if they want to live up to last year’s success.
“Coming off of last year’s success, it is important for us to stay humble and truly focus on what matters most, our championship meet in February,” said Morgan. “It’s imperative for each team member to encourage and motivate one another to maintain a positive and dynamic environment not only in the pool but outside as well. Our goals are set very high for this season.”
Head Coach Kim Lessard returns for her 26th season coaching the women’s team, and her 25th coaching the men’s team. Lessard welcomes back both of her associate coaches in Matt Harris and Warren Dolben.
Both teams start their season this upcoming Saturday when they host Centennial Conference rival Franklin & Marshall for a 1 p.m. showdown. The team then travels to Gettysburg the following week. Lessard recognizes that the program does not have an easy start to the season.
“We open with two conference powers Franklin and Marshall and the next week Gettysburg, so there are no easy meets to start, so we need to be ready to race,” said Lessard.