JuliaPortman_RebeccaKanaskieBy Louie Galdos

Elm Staff Writer

The men’s swim team had a meet before break on Friday, Nov. 16 away at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The men’s team won with a dominating score of 116-56.  With this win, the men’s team improves to a record of 2-4.

Next, the women’s swim team had two meets in two days. The first was on Friday, Nov. 16 away at St. Mary’s College of Maryland along with the men’s team. During this meet they came out victorious with a score of 111-94 over the Seahawks.

Their latest meet was on Saturday, Nov. 17 at home versus Bryn Mawr College.

During this meet they took another victory, scoring 165-95. This meet was their fourth Centennial Conference meet this season. With this win under their belts, the women’s swim team stands with an overall record of 3-4 and an in-conference record of 1-3.

Overall, both teams showed that they can dominate their opponents anywhere as long as they focus on finishing out the races. This was a point Head Coach Matt Harris made when asked about both teams meets.      

“Both the men’s and women’s teams need to focus on how they end races and find that extra 10 percent to touch out the opposing teams for points,” Coach Harris said.

It was clear that this was how both teams dominated their opponents.

Coach Harris also felt a very important key factor for the meets was endurance.

“Keys to success will be our ability to swim three or four good races within two hours. Many swimmers can do the first event or two very well, but it takes another level of endurance to swim three or four events at 100 percent and score,” Harris said.

For the men’s team, senior Josh Samuels was ready and confident for his team to get the win they deserved. He felt prepared because of the two weeks of intense training prior to this meet.     

“This meet, like every meet, is a mental and physical challenge, especially after the tough past two weeks of training and competition. Despite that, I feel that the team is ready to swim fast and compete to secure the win,” Samuels said.

Samuels also feels that focusing on the little things at practice was a key factor to success in the teams win.     

“Focus has been extremely important throughout the week of practices leading up to the meet,” he said. “All the small things came naturally when it came time to race.”

Senior Emma Silber felt that an important point to the team’s success in these meets is giving it your all and not leaving anything behind.

“The women’s team will have to give it their all in the pool and out of the pool when it comes to cheering. We leave it all in the pool.” Silber said. “Remaining positive and keeping the energy levels high help us swim faster. We also practice and train in the weight room on a consistent basis which gives us adequate endurance and strength to perform well in meets.”

WC swim will return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Randolph-Macon College.

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