Swimming and diving teams look to rely on regular season foundations as they prepare for championship meets

Photo courtesy of Scranton Athletics.
THE MEN’S team swam to victory at a Jan. 19 tri-meet against Marywood University and Misericordia University.

Sports Editor

The University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have completed their regular seasons with much to be proud of.

The men’s team finished with a notable regular season record of 8-4, while the women’s team tallied an impressive 11 victories with only one loss.

The women were pleasantly surprised with the success they accumulated over the regular season, as senior Maeve Potter noted.

“Our team this year did exceptionally well with an 11-1 record and we welcomed a ton of new members to help us get there and break school records in the process,” Potter said. “It’s been a great season and with championships coming up next week we’re hopeful to come home Landmark Conference champions, and if not be the team with the most spirit.”

As the teams prepare for their championship meets, they look to focus on honing in on the skills that have allowed them to be successful thus far.

Potter reflected on the factors she believes have led the women to success.

“We had such a great season and we were able to do so by training really hard and doing twice-a-day practices both on our training trip and back home in Scranton,” Potter said. “Another huge part of our success is the bond that we have as both a men’s and women’s team combined. Our team family dynamic is something that has brought us this far and will continue to lead us to victory over the years.”

The women’s team is hopeful that this dynamic will allow them to succeed in the championship meets where it has historically produced good results.

Like the women, the men’s team has also relied on the addition of newcomers to add to the success of the team.

First year swimmer John Fimmano was pleased to see what he and his teammates accomplished during his first regular season, and is excited to see what they will do in the championship meets. He also noted that team chemistry was undoubtedly a driving force for the team’s accomplishments.

“Being on the team as a first year student has been such an awesome experience,” Fimmano said. “I really feel like I found a group of people who really care about each other and after working hard all season I know we’re going to all come together at the championships next weekend and do well.”

Championship meets for both the men’s and the women’s teams begin Friday Feb. 16.

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