Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Kristen Fazio0
Swim Teams Off to Successful Start
Kristen Fazio, Contributor
Above photo by Steve Woltmann: Senior Brandon Drogemuller has guided the men’s swim team to a 6-1 start, winning six consecutive meets in a row.
The month of November has been treating both the men’s and women’s swim teams well, as both teams have won six consecutive meets in a row and are steadily climbing up the GLIAC standings.
After dropping their first meet of the season to Grand Valley State (the women’s team also fell to Hillsdale), the team has been reeling off victories ever since.
“As a team, we feed off of each other’s energy and success,” senior Kyle Kummer said. “It almost seems as if it is contagious at times which has been a big part of our momentum that has seemed to carrying out week after week.”
On Nov. 9 and 10, the Flyers won convincingly over Lincoln College and Valparaiso.
“I don’t think that it is just a result of luck, we have been working really hard and it is great to see the results finally showing in our competitions,” said senior Catie Reese.
Freshman Bryan Wiener has been impressive as of late. Fellow freshman Elizabeth Harris and Kinsey Coble have also impressed, helping lead the women past Lincoln College.
“In general, all of our freshmen recruits have really raised up to the new level of competition well, and have made a great transition from high school swimming to college swimming,” said Kummer.
The team is so deep that every time they step up to the swim deck, they feel like they have a chance to win.
“There’s always a race to be had every meet, and the team is definitely stepping up in every way possible this year so far,” said Wiener.
The Flyers have been particularly dominant in the relays, and it has caused some friendly competition amongst the team.
“We have so much depth to our roster that we have an A, B, and sometimes C relay. It is cool because we have such a strong team this year that no relay spot is guaranteed, which motivates everyone to work hard and fight for their position,” said Reese.
Most recently, the team took down William Jewell (Nov. 17 and 18) where the women’s team won 187-140. Coble and freshman Montana Clasby each won four events. The men also took care of business, coasting to a 218-130 victory. Freshman Bryan Wiener dominated, winning seven events during the two-day meet.
“Everyone is stepping up in big ways this year already, and it’s clear to everyone that we’re ready to compete not only in each race but as a team in general,” said Wiener.
Although the team has a lot of talented swimmers, the squad’s early success can be attributed to great team chemistry.