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Mads Knoblauch is one of the Flyers top competitors in the backstroke.
Isi Frank Ativie, Contributor
The men’s swim team is feeling confident going into the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) championship meet that will run Feb. 8 -11 in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Despite finishing the regular season with a 7–7 record, this year’s team is looking to win their first GLVC championship in school history with senior Johnny Lynk as their team captain.
Senior Adam Wise is one of the swimmers expressing confidence in future performance for their big weekend. “I have an optimistic outlook on the men’s swimming team’s chances on the upcoming GLVC Conference Championship next week,” Wise said. “I can’t speak for everybody, but it’s best to think that everybody is feeling up to the task, gearing to go and beginning their own rituals in mental preparation for the upcoming meet.”
Wise is one of the team’s top swimmers in sprint freestyle events. He was a two-time Junior College National Champion at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla.
“There isn’t much left to do with the meet a week away. We’ve put the work in, I mean a lot of work at training trip and leading up to this meet,” said Wise. “Right now we need to continue to focus on the little things in and out of the water: focus on speed work, starts, turns and breakouts, and what we eat.”
Junior Mads Bierre Knoblauch also has a positive attitude going into the GLVC championship meet.
“The chances of performing well at conference are great. We’ve had a long and tough season and many of the guys on the team are feeling ready to race,” Knoblauch said.
Knoblauch finished third in the men’s 200 backstroke during last year’s GLVC championship meet, also setting a school record in the 100 butterfly event.
“Taking the GLVC title is a bit optimistic, but to do our best we need to focus on what we have learned from our previous meets…We need to trust our training methods and go out and be confident after all the hours in the pool,” said Knoblauch.
Every year, a few swimmers qualify for NCAA Division II National Tournament held in early March. “There’s a possibility for several members of the team going to the DII NCAA Championship meet in the beginning of March,” Wise said.
“A couple of our swimmers have a good shot, Knoblauch especially has a great one,” said Wise.
“Knoblauch sits 10th in the 100 backstroke and 7th in the 200 backstroke. It’s all dependent on how we perform at GLVC Conference, and of course how the swimmers swim from around the country perform.”