Pool Open, Swim Season Underway

This season looks promising for both men’s and women’s swim teams.

David Ridderhoff, Sports Editor

Just two events into their season, the Lewis University swimming teams are already sizing up their GLVC competition, as well as some difficult out-of-conference opponents. It’s a tough start to a season that will see the Flyers swim in three dual meets in a one-week period, including two that occurred this past weekend.

“The GLVC is a very strong swimming conference,” said head coach Roger Karns. “[The men] lost to Missouri S&T, who was No. 11 in the nation last season and we also lost to Lindenwood who was 12 on the men’s side and 18 on the women’s.”

The men’s team kept up with Missouri S&T, losing by a point total of 118-87. Sophomore Aidan Brennan and redshirt-sophomore Bryan Weiner both won races at the event, with Weiner also coming in second place in another. Brennan won the 200-yard freestyle event, while Weiner won the 200-yard backstroke and was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle. Both also formed a team with juniors Matt Bacinich and Zach Ballon to win the 400-yard medley relay. The other victory for the Flyers came in the 200-yard breaststroke, an event that Ballon won.

Both sides traveled to St. Charles, Mo. for a quad event with Lindenwood, UMSL and Maryville. The Flyers had some great performances from both teams. Brennan and the women’s Shelby Leonard, a junior, won both 200-yard freestyle races. Redshirt-sophomore Kinsey Coble won the 100-yard freestyle for the women, and sophomore Sarah Cameron won the 100-yard breaststroke. The final Flyer victory saw Bacinish, Brennan, Weiner and junior Tommy Cornes win the 200-yard freestyle relay for the men.

Karns saw a lot of good things from his side, but knows he lost a lot of good players due to graduation.

“While we lost some people who were important last year, we also had a huge recruiting class that has the potential to help right now,” said Karns.

Leonard was one of those additions who is already making a huge impact. He transferred from Indian River State College, and is a swimmer the Flyers can expect big things from, but she’s not the only one.

“It’s hard to single out any one swimmer [as the biggest addition],” said Karns.

The Flyers had two dual matches over the weekend, against Grand Valley State and Valparaiso. The team also has a meet against two schools, Truman State and Lake Forest, on Saturday Nov. 8. The match will be at home at the Lewis Pool, located in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center. For every home match, the Flyers will place bleachers near the pool for fans to support their team. If unable to watch the event, one can follow the results on the athletics website, lewisflyers.com.

David Ridderhoff is a junior Radio/TV broadcast major. He is the sports editor for The Flyer. He is also the general manager of Lewis’ radio station, WLRA. As an avid sports fan, he also collects hats and jerseys from a variety of sports teams.

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