Season Reflection

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By: John Geissinger
Assistant Swimming Coach

The 2012-13 ODAC Champion Generals!

The 2012-13 ODAC Champion Generals!

This will be my last blog entry while we are “in season”. We started back in September and will be bringing four men to the NCAA meet in Texas next week. While we certainly have goals for this upcoming meet we already have had a wildly successful year.

The men finished with an overall meet record of 8-2, with the women posting a 10-3 mark. Highlights began almost immediately for the team and continued through the midseason invite, where we saw Rick Sykes qualify automatically for Nationals; Emma Swabb took down the 400 IM Record, and a team composed of two freshman, a sophomore, and a senior set a new school record in the 200 Medley Relay.

At the conference meets both squads swam very well. The women captured their sixth straight ODAC Championship and 23rd overall. For the awards Delaney Rolfe was ODAC Scholar-Athlete AGAIN, Caroline Hamp was Swimmer of the Year, and Emma Swabb was Rookie of the Year. They also set seven school records. For the men, the meet was just as successful. Rick Sykes captured the 50 freestyle crown against DII competition, Wayde Marsh broke the 100 backstroke record, and Tyler Gehrs broke the 200 IM record! All together the men set four new school records at the Bluegrass meet and set themselves up well for the NCAA competition.

At the NCAA meet, Rick Sykes will swim the 50 and 100 free individually, along with the 200 and 400 medley relays. We will also be putting up a 200 free relay at the meet. Wayde Marsh will swim the 100 and the 200 back at the championships, while also competing on the relays. Brennan Haley and David Ireland are the other two legs of the relays, with Haley being able to compete individually in the 200 backstroke.

Be sure to follow us as we compete next week at NCAAs! GO GENERALS!

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