Swimming & diving team wins GNAC championship
"We have won GNACs for the seventh year in a row. This past weekend was undoubtedly the most competition we've seen at that meet. Last year, Simmons ran away with it, but this year we really had to work for it. We put it onto the athletes to put everything into the meet, and they really responded to the atmosphere."
The Sharks defeated Elms, Saint Joseph CT, Saint Joseph's ME, Norwich, and Husson with 270 points. The team won because of their depth, said Williams. The only individual wins for the team were senior captains Virginia Bette in the 100-meter backstroke and Amanda Dirskmeier in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Having lost to Elms College earlier in the season, the Sharks felt like underdogs going into this meet.
"It was exciting to defeat them in our home pool," said Williams.
The swimmers and divers will come back after winter break to begin training for the second half of the season, which includes the New England championships.
For senior captain, Hannah McQullian, the goal for the second half of the season is to get as many competitors to qualify for this end of the year meet.
"My goal is to bring our times down, so that we have the maximum amount of swimmers going to our end of the season championships. There's qualifying times [for the meet], and I want as many swimmers and divers to qualify to go."
Williams believes that the Sharks can improve upon their eighth place win from last year.
"This past season we finished eighth in New England's of the 22 teams, and I definitely think there's enough room for us to grow to be competitive within the top two or three teams."
Check out the team's schedule and keep up with its progress. The New England championship meet for divers is February 11 - 12 at Bentley University. The swimming competition is February 18 - 20 in Vermont.