From Feb. 17 to 19, men’s and women’s swimming competed in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Both teams won second place.
Team member Claire Huckenpohler ’14 described the format of the events as follows: “It started on Friday and it went to Sunday. Each morning there was a preliminary competition to see who can come back for the finals. So the point is to score high enough to get into the final; that’s where all the points come from. There are two heats in the Finals, the top 8 and then the 9th through the 16th. Even if someone from the 2nd heat gets a better time than someone in the top 8, the people in the top 8 are still guaranteed 1st through 8th place. That’s why its important to get as many people in the top heat as possible. The second heat is still important because they still score points.”
Huckenpohler described the feeling of the team by saying, “Before and during the match the team was focused, excited, motivated, spirited, and just all around enthusiastic about the meet.” This enthusiasm seems to have pulled off because both the Men’s and Women’s teams earned new school records. Cameron Headquist ’13 and Dylan Cope ’15 both pulled records for the Men’s team, while Kelly Heyde ’13, Elaina Kohles ’15, Erin O’Conner ’14, and Brooke Raab ’15 swam a new school record in their 800 Free Relay.
Huckenpohler responded to the event as a whole by saying, “Overall we were happy, we were a little disappointed that we didn’t beat [the University of] Mary Washington at [championships] but we know that we had a good season.” Earlier in the season, the women’s team won for the first time against Mary Washington, who now has now been the CAC champions for 22 straight seasons.
Head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams is Andre Barbins, who has been with the teams through 13 seasons, and has won the CAC’s Women’s Swimming Coach of the year for the fourth time. Huckenpohler commented saying, “We are all really excited that he won this award.”
Huckenpohler responded to being done for the season by saying, “You always feel accomplished at the end of champs, you feel like your training has been worth it.” Headquist responded to the same question, saying, “Everyone did really well, I’m happy with the progress we made this year, and I’m excited for next year’s champs.”
Points-wise, the Women’s team had 678.5 points, coming behind Mary Washington who had 924.5 points. The Men’s team had 549 points, again behind Mary Washington who had 969 points.