Men’s Swimming Gains Momentum

Only two weeks into their 2009 season, the men’s swim team has already dove straight into the winner’s lane, boasting an undefeated record of 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

Even with no veteran seniors to help lead the Seahawks, the twelve team members have still steadily proved themselves against other colleges such as Catholic University, Marymount University, Goucher College, and Gallaudet University.

With the team only consisting of four juniors, two sophomores and six freshman, the co-captain roles have fallen to two of the team’s juniors: Nico Pinto and Jackson Webb.

“The team is working very well,” said Pinto. “Everybody is working hard and pushing each other to do their best. We have a very good team this year.”

While the relatively small size of the team can be considered a challenge for them as they go up against larger teams, it can also be a good thing.

“At the same time,” said first-year Chris Coghill, “I think our size makes us closer and have a better bond together as a team.”

As well as having a closer bond, the Seahawks have also been participating in more rigorous practices this year to help them keep their undefeated title throughout the rest of the season.

“The practices have been tough, but in a good way,” said co-captain Pinto. “Coach Barbins is doing a good job pushing us to do our very best.”

The two big events that the team seems to be greatly looking forward to are the training trip to Florida, as well as the Conference Championships that will take place during next semester.

Men’s swimming remains undefeated and is ranked second in the Capital Athletic Conference. Last season, the team finished third in the CAC. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)
Men’s swimming remains undefeated and is ranked second in the Capital Athletic Conference. Last season, the team finished third in the CAC. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)

“Champs is going to be great this year,” said co-captain Webb, “as I am sure we will continue our current habits of working hard.

“I am excited to see what my training and everyone else’s training will lead to as far as what I am sure will be some fast swimming for everyone.”

Even with exactly half of the team being first-year newcomers, the Seahawks seem to be growing as a team as they have been gradually winning by more and more points each meet.

“We all came into this year with entirely different swimming backgrounds and experience levels,” said Coghill of his fellow freshman teammates.

“The first-years were accepted by the upperclassmen right off the bat, which helped with the transition and created a strong, closely-knit team.”

“As far as teamwork is concernedl we are all doing very well. Everyone is working hard at practice and everyone is racing at the meets,” said Webb.

“We have a more cohesive group who is willing to really work hard.”

The men’s swim team’s next home meet will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, Nov. 21 against York University, who is also in the CAC.

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