By David McIntyre, Sports Editor
As the calendar changes from January to February, the Kalamazoo College Swim & Dive teams are on the home stretch of their grueling six month season.
The regular season and conference play have both come to a close over the past week and both teams set their sights the MIAA Championships. As usual, it appears that winning yet another MIAA championship is nothing more than a formality for the Men’s Swim & Dive team. The only thing left to consider is where do the Women’s Swim & Dive team stand and what the chances they have in the postseason.
The Lady Hornets opened the season with wins against conference opponents Albion College and Olivet College, before they suffered their first loss to Hope College. The Women’s Swim & Dive team also posted 6th place at Calvin Invitational and 3rd place at the Illinois-Michigan Quad. As the winter quarter continued, so did their conference play, picking up a victory against St. Mary’s College, before losing to conference-leader, Calvin College.
The women’s team finished conference play with a win over Alma College, 135.5-87.5, and ended the regular season with a loss to Hillsdale College on Saturday, 134-142, to give the team an overall record of 4-3 and 4-2 in the MIAA. Despite winning 9 of 16 events, the meet was ultimately decided during the final event—the 200 Free Relay—by 0.13 seconds. The event certainly looked promising after Kelly Breshnehan ’13 had the second fastest split.
Hannah Heenan ’15 said, “We all wanted to win, which made this relay have the utmost importance. As the race progressed the cheering became louder and louder. Finally, Taryn Edsall (’13) jumped into the water and as the race closed and the results were shown, our excitement was instantly shattered.”
All that is left to focus on for the Women’s Swim & Dive team is the MIAA Championship that begins Feb. 13 and continues for four days. Currently, the Lady Hornets are ranked third in the MIAA, trailing Calvin College and Hope College. According to miaa.org, the MIAA Champion will be “determined solely by the outcome of the end-of-season conference championship meet.”
Thus, any of the seven conference members have an opportunity to win the championship. All signs point to Calvin College as the favorite and it will be a difficult task to beat them. But players like Hannah Olsen ’15 remain optimistic, “everyone has been swimming fast lately and we have been building up a lot of confidence heading into the upcoming championship meet.”
The conference championship is in two weeks, let’s hope the ladies can pull off an upset.