The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are each known for having a rich tradition of winning at John Carroll University, but both teams have gotten off to rough starts in the 2010-2011 campaign.
The men’s team currently heads into their mid-season break with an overall record of 3-5 (1-1 OAC) while the women’s team has an overall record of 2-7 (1-1 OAC).
While each team has had their struggles thus far in the season, perhaps the highlight of each team’s season came at the annual Carroll Classic held in the Johnson Natatorium on campus.
The men’s team finished in first place out of four teams, while the women’s team claimed second out of five teams.
Each team now heads into a mid-season break that is nearly two months long, as the two teams last had a meet on Nov. 30 and won’t have another until Jan. 21.
A break that long between competition is never easy for any team, but the Blue Streaks swimming and diving teams will stay focused.
“We just stay in shape for now and we have a training trip during Christmas break in Florida,” senior Nick Grady said. “We’ll compete against a team during [Christmas break in Florida] and be able to focus on what we need to do in the water to finish the season strong.”
Grady also isn’t oblivious to the rough patch that both teams seem to have hit as of late, but he’s confident that they can turn their seasons around.
“We have had our ups and downs this season but we are moving forward with a winning mindset and making sure that we don’t slip up again,” Grady said. “We have the opportunity to get some more fast times in before the conference meet.”
Each team has five more meets, including one home meet against Hiram College, before the Ohio Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships begin on Feb. 17. That’s the date the team has circled on their calendar.
Each team will be given plenty of time to regroup and make a run at a conference championship this winter.
Grady knows winning a conference title won’t be easy, but feels each team will be ready for the challenge when the opportunity arrives.
“Taking the championship will be a big challenge, but come February, we will be at our best and ready to go.”