Women’s Swimming and Diving
Having had the last two weeks to prepare for the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the John Carroll University women’s swimming and diving team knows one thing: It’s go time.
The Blue Streaks (7-7, 4-1 OAC) ended the regular season by winning their last two meets, defeating both Hiram College and Baldwin Wallace University in the process. With a little bit of momentum on their side, the Blue Streaks will be ready to compete at the Championships, which span from today through Saturday, Feb. 16 in Akron, Ohio.
The Blue and Gold will be led by senior Julia Adams, the reigning OAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year. Adams won three individual events at the Championships last season en route to helping JCU pick up a third-place finish among six teams.
Sophomore Victoria Watson will also be depended upon to pick up points for JCU, as she ended the regular season with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle event against Baldwin Wallace. Sophomore Karyn Adams, the younger Adams sister, also took home a first-place finish against BW by winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.40.
After finishing in third place at the OAC Championships in each of the last three seasons, it’s safe to say that the Blue Streaks are ready to reach new heights.
Competition will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of The University of Akron. The start time of 11 a.m. will be the same on both Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at the same venue.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
While the women’s team has finished in third place for three consecutive years at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the men’s team has done something similar: They’ve finished in second place each of the past three years. Now, with more than two weeks passing since their last meet, the Blue Streaks (4-10, 1-4 OAC) will have their sights set on picking up that ever-elusive first-place finish.
While struggling somewhat during the regular season, there is undoubtedly still a core of talent on the Blue Streaks’ roster that will be depended upon this weekend.
The Blue and Gold will be led by senior Drew Edson and junior Nick Holvey, both of whom were big contributors in JCU’s narrow 118-109 loss against Baldwin Wallace to end the regular season.
Edson fared well at the OAC Championships last year, finishing second in the 200 freestyle event and fifth in the 500 freestyle to help pick up points for the Blue and Gold. On the other hand, Holvey contributed by finishing in third place in the 200 IM event, while picking up a fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly.
Sophomore Nick Bockanic will also need to do his part if the Blue Streaks are to have success this weekend. Bockanic finished in first place in the 100 back event against Baldwin Wallace, finishing with a time of 59.33
The OAC Championships will take place at the Ocasek Natatorium on the campus of The University of Akron. The Championships will span over the course of three days, beginning today and ending on Saturday, Feb. 16. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. on all three days.