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Fighting Scots swimming coach looks forward to upcoming season

October 28, 2011

The swim team has been training since early October, and Coach Alexander de la Peña is excited for what the upcoming season will hold for them.

There are 17 swimmers on the team this year, with 16 returning, and three new divers.

With divers on the team, the Scots have the opportunity to gain additional points in meets against other teams with divers.

De la Peña said that the swimmers “always practice with a purpose,” working on their technique, starts, turns and their stroke.

Though most of their training involves the pool, they also incorporate dry-land training and weights into their practices.

De la Peña explained that this type of workout takes up to three to four hours a week, about a quarter of the team’s total practice time.

The team captains include five time conference champion Josh Dunn, seniors Joe Testolin, Kendra Keuhl, Krysta Sparks and junior Amanda Zaidel. They help with team practices as well as making sure the group is working to achieve the team’s goals.

In regards to season objectives, the five members on the men’s team are hoping to place fourth at the Midwest Conference Championships, and the women are setting their sights on third.

De la Peña also feels that a handful of individuals have a shot at making NCAA qualifying times.

He hopes the team will be well-recognized not only for their hard work in the pool but also for the quality of their academics in the classroom and building a reputation of being respectful, loyal and dedicated members of the community.

The team looks forward to their upcoming meets, especially during the second semester when they will face some of their strongest rivals including Knox College, Millikin University and Illinois College.

Their first meet of the season will be Saturday, Oct. 29 at Lake Forest College at 1 p.m.

Rachel Jacob
Contributing Writer

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