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Scots ready to dive into conference meet

February 15, 2013

Zach Johnson / The Courier - Head coach Alex de la Pena leads swimmers in preparation for this weekend's MWC Championships.

At the end of a long season comes the Midwest Conference Championship meet. On Feb. 15, the MC swimming and diving team will compete in the championship meet hosted by Grinnell College.

It has been a successful season for the Fighting Scots, and according to head coach Alex de la Pena, it has been a team effort.

“The key to our success has been the upper classmen leadership, our work ethic and our attitude. The team has really gelled and came together as a family,” said de la Pena. “They support and trust each other 100 percent. This is a very competitive team that has worked very hard all year, and I am confident that it will pay off next weekend.”

The MC swimming and diving team’s regular season came at a critical point in the season after competing against Western University and rival Augustana College. The team finished the meet with impressive scores, seven personal-bests and placed first in the women’s relay.

According to sophomore diver Clarissa Henby, this season has been a season of learning, which has lead to success.

“Personally, I hope to get lifetime bests on the board as well as in swimming,” Henby said. “I would like to re-break my diving record from last year. Since it is my first year swimming, I just hope to drop more time at our final meet and score points for the team.”

While personal bests are paramount, the team’s overall success proves to trump all individual goals.

“As for our team, I hope to place in top three for girls and boys,” Henby said. “Seeing as we placed number three for girls, and number five for boys last year, our goal is definitely reachable.”

De la Pena hopes the recent success will serve as a “snowball effect,” resulting in victories.

“Our goal for this event is to place third or higher for both the men and the women. We are also looking to break a few school records and add to the ‘top ten times in program history’ list,” de la Pena said.

As the Fighting Scots wait in anticipation for a season-defining weekend, they stay focused and prepared to put the team ahead of themselves.

Samantha Barranco
Contributing Writer

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