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Swimming and Diving impressive before conference

January 29, 2016

The swimming and diving team had a great overall meet over the weekend. The men’s team finished in second place, while the women’s team finished fourth out of a ten team field. The Monmouth Fighting scots had a number of standout performances that helped them place well.

This swimming and diving meet marks the final meet before the Midwest Conference Championships. Their performance this weekend will serve as great motivation heading forward for both teams.

“We were all able to get well rested and mentally prepared on the three hour bus ride,” said sophomore Tom Cangelosi. “It was important to be well rested and focused because of the talent the other teams brought to the meet. After some early success in the beginning of the meet we really wanted to keep that up because we knew we had an opportunity to place high for the day”

The Scots have had a wonderful start to the year including their very first meet of the year where two individuals set two new Monmouth College swimming records.

Raheem Brown set a new record for the men’s one hundred yard individual medley with a time of 56.62 and Cassidy O’Connell setting the women’s record with a time of 1:06.77. Both individual swimmers had great performances as well as the entire team as a whole.

“The team is focused for the conference meet,” said Cangelosi. “We are going to prepare the same way we have all year.”

The Scots continued their success a week later swimming in a meet against Knox College and Lincoln College. The Fighting Scots dominated in nearly every event winning over two thirds of the events.

The Scots have had a great New Year with many outstanding individual performances and strong performances throughout the entire team. The Scots will send their divers to compete in the Principia Invitational this weekend. This previous invitational was their last as a team before getting ready for the Midwest Conference Championships.

Luke Long
Contributing Writer

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