Swimming racks up records at final meet

The Wetcats have completed their season with the Northwest Conference Championships from Feb. 14-16 at Federal Way, Wash.

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Photo Courtesy of Kelly Bird
Senior Lee Rivers swims the breaststroke leg of the men’s 200-meter medley relay on Feb. 14 at the NWC Championships.

Although no one will be continuing on after these meets, many of the swimmers got new personal bests or lifetime best. Freshman Rita Cohen dropped 13 seconds over the season in the 200 meter freestyle and she also broke two minutes on Saturday. Senior Maggie May and junior Tori Nickerson both marked new lifetime bests. Junior Troy Thomas got a lifetime best in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly and the 100 meter freestyle.

“The meet has gone well,” senior Lee Rivers said. “Almost everyone on the team has improved his or her place or gotten best times on at least one of their races. Since we train the whole season for this meet, it is fun to watch all our hard work pay off. “

The team is encouraged to see the improvement that was made during this season, but they aren’t going to focus on that very long. The Wetcats are looking forward to the next semester to make a bigger splash in the conference.

“As far as how this season went, we had a pretty tough season, but I think we came together as a team and swam well,” senior Chris Mapp said. “The experience we had this year is certainly valuable going forward. As for what we’ll be working on next year that’s hard to say, it depends a lot on our incoming freshman. “

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor