Sports

Swim Team Bonding Leads to Promising Season

Sarah Pardus
Chief Copy Editor

Four meets into the season, the Goucher College Swim Team has had some impressive swims thanks to the addition of many new faces to the program. While both the men’s and the women’s teams are off to a rocky start in their competitive season, head coach Tom Till and graduate assistant Maggie Mulderrig are confident that it does not reflect their potential going into the conference meet.

Although the team has been unable to secure a win in the first four meets, Mulderrig is “certain that good things await this program as the season progresses.”

Goucher men’s and women’s swim teams practice sprint sets in the Eline von Borries Aquatics Center in the Student Recreation Center. (Photo: Shawn Hwei).

Till doesn’t feel that the team’s record shows how much they have progressed even from just last year. Many of the meets have been close, coming down to the last few events on the men’s side. This puts them in a good position to do some damage in the conference championship. Coach Till mentions that the team has been able to “break into the top ten in the Goucher swim program history” and hopes the trend continues throughout the remainder of the season.

In terms of the changing dynamics of the team, the Gophers were able to bring in a large class of first years to form an entirely new group of athletes. Mulderrig commented that no two seasons are ever exactly the same and she is “always surprised each year when this happens.”

Till added that the team already has a “tight family atmosphere in and out of the pool” which is important for teams to reach goals that might otherwise seem unattainable.

This year, the men’s team is striving for top four in the conference. Muderrig notes that these goals could not be achieved without the feeling of refreshed determination she notices amongst the team. The leadership did not go unnoticed, as she feels that there are many different types of leaders who work together to form one cohesive unit, allowing the team to guide itself where it wants to go. The determination that Mulderrig talks about will help bring the team to where they want to be in the conference championships in February.

The swim team has always been a close-knit group. The Gophers are just over a month into their season now and this year is proving to be no exception. It is apparent that the two teams blend together when listening to junior Tierney Doran talk about the family atmosphere and sophomore Kellyn Brower echo those thoughts: There is no men’s team and women’s team; rather, they are one swim team.

Both Brower and Doran commented on the potential for the men’s team to do well this season. Doran is “really excited about the boy’s team this year” and “couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to share a pool with them.”

The program brought in many new fast swimmers for the men’s team this year such as twins Morgan and Colin Richter and Danny Carroll. These three are just a few of the “fresh personalities” that are meshing well with the returning swimmers. Those veteran swimmers are more than happy to “guide the new members of the team and help get them up to speed with our expectations,” according to Till.

While having such a young team does pose some challenges, Till explained that with a family atmosphere already in place, it takes care of itself. As a result of team camaraderie, many swimmers note that it feels like they’ve been practicing together for months. The season is flying by with only two more meets  for the women and one more for the men before winter break.

Overall, the team is excited to see how far the they can go this year, although Doran said it best: “This year is a great year to be a swimmer at Goucher.”

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