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No rest for swimming and diving over break

No rest for swimming and diving over break

Business junior Sarida Muslow practices in preparation for a meet. The swim just returned from a training trip in Puerto Rico during winter break. File Photo

No rest for swimming and diving over break
January 14
22:56 2013

Dave Carson / Staff Writer

During the Christmas break, the UNT swimming and diving team had little time away from the pool as it took first place in the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio and spent a week in Puerto Rico training and bonding with teammates.

The team has also reached its highest-ranking of 4th in the nation among mid-major universities. The poll is available to any program outside the six Bowl Championship Series conferences and the Mountain West.

“This is the first time that we have been ranked higher than any other Sun Belt and Conference USA,” head swimming coach Joe Dykstra said. “This poll is a system that is determined by time and not a voted-on poll.”

In Puerto Rico, the team participated in group hikes through a rain forest, kayaking through a mangrove swamp that led into a bay of bioluminescent plankton and 11 workouts in a 50-meter pool.

“In Puerto Rico, those are the toughest practices that we have go through, but it builds us as a team and makes us stronger,” sophomore distance butterfly Kenzie Calkins said.

Last year the team spent seven days in Miami doing the same type of training. To have these types of trips, the swim team has to manage their money by either scheduling closer meets or taking a bus instead of flying to a meet. Earlier this year, the team flew to New Orleans and returned the same day, saving money.

The team has three more dual meets left on the schedule against Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston, Texas Christian University, and nationally ranked No. 2 Texas A&M.

“After this trip from Puerto Rico we are feeling really good about ourselves and we can take on anyone,” junior sprinter Alexis Widacki said. “It felt great being there in the warm climate working out and spending time with teammates.”

Prior to the break, the diving team went to Southlake and competed in the Tiger Shootout in only the one-meter and three-meter diving events. UNT placed second out of eight teams.

Three divers have already qualified for the zone diving competition: senior Delia Covo, junior Rebecca Taylor, and junior Catherine Johnson.

The team’s next meet against SMU and Houston is on Jan. 16 at the Pohl Recreation Center.

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