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Swimming and diving prepares for conference championships

Swimming and diving prepares for conference championships

February 17
22:04 2015

Alex Lessard / Staff Writer

The Mean Green swimming and diving team will head to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the Conference USA championships Feb. 18-21.

The annual conference meet will give the Mean Green an opportunity to cap off what has been a much improved season under head coach Brendon Bray.

“We train all year long to try to lead up to having great times at the end of the season,” Bray said.

Although it has no wins in the past month, the Mean Green has seen some of its best individual and relay times of the season in recent events. Senior Krista Rossum and junior Jasmine Abercrombie were named the C-USA swimmer and diver of the week last Wednesday, giving the team added confidence going into the championships.

“It’s more of a reflection on everybody,” Bray said. “They come from a training environment that helps them get to where they are.”

Each swimmer will be allowed to participate in three individual events and four relays. Rossum said since the events are spread out, the participants will have time to get into competition mode.

“You have time to prepare, to think,” Rossum said. “It’s good. You have time to warm down and get yourself ready for your race.”

While the format is different, Bray said two-time defending C-USA champion Rice University is the team to beat. The Mean Green defeated Rice in a dual meet on Nov. 1, the only time the team faced a C-USA school all season.

Freshman Sydney Buckley said the squad’s veterans have helped the younger swimmers prepare for the new environment against unfamiliar schools.

“They let us know what to expect and the level of competition we’re going to be facing,” Buckley said.

The team has cut down on practice time and intensity over the past week, focusing on short bursts and recovery in order to reach its peak before the final meet of the season.

“In terms of what they’re doing in their races, it’s no different than what we ask them to do every day, which is nice because that’s how they should be confident about it,” Bray said.

The team had good experiences this season, thanks to multiple three-day invitationals and a matchup against No. 4 Texas A&M University early in the season. Bray said he wants everyone to put forth their best efforts for the championships.

“We just want the girls to swim the best they’ve ever swam,” Bray said.

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