|Swim and Dive Excited to be Home|
The Vandal Swimming and Diving team will make its way back to Moscow this weekend when they compete against Northern Colorado on Friday Oct. 18 and Washington State Saturday Oct. 19 at the UI Swim Center. The team is very excited to be swimming at home with Vandal fans cheering them on.
“We love racing in Moscow,” Coach Mark Sowa said. “Historically this team has been great when we’re here. They feed off the fans. I think it’s a great facility for us to race in and the girls know it well. We’re happy to be home.”
These next couple days will be a tough test for the Vandals but coach Sowa says that the fans will help his team race well this weekend.
“I think these girls legitimately feed off the Vandal fans,” Sowa said. “Vandal fans show up, they get excited by what we’re doing and I think our girls are excited to represent them with some pride and conviction.”
The two day format is nothing new to the team. Sowa says that this schedule will help them when it come to the WAC Championships in late February where the swimmers and divers compete for three days.
“They’re used to doing two practices multiple times during the week,” Sowa said. “These girls train 9 or 10 times during the week. They’re used to doing that but it’s a different stress. What’s nice is the girls who will repeat the same event friday and saturday they have stuff to work on.”
Sowa hopes that the immediate feedback from Friday’s meet will help them on Saturday. The back to back meets will also give the coaches a chance to evaluate multiple positions during the weekend.
During Friday’s meet against Northern Colorado the team will be wearing pink Speedo suits to promote their charity event on Nov. 3 called Breaststroke for Hope. The event will raise money for people suffering with breast cancer.The Northern Colorado meet start time is 5 p.m. on Friday and the WSU meet starts at 12p.m. on Saturday.