|Saturday is Senior Day for 10 Vandals|
The Vandal Swim and Dive team will close - its season as its takes on the Beavers of Oregon State Saturday at 11 a.m. at the UI Swim Center. The Vandals hope to end their season on a high note and send the seniors out with a bang.
“We love racing at home and love competing at home,” coach Mark Sowa said. “We love being in front of Vandals and love staying on the Palouse. We feed off of our home crowd and we compete here.”
Saturday is also Senior Say for 10 of the Idaho swimmers and divers. The seniors have played a big part in the team’s success this year with their leadership and their competitiveness in the pool and on the diving board. The seniors hope that their contributions to the program will help carry the team to even greater success in the future.
“The seniors mean everything to us,” Sowa said. “doesn’t make sense. It’s not so much about what the clock says or how many points you score on the diving board, it’s about how you carry yourself, how you compete, who you are.”
Senior Paige Hunt will dive in her last home meet on Saturday and says that her favorite moment so far in her career at Idaho was earning the WAC Diver of the Year award last season.
“I think the most important thing is to not only show the school but our community that there is a swim and dive team and that we’re here to compete and dominate anyone who comes on our home turf and to show who the Vandals are and show Vandal pride,” Hunt said.
Senior Megan Venlos also is excited for the meet Saturday and believes her team is capable of earning a win against OSU.
“I’m excited for this weekend,” Venlos said. “I think we can give OSU a run for their money.”
Sowa says teamwork is the key to a win Saturday and has prepared his team for close meet.
“We continually talk about how this is a team effort, we can’t sit back and let our best performers do all of the work,” Sowa said. “OSU will be very prepared coming in here.”
Here is a list of the Vandal seniors.
· Paige Conrad is a senior from Fort Mill, S.C., and attended Nation Ford High School. Conrad was a member of the 800 free relay team that holds the 10th-fastest time in school history.
· Paige Hunt has had an excellent career at Idaho and might go down as the best diver in school history. She holds all three diving records at Idaho as well as 16 of the top 20 1-meter dives, 15 of the top 20 3-meter dives, and 10 of the top 20 platform dives. Hunt also was chosen WAC Diver of the Year last season. Hunt is a transfer from Mesa Community College where she spent one year before joining the Idaho Swim and Dive team.
· Mairin Jameson is a senior from Fargo, N.D., where she attended Oak Grove Lutheran High School. Jameson has the ninth,10th, 13th and 15th-best one-meter dives in school history and the sixth, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th-best three-meter scores.
· Melissa Kirby is a senior from Spokane, Wash., where she attended Mead High School and spent two seasons at Spokane FallsCommunity College.
· Sammi Mischkot is a senior from Salem, Ore., where she attended Sprague High School. She swam the fifth fastest 1,000 free time in school history as a sophomore and has the 13th best time in the 100 back when she swam at the 2013 WAC Championship Meet.
· Kelsi Potterf is a senior diver from Bonney Lake, Wash., where she attended Bonney Lake High School. She had personal bests in all three dives as a junior and is ranked 13th, 17th and 18th on the all-time platform list.
· Sydney Roberts is a senior swimmer from Scottsdale, Ariz., She has been a versatile swimmer for the Vandals in the backstroke and freestyle events and has competed in the WAC Championship Meet multiple times.
· Kori Ungaretti is a senior swimmer for the Vandals from Missoula, Mont. She is a member of the team that swam 10th-best 800 free relay in school history and also has the 19th fastest 200 fly time in school history.
· Megan Venlos is senior captain for the Vandals from Elgin, Ill, where she attended St. Edward Central Catholic High School. She is a member of school-record holding 400 and 800 free relay teams as well as a member of four top 10 200 relay teams, seven top 10 400 relay teams and the top four 800 relay teams. She is a member of two of the best 200 medley teams and three of the top 10 400 medley teams and is regarded as one of the Vandals’ top freestyle swimmers.
· Lyndsay Williams is a senior swimmer from Aurora, Colo., and attended Grandview High School. She is the school record holder in the 400 IM and has nine of the top 10 fastest times in that event and ranks has high as fourth on the all-time 200 IM list with five of the top 20 times, which includes four of the top 10. She is also a member of the school-record holding 800 free relay team as well as the groups with the second- and third-fastest times.