|Senior Day success!|
The Vandals finished their last home meet of the season today with a dominating win over PAC-12 Oregon State by a score of 188-86. It was also Senior Day for 10 Vandals and they went out with a bang in their last home meet as a Vandal.
“It was great,” Coach Mark Sowa said. “We love swimming at home and we love swimming in front of a packed crowd and that’s the way we want to send out 10 special people to this program. They have meant a lot to us over the past four years and they have seen this program move forward in a lot of ways.”
Senior Megan Venlos had a great day in the pool with three first place finishes, 200 medley relay (1:43.75), 200 free relay (1:34.90), and 100 free (52.85). She also placed third in the 50 free with a time of 24.41.
“It can be an emotional meet,” Venlos said. “We brought that emotion and focused it on competing well and racing well. The emotion fed into the whole team and that was one thing that helped us be really great today.”
Senior diver Paige Hunt finished her home career on a high note with wins in both the 1-meter dive and 3-meter dive. Hunt also broke her own record again in the 3-meter dive with a score of 331.36.
“We value competition, we value racing and we value holding ourselves to a high standard and being great Vandals,” Sowa said. “The win is great, we love winning but really what we’re proudest of is how we perform, how we compete and how they carry themselves.”
The Vandals will have about a month to prepare for the WAC Conference Championship meet starting Feb. 26 in San Antonio, Texas.
“Momentum only lasts as long as your next training session,” Sowa said. “We’ll get back to work and one of the main things we need to do in the next month is keep them healthy and keep them focused.”