|Vandals at home!|
MOSCOW, Idaho – When University of Idaho swimming coach Mark Sowa says his team is excited about the prospect of some home cooking, he means it literally. For the first time this season, the Vandal swimming and diving team is competing at the UI Swim Center when it takes on Oregon State University in an 11:30 a.m. dual meet Saturday.
Admission is free and all attendees will receive Vandal pom poms.
“It’s just great to be home,” Sowa said. “It’s great to have some home cooking.”
For Vandal fans, it is a chance to see for the first time this year a talented team – one that already has notched school records in six individual events and one relay. True freshman Rachel Millet has led the way with Idaho records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly. Fellow freshman, Erica Anderson, added the Vandal record in the 200 individual medley, and junior Paige Hunt just last weekend broke the 17-year-old 3-meter diving record. Millet and Anderson teamed with senior Si Jia Pang and sophomore Megan Venlos to post the best 800 free relay time in Idaho history.
“They continue to impress me with how competitive they are,” Sowa said. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well they’ve responded to difficult situations.”
Some of those difficulties lie in a schedule that has sent them to Houston to Flagstaff, Ariz., to Las Cruces, N.M., and points in between. What the challenges have done is prepare the team for Saturday’s competition against a PAC 12 opponent.
“We’re going to take one swim at a time; one race at a time,” Sowa said. “(Oregon State) is going to be very well prepared. They’re not going to take us lightly. Just because they’re a PAC 12 opponent, we’re not going to back down.”