|Swimmers, divers ready|
The University of Idaho Women’s Swim and Dive team is racing for a championship this week at the Western Athletic Conference Championship meet at San Antonio, Texas. The event starts Wednesday and continues through Saturday.
The Vandals are 5-2 on the season and Coach Mark Sowa believes his team has enough depth to bring home the trophy.
“Take it one swim at a time and not get too far ahead of ourselves,” Sowa said. “We’re going to have some really good swims and we might have not so good swims. The team that can take it one swim at a time and keep it within themselves and focus on the task at hand is the one who usually wins.”
The Vandals have been preparing for more than a month for this meet and Sowa says that the rest will help them during the emotional four-day meet.
“Traveling from Moscow takes its toll on them physically, I think, so it’s nice to get healthy and work on stuff,” Sowa said. “We are not stale at all. I think in a lot of ways we’re ready to race.”
During last year’s WAC Championship meet, the Vandals took home four event victories. Then sophomore swimmer Rachel Millet won the 200 IM and the 200 free. Sophomore Jamie Sterbis won the 200 fly as a freshman and then junior Paige Hunt won the 3-meter dive and was WAC Diver of the Year.
“When we focus on what is exactly ahead of us and what our next event is then we will be really good,” senior swimmer and team captain Megan Venlos said. “We have shown it in meets where we have done that. If we do that then the Vandals are unstoppable.”
Two of the top Vandal swimmers this season are Millet and Erica Anderson, also a junior. Millet has the top time in the WAC for the 50 free (23.13), 100 free (50.30), 200 free (1:48.11) and 200 IM (2:00.36). She also has the third-best time in the 200 back (2:00.19). Anderson has the top time in the WAC in the 100 breast (1:02.65), the second-best time in the 200 breast, and the fourth-best time in the 50 free (23.60).
“The beauty about swimming and diving is that we can control our own destiny in a lot of ways,” Sowa said. “We can’t control what other teams do. It’s not like we can block better, set a screen, or anything along those lines. What we do, either on the board or in the lane, is up to us and we can't control what any other team does.”