Swim teams prepare to challenge conference competitor

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are gearing up to face Manchester University, a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference competitor, at home this Saturday.

The meet comes two weeks after the teams’ previous meet was cancelled at the Illinois Institute of Technology, which created more time to prepare for tomorrow’s matchup.

“I think we’ve had our best start in the history of our program,” said Andrew Hendricks, head swimming and diving coach. “This year, we’ve been faster. We’ve been improving every week in practice.”

After the debut of both the men and women programs at the Indiana Division III Invitational, held at Wabash College on Oct. 15, the men finished fourth out of six teams while the women took home second out of five teams.

Hendricks said both swim teams are poised to win tomorrow’s competition. Manchester is still building their team this season, according to Hendricks.

Junior Hannah Bennett and senior Matthew Western are both confident in the Grizzlies’ performance.

“As a team, we are expecting easy wins for both the men and women, with some good races coming from both sides,” Western said.

Hendricks expects the teams to take advantage of this Saturday’s competition as a time to focus on any areas of their swimming that needs improvement

Saturday’s competition marks the first home meet of the season. With the cancellation of the Oct. 22 meet, swimmers used the extra time for practice and rest for tomorrow’s meet at Franklin Community Middle School.

“I don’t think there is a higher stress level to do well at home,” Bennett said. “We always bring our ‘A’ game to meets, whether they be home or away. We want to swim our fastest times and do the best we can do individually, and as a team.”

The main goal for both teams is to continue growing competitively and to see competitions as an opportunity to become better competitors.

“Overall, we want to continue our success, pushing towards another championship for the men and striving for the first championship for the women,” Western said. “We are also working towards going to nationals,

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Ashley Steeb is the sports editor for The Franklin. She is a Multimedia journalism major with minors in History and Public Relations. Ashley covered the 2016 Republican National Convention for TheStatehouseFile.com and is a contributing author in the Greatest Sports Stories in the History of Indiana. In her limited spare time, Ashley loves watching Butler basketball, San Francisco Giants baseball, Golf, and NASCAR.

This is Ashley’s third year on The Franklin staff and her first year in a leadership role. She previously held positions as a reporter for the News, Sports and Opinion sections.

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