By JOHN MCGRORTY
This year, the Cornell men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hope to improve upon their recent performances in order to build the speed necessary to push into the top half of the Ivy League. So far, the Red has taken significant strides towards success in the conference. Both the men and women successfully defeated Boston College to open up the season. After that first meet, the Red then traveled to Hanover, New Hampshire to compete against Ivy rivals Dartmouth and Harvard.
“The Boston College meet was a huge success for the team and was a really good way to start the season,” junior diver Thomas Hallowell said. “We then went to Dartmouth and had a difficult meet, as we lost some races by close margins. But even when the meet was lost, the team remained strong and had an amazing end to the meet, fighting back for every point.”
According to junior Tim Satterthwaite, it is important for the team not to become complacent and to continue to train with persistence. Since the Boston College meet, the men have lost four straight meets, but more than half of the season still lies before them.
“People feel good during races despite our hard workouts, but I think it’s important that we continue training hard in order to keep having some success,” he said. “I think that working on some of the fundamentals and mental toughness is what the team most needs to work on for the rest of the season. I think that there is a lot of the season to go with a lot of hard training up ahead and some really tough opponents. I think everyone is excited to see how the end of the season will go once we get some rest in and take on one of our other rivals, Brown.”
Down under | The women defeated Princeton and Penn on Nov. 23 for their third conference win of the season.