Men’s Swimming and Diving Gears up for Zippy, Bomber Invites

The Cornell men’s swimming and diving team is looking forward to a weekend of high-level competition, although the squad will be split up. One segment of the team will travel to the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, and the rest will compete at the Bomber Invitational, closer to home at Ithaca College. “We are not able to travel our entire squad to Akron this weekend, so we will have a group of athletes competing at the Ithaca college meet this weekend also,” said head men’s swim coach Wes Newman. “Those swimmers and divers will also have a great opportunity to compete in a positive atmosphere and show the coaching staff what they are capable of. We are looking forward to seeing the performances from both Ithaca College and Akron this weekend.”

The team is looking forward to its first time at the Zippy Invite, where it expects to clock some of the fastest times of the season thus far, with the combined forces of facing strong competition and entering the competition well-rested.

Men’s Swimming and Diving Aims to Improve Dual, Ivy Records

Cornell men’s swimming and diving enters the 2016-2017 season with a unified goal in mind: to improve its dual meet record and ultimately rise in the Ivy League. The team aims to build on the success of last year’s season with the addition of new faces and the improvement of old. Head coach Wes Newman expects his three captains, senior David Zurmuhl, senior Luke Reisch and junior Jack Brenneman, to “continue a strong tradition of leaders on the team.”

Their leadership will be especially important in guiding the team’s ten freshmen, a talented group with the potential to fill the gaps in the lineup left by last year’s seniors. “Freshman year is always a big adjustment in college, and balancing that with athletics can be a challenge,” Newman said. “I know that if this class balances both its athletic and academic responsibilities well this season, they will make an immediate positive impact on our program.”

Some significant gaps the freshmen look to fill include those left by alumni Victor Luo and Taylor Adams, who specialized in breaststroke and sprint events, respectively, and helped the team to its fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in 2016, which was the team’s best finish since 2009.