Boston, MA - Despite the fact that it's only the third meet of the 2011-12 season for the Husson University Swimming and Diving Team, the Eagles are already preparing for their conference championships.
The Eagles compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for swimming, and are one of seven teams that will compete in this weekend's meet. Husson will compete in individual events and relays, as well as the diving competition. Erin Benner (Morrow, OH) is seeded first in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 200 Yard Backstroke and could likely see the finals in the 100 Yard IM as well, diver Martina Bosse (Brewer, ME) is seeded second in the 1 meter dive and is the sole competitor in the 3 meter event, Megan Call (Levant, ME) is projected to sit in the pivotal 8th spot in both the 100 Yard and 200 Yard Breaststroke and is looking to earn an invite to the finals heats, Hali Fleishman (Brewer, ME) is seeded just outside of the top eight in the 100 Yard Freestyle, but is poised to make a bid for the finals, and a number of the relay teams are expecting to score in the meet.
"It can be hard sometimes to get mentally prepared for a championship so early in the season, but I'm extremely pleased with the mental approach that the girls are taking," said head coach Butch Babin. "This is good motivation for some of our younger competitors as well as a nice stepping stone for New Englands."
While Swimming and Diving is very much comprised of individual events, at the collegiate level it also encompasses the team aspect by allowing the opportunity for individual performers to earn points which add to their team's total cumulative score. Swimmers qualify for regional championships - like the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships in which the Eagles are planning to compete in February - by meeting set times based on the competitors from the previous season.
"We have two swimmers who have already qualified, and two more that have made B times and are looking to qualify in other events this weekend and during the rest of the season." Coach Babin continued. "Most of the teams we are competing against have a full array of swimmers, but we are carrying just 12, so as for the team competition, we'd be thrilled with a 5th or 6th place finish."
The Husson Swimming and Diving team had only eight swimmers last season, and is looking forward to continued growth under Coach Babin in the years to come.