January 27, 2012

Training pace slows for Senior Day

The women’s swimming and diving team is hosting Senior Day this Saturday against DePauw University at the Myers-McLoraine Pool. The Maroons are coming off of a dual meet loss against UW–Milwaukee; DePauw (2–2) just beat Illinois–Wesleyan last Saturday.

Despite the loss last Saturday, the Maroons think they’re ready for this meet.

“We worked really hard this [past] weekend, especially in the second half of the meet, making sure that, even if we were behind, we weren’t going to just give up,” fourth-year Laura Biery said. “This week we’ve started to back off a little, lowering the intensity while keeping the yardage up.”

Even though they are lowering their training intensity, the Maroons aren’t underestimating DePauw.

“DePauw is a really good team; we always have a lot of fun racing against them,” Biery said. “We’re pretty evenly matched, but I’d have to say we’re a much better team.”

This is the last meet before conference championships and the last dual meet, putting added pressure on the fourth-year swimmers. Even though it will not be their last time swimming in the pool, it will be the last time they are representing the Maroons as a unified team against one opponent.

“It’s definitely weird knowing this is my last home meet,” Biery said. “However, it’s also exciting for the fourth-years to be in this place in our swimming career. It’s the culmination of something we’ve been working at almost nonstop for ten or more years.”

Biery will be joined by fellow fourth-years Amanda Kim, Kelsey Kubelick, Tara Levens, Anna Schleusener, and Jacqueline Trudeau for Senior Day on Saturday. To catch the action, stop by the Myers-McLoraine Pool at 1 p.m.