Written by Allan Smith
Megaphone Staff Writer
The SU Men’s and Women’s swim team competed well in their last two meets despite being in a heavy training block in preparation for the SCAC Championships in February. The Pirates turned in many good performances at their meet in Orange, CA against Chapman University on Jan. 6.
On the men’s side, first-year John Prater had an excellent meet, earning three lifetime bests and winning the 500 freestyle. Taylor Steele also swam well with wins in the 100 and 200 freestyles and two season bests, and first-year Dustin McCammon also posted a pair of wins in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke with season best times. The team finished with an 87-87 tie vs. Chapman.
“I was disappointed that the guys couldn’t pull off the win, but they raced well,” said Coach Steve Brandt.
“We didn’t lose any close races throughout the meet, and John Prater and Taylor Steele have really turned a corner. We are really starting to see the fruits of their training pay off.”
The women also had some great performances in a 119-74 win over Chapman. Alana Bergfield and Jessie Carrier had a combined 6 wins, including victories in the medley relay. First-year Sam Kessler picked up wins in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and first-year Michelle Comerota won the 1,000 freestyle.
“It was a good chance to see the women race some off events and race well off the training block,” said Coach Brandt. “Katie Coleman continues to make a lot of strides forward, and I was glad to see her do well.”
In the Pirates last home meet vs. McMurry last Saturday, the women picked up a 125-100 victory while the men showed some solid performances despite a 71-114 loss. Alana Bergfield and Jessie Carrier again combined for 6 wins, leading the way for the women. First-year Kassie Kruesly won the 200 IM, and Michelle Comerota won the 100 freestyle. For the men, Dustin McCammon and Taylor Steele combined for 3 wins. John Prater won the 100 backstroke in a gutsy effort, earning a lifetime best. Prater also posted a lifetime best in the 200 freestyle.
“This really sets the tone going into SCAC. I look forward to seeing everyone swim even faster times once we begin to taper,” said Coach Brandt
The Pirates next meet is January 25-26 at Trinity. The SCAC Championships will be held on February 14-16 in Southlake, TX.