Written by Sam Marsh & Lorena Saenz
Megaphone Staff Writer & Sports Editor
This past weekend the Bucs swim team competed in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet in Southlake, Texas.
It was held at Southlake Carroll High School, and co-hosted by Austin College, Trinity University and Southwestern. This was a year of great improvement from recent years, showing growth in the program.
Senior Kyle Marshall had plenty to say: “I felt that this was the best SCAC meet that we have had in a while. We have an awesome group of first-year men who did an excellent job this weekend. We scored more points as a men’s team this year than we have in a long time. The women also did a fantastic job. They had a lot of girls come back and swim in the finals and it was exciting to see how great they did.”
The official results, from the University Athletics’ website, are this: The women’s team placed fifth, and the men collected ninth place. For the women, it was the team’s best finish since 2003, when the Pirates took fourth.
First-year Bailey Thompson posted a second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:09.61, less than a second behind DePauw’s Katie Doogan. Thompson also swam the last leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay, teaming with Jessie Carrier, Michelle Comerota and Sam Kessler to place sixth with a time of 3:46.14.
Junior Alana Bergfield posted a third-place time of 2:29.22 in the 200-yard breaststroke finals with first-year Kassie Krusely coming in 12th.
Carrier finished the 100-yard freestyle in 54.75 to take home fifth place, while Comerota finished 15th.
Kessler finished the 200-yard butterfly in 2:17.43 for a seventh-place showing.
For the men, sophomore Jon LaRochelle had a 14th-place showing in the 200-yard breaststroke. The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of John Prater, Taylor Steele, Rit Fetherston and Kyle Marshall placed eighth.
This has been a year of growth for the teams, with the women’s team doubling in size, and the men having a relay team for the first time in two years.
A common note from all the swimmers was the eager support given to everybody.
“The best part about our team is that everyone gets up and cheers when a teammate is swimming. We are all on the side of the pool cheering. You don’t see that with every team,” Marshall said.
Senior Allie Stevenson added, “This team is known for being incredibly supportive of each other, and again we saw that happen at this meet.”
As things came to end, everybody was happy with the results and eagerly looking forward to next year. This year has shown that Pirates can swim, and that it’s looking up from here.
“This has been one of the more challenging things we’ve had to face, but we’ve pulled through,” first-year John Prater said, “but it’s still sad to see the seniors go.”