The Beloit College swimming and diving team recently wrapped up their 2013-14 season by competing in the Midwest Conference Championships Feb. 14-16 in Grinnell, Iowa. This proved to be their best meet yet, with Buccaneer women placing sixth, the men seventh, and a total of five new school records set over the course of the weekend.
Two of the records were broken by the end of the opening day. The women’s 400 medley relay of Amalia Dolan’17, Shaunte Moss’16 (pictured above), Dana Olesch’16, and Nora Harty-Holte’14 broke the 2005 record with a 4:17.14 while finishing sixth in the finals. The men’s 200 free relay team of Will McAneny’15, Arthur Staub’14, John Kamada’14, and Austin Smith’16 broke Beloit’s one-year-old record with a 1:29.79, finishing sixth in the evening finals.
“I have to admit, it feels great,” says Kamada, pictured below. “We, as a relay team, worked very hard throughout the season. We were right on the border of breaking the record, so we weren’t sure if we could do it. Now I can’t wait to see my name up on the record board.”
The following day, Olesch and Moss each added a new record to their books. Olesch broke her own 100 fly record with a 1:00.30 fifth-place finish in the finals. Moss also broke her own record in the 100 breast and then broke it again in the finals with a 1:09.39, good for fifth place.
On the final day, Moss set another record, swimming a 2:32.03 in the 200 breast to break the previous record from 2005. She finished eighth in the finals.
“It feels really great, especially when the record is broken unexpectedly,” says Moss. “Honestly, my teammates and coach contributed a lot to my success at swimming in Beloit. At home, in the Bahamas, I never had the amount of support from my team that I do here. The energy that I feel when I am around them is so uplifting.”
According to Head Coach Kevin Schober, 92 percent of the swims done at the conference championships were season-best times. Schober emphasizes that success stems from a consistent level of work ethic and confidence.
“Training hard and training smart is something we work on daily. We also do enough race-pace training over the season that we are all comfortable with competition and race situations,” he says. “You cannot go back and put more work in, you cannot go back and sleep more, you cannot go back and eat healthier, so when it is the end of the season we try to relax and have confidence in what we have done.”
Even with nearly eight months until they are back in the pool as a team, the Buccaneers are already looking forward to the next season.
“I am very pleased with the results (from the championships),” Moss says. “I know that because of our positivity and fighting spirits, we are only going up from here.”