Christian Rodriguez, Assistant Sports Editor
The Utica College women’s swim and dive team are coming off a 6-8 record last year and are looking to build on that record in the 2017-18 season.
Senior medley/freestyler Phoebe King says she couldn’t wait any longer for her senior campaign to begin. King is expecting great ambition from everyone on the team this season.
“My expectations for this year is for my team to work hard and always put in 100 percent to everything,” King said. Whether it be lifts, practice or meets, I think we will all do great if we focus on what we need to get better at.”
Leading up to her senior season, King says she worked a lot on getting stronger overall to help herself succeed this year.
“I lifted a lot during the off season,” King said. “I also swam when I could, and ate healthy.”
King has made it a personal objective to better all of her times from last season and give 100 percent each meet.
“I started the season off strong,” he said. “I want to end strong as well. It’s my last year swimming and I want to make it the best one yet.”
Teammate Grace Gallentine says she expects to see herself drop a little bit more time in her main events, which are the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle.
“I’m excited that we have access to new training tools this season,” Gallentine said. “I can’t wait to see improvements in my flip-turns and breakouts to help me reach my goals.”
This summer, Gallentine says she dedicated her off season to preparing for veterinary school after Utica College.
“I was thrilled to intern at the Utica Zoo this summer, and it definitely kept me busy,” she said.
The long season doesn’t worry Gallentine as she says she isn’t too concerned about not being in shape by the time the Empire 8 championships come around.
“Practices can be tough and boring, and morning practices are disheartening, but encouragement can go a long way,” Gallentine said. “It’s all going to be worth it in the end when we swim our final events at Champs.”
Men’s Swim and Dive
The Utica College men’s swim and dive team had a winning record last season going 7-6 and are looking keep a winning record.
Senior breaststroke Dean Schrider wants to see every member be successful in whatever event they compete in.
“My expectations for the season are for every member to reach their personal best time and to reach their personal goals,” Schrider said.
Schrider made it a point of emphasis for himself during the off season to cut some weight.
“I ran a lot and was in the gym as much as I was home,” Schrider said. “So hard work does pay off even if it’s just a summer.”
Schrider says a personal goal for him this year is to simply do his best in whatever he does, along with his teammates.
“It’s my senior year and swimming is my life,” Schrider said. “But I don’t want to reach my goals without the team reaching theirs as well. So I’d like us all to do our best and come out on top.”
Senior Daniel Angotti says his expectation this year is to “hopefully get some more records.” According to Angotti, that has been the goal of the team for the past three seasons.
“I know swimming is an individual sport,” he said. “We are trying to make it more of a team thing.”
This season, Angotti says the team is focusing on changing strokes to prevent injuries.
“There have been a lot of shoulder injuries,” Angotti said. “We are working with our coaches to help change our strokes to limit those pains.”
Angotti hopes to get the 100 back record for Utica College.
Both the men and women have gotten off to a good start. The men are currently 3-2 on the season while the women are at 3-3.