Leopards Open 2007-08 Campaign With Lafayette Relay Invite
Oct. 16, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened its competitive season October 13th, as the Leopards hosted the Lafayette College Relay Invitational. Seton Hall and Lehigh joined the three-team relay invitational, both of which Lafayette will since once the dual meet season commences.
Head coach Jim Dailey gave his assessment to the day, calling the day a success with many positives to take from the opening event of the 2007-08 campaign.
"This meet was an opportunity to get that first race under our belts without the pressure of team scores," Dailey said.
"We participate in only two invitational meets all year which are not scored. That way we can swim our athletes in events out of their ordinary specialties."
Coach Dailey was impressed by the majority of his squads, but gave high praise to his first year freshmen class.
"We had some outstanding performances from our first year class," Dailey said. "Their first meet is an important time to swim close to best times. If they can do that this early they feel confident in our training philosophy and will commit to the remainder of the season."
"This isn't to sell short the upper classes performances," Dailey said. "The upper classes performed ahead of expectations. We are swimming ahead of where we were at this point last year. The team is comfortable with the swimming training and lifting programs. They are maximizing their strengths gains thanks to strength and conditioning coach, Brad Potts."
Dailey now turns his attention to the training schedule and getting ready for the heart of the season.
"I'm excited about the great beginning to our season," Dailey said. "We have 18 training days prior to our first scored dual meet against Seton Hall, Loyola and Georgetown on November 3rd. If our times were this good without any sprint work for the sprinters and pace work for the distance swimmers, our times on November 3rd should be really surprising." The athletes are really excited to go head to head against somebody. We have done nothing but train since September 4th. We'll be ready for our opener."