Women's swimmers energized to improve Patriot League standings.
Oct. 1, 1999
The women's team will be looking to erase a disappointing dual meet record from last year and improve upon its Patriot League standing behind the experience of a small, but outstanding upperclass and the energy and performances of a large and very talented first-year class.
"We are looking forward to this year," said Head Coach Jim Dailey. "The team and I are excited to have the majority of our team represented in numbers by the freshman and sophomore classes. The future will be with them and I know they will live up to the expectations."
The competiveness of the team will change this year because of the 14 new faces on the team. Dailey is looking for contributions from butterfliers Nancy Haystrand and Kate Dickie, freestylers Meredith Smith and Trisha Zeytoonjian, backstrokers Alison Scudder and Alison Hindenlang, and individual medley swimmers Erika Hoke, Brenda Thayer, Ellen Rogers and Christine Williams.
The leadership will fall on the shoulders of seniors Katie DeVoldre and Karyn Sluzar as well as junior Beth Wysntra. Dailey expects Wynstra to repeat as an All-Patriot League performer after setting two school records in the 200 free and 500 free events at last season's championships. Senior Erin Teeple will be a major contributor in the middle distance freestyle events. DeVoldre will look to make an impact in the breastroke events, while Sluzar will add depth in the middle distance, free and IM events.
Senior Marisa Gaudreau will lead the diving squad back onto the boards. She will be accompanied by senior Heather Stoltz and first year student Jessica Rowlands, a Marquis Scholar.
"Increasing our talent pool and number of divers should automatically keep us in many of the meets we didn't win last year" said Dailey.
Both the sophomore and junior classes will also have to contribute for the team to be successful. Joelle Biedenbach and Becky Laudenberger will have to continue to improve in the breastroke events. Flier Jessika Luth will have to stay healthy.
"The success of our team will be dependent upon all the women working together to be a team and keeping the sport fun. Once that is accomplished the improvement in our dual meet record will be easy to obtain." said Dailey.