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Young Aqualopers dive into the season
Rachael Cochran
Antelope Staff
Photo by Rachel Cochran
Sophomore Heather Glodt practices breaststroke techniques. Glodt was RMAC Swimmer of the Week twice last season.

Take four swimmers and add one pool. The result: a swim team.

Two years ago this scene was a reality. Now, however, the small start is a distant memory compared to the five returning sophomores and seven new freshmen on the roster this year.  The swim and dive team continues to grow because of recruiting and changes to the program.

“I really feel that our practice changes have helped us. We do more dry land workouts and tempo practices. We’re small, but we’ve already come together as a team. We push each other more,” Kansas sophomore Heather Glodt said.

The Aqualopers, though a young team, have a competitive edge and have tasted sweet success; both are qualities to help the girls achieve victory this season.

Last year, four of the five returning sophomores placed at conference and helped the team place fifth at conference in San Antonio, Texas. The divers, both returning sophomores, have experience on the collegiate diving board. Wichita, Kan. sophomore Jourdan McKevery placed second on one meter at conference.

The Aqualopers began this year’s season in Omaha this past weekend. Each team member swam six events; this meet allowed the girls to get times and the freshmen got a feel for meets on the collegiate level.

“As a whole, our team put our best effort forward. We each did every event and tried really hard. We were all pretty fatigued, and our times weren't necessarily where we want them to be. The meet was a good experience for the freshmen and conditioning for all of us,” Glodt said.

The swimmers and divers will face Morningside and Colorado School of Mines at home Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. This is the only home meet at Cushing Pool this semester.

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