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Small team + strong bonds = big success
Rachael Cochran-Page
Antelope Staff

After two months of training and preparation, the Aqualopers’ hard work has paid off. The ladies had a chance to flex their muscles this past weekend at the Mutual of Omaha Invitational.  Placing fifth out of eight teams and scoring 342 points was a huge accomplishment for the girls.

“I think that everyone did way good this weekend. There were some really tough teams there, but the girls really kept their heads in the game and swam hard,” said Kansas sophomore and captain Krissie Mikulan.

The team’s success at the Omaha invite has tallied up to three wins so far this season. Extra practices, lifting and dry land training have made a difference this year.

“I feel like we have strengthened muscles that really help us be competitive. We all feel well prepared for meets, and our team bond helps too. We all get along really well and all have a drive to be successful as a team,” Mikulan said.

A smaller team usually limits the ability to win, but not this year. The small bunch, made up of only freshmen and sophomores, continues to succeed.  

“We have a close team, and this weekend was another opportunity to bond more. Because we’re small, we don’t have drama, and we all get along. We can focus on practice and pushing each other to do better rather than worrying about things that aren’t important. This year the team is great,” said Kansas sophomore and captain Heather Glodt.

The girls have completed competition for 2009, but will start off the 2010 competition in Iowa on Jan. 15. The lady Aqualopers have five more meets next semester to finish up their season.  They will compete at home for a final time on Jan. 30, 2010 against UNO.

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