On the eve of the first
meet of the season, junior swimmer and Athletic Communications intern Julianna
Chan contributes this inside look at the first month of the school year and the
start of the swim season:
In years past, we've eased our way into practices at the beginning of the school year. This year was not like that. As soon as everyone finished their back-to-school physicals, we jumped right into double-days and weight training. It was an intense first couple of weeks, as most of us struggled to get back into tip-top shape, but every year our team is getting bigger and better, and our training routines reflect that.
I have been very impressed with our team as a whole by the way we have jumped right into this season. Our new freshmen and one transfer have been so diligent about learning new skills in the weight room and in the pool. It's hard juggling the start of a college school year while also participating in a Division I sport, but they have all done it effortlessly and without complaint. I have also been thrilled with the excitement and leadership that our returners have shown. They have made it their mission to help our freshmen in any way they can, as well as pump one another up in the weight room and in the pool. I'm proud to say I think we are one of the loudest teams on campus.
As a junior, I have noticed how much our team has improved since I was a freshman. The past two years we've earned a fourth-place finish at the conference meet. Although we are ecstatic about our fourth-place finishes, I know that we will all be looking to get top three this year, which I believe to be well within our reach.
Our first meet of the year is against San Diego State, a very respectable team. We swam against them twice last year and did fairly well the second time. I know that we're all setting out to make some upsets and win some races. I think it's just a matter of who wants it, and I know our girls do.
One of the coolest things about our team, and swimming in general, is that each member brings something different. We have our butterfliers, breaststrokers, etc., and even the divers add variety with their skill specific dives. Our team has so much diversity and talent, and this year's freshman class only adds to that. I have no doubt that when we bring all of our girls together, we can accomplish amazing things.