By Drew Schoenbauer
The CSB Swim and Dive team look towards the finish line of the season with great hope. In the last five years, the Blazers have placed top-five in the MIAC three times. The team is currently sitting at a 2-2 duel record with two more first place finishes at invites. Head Coach Daniel Eckberg, who is in his fifth year of coaching at CSB, had some positive things to say about the 2017-2018 season.
“This season has progressed much like other seasons. We have a shift in leadership each year and this year our captains worked really hard in the off-season to prepare themselves to be strong leaders,” Eckberg said via email. Overall I am impressed with everyone on the team, they have welcomed challenges and really have grown into a strong united team.”
Senior medley and distance swimmer Kenzie Young had even more positive things to say about the team this year.
“This might be the greatest team I have been a part of during my four years at college,” Young said. We have worked harder this season than we ever have in the past, and that’s a good thing. We have our goals in mind, and we are all aware of the long, sometimes gruesome process it takes to achieve those goals. The team has only gotten faster, stronger and smarter throughout the season.”
The Swim and Dive team just had a close four-point loss to Carleton this past weekend. Although close losses are tough to deal with, there was still some good to be taken from it.
“The Carleton meet is always close. I was happy with our efforts in the water and on the board,” Eckberg said. Sometimes close races go your way, sometimes they don’t. Ultimately the final result doesn’t impact how I view how the team performed, we did a lot of things well on Saturday and we have things we can do better, but that is normal for any team.”
Young, who won three events in the Carleton duel and was just named CSB Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week took some time to reflect on her favorite aspect of her final year of competition.
“The team. Every single person on the team contributes a unique characteristic and plays an important role on the CSB swim team that makes it so great. Whether they are the person cheering at the end of every lane during meets, or someone who has the fastest open turns, everyone matters,” Young said.
The St. Ben’s Swim and Dive team has just one more meet at Gustavus this Saturday, Jan. 27, before finishing up the season at the MIAC Championships Feb. 15-17.