Swim Team has High Hopes for Inaugural Season

In wake of their inaugural season, the SMSU swim and dive team are ready to make a statement in the NSIC conference. Coach Marty Wahle, swimmers senior Kristen Johnston and junior Gabriella Reis are excited for the upcoming season.

“It’s just another place for student athletes to come to if they want to join the swimming and diving team,” Wahle, talking about the importance of this team, said. “It will help bring more student athletes to SMSU as well.”

“We’re really excited because it’s the first year, and we really want to make history,”  Reis said.

Looking forward, Johnston has hope for seasons to come.

“Keep growing the team for next year,” Johnston said.

There are seven freshmen and two upperclassmen on team. With a such a young team, the Mustangs will look to the older members for guidance.

“Having upperclassmen as a guide is a really good opportunity for our freshmen girls,” Wahle said.

When it came to preparing for the season, many of the swim and dive team members swam and worked out over the summer. Swimming is nothing new to the Mustangs. The focus going in is speed and intensity at their practice.

Aside from technique and swimming mechanics, the swim and dive team has put in other work such as doing weights and reviewing fundamentals.

“We have been doing team bonding and fun practices,” Reis, listing out of water
competitive games, said.

The first swim meet is on the road at Mankato on Oct. 11. The Mustangs first home meet is Oct.12 against Iowa Lakes Community College.

“We’re pretty fired up for it, and to win a couples meets will be a pretty big deal,”  Wahle said. “If we can get one person or a relay to the national championships is another one of our goals this season.”