February 17, 2008

Photo Album Courtesy Debbie Jole

What a weekend! I don't know where to start. Seriously, how do try to capture a weekend where we:
  • Earned thirteen NCAA 'B' Cuts;
  • Shattered six new school and three new CCIW Championship Records;
  • Put three relays into the nation's top ten and two more in the top fifteen;
  • Won every single individual event (except the 200 fly) and four of five relays;
  • Swept Conference Swimmer-of-the-Year awards Bryce Davis for the men, Michelle Pelka for the women;
  • Had four different guys win the maximum three events each (a CCIW record);
  • Placed half of our team on the All-Conference Team;
  • Scored 1025 points (second-highest to our record 1,079 from 2006);
  • Achieved 92% best times; and
  • had great alumni, parent and fan support throughout the weekend.
Individual highlights were numerous (which is why this is coming out nearly a week late), but the going wasn't exactly easy for the talented young team. While I felt we had the talent to win the team title, the challenge was to get our guys to achieve breakthrough performances, to go beyond their own expectations and to perform at the level of what they were capable.

At the same time, we couldn't expect Wheaton or any of the other teams to roll over for us. The way I figured, if we performed to the level we were capable of, we'd be successful title or not. At the same time, winning the title, but coming far short of our capabilities would prove extremely tough to swallow, but when all was said and . When all was said and done, we:



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