CC makes a splash into the season
October 13, 2016
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Columbia College, SC – Hearing the alarm clock ring at 5:30 in the morning, Ariel Prescott, first-year business major, rolls out of bed, slides into her swimsuit and grabs a towel. By 5:50 she has her headphones in and walks towards the Columbia College swimming pool to meet up with the rest of the team before starting practice.
The college swim team has been preparing for the season over the last month. The team holds practice nine times a week. The swimmers not only practice in the pool, but they also do workouts in the weight room, focusing on strengthening arms, core and legs.
“I think that having practice is really great because as a swimmer you have to have a lot of endurance,” Prescott said. “In practice, we do a lot sprinting, turns and dives in the pool, so when it comes time for an actual meet we all know how and when to do everything. Although we do practice a lot during the week, all of the time and dedication majorly pays off in the long run.”
On Oct. 1, the swim team had their first meet of the season against Milligan College and UNC-Pembroke.
When the meet started, there was nothing but cheering and support coming from the Columbia College swimmers. The team encouraged each other to perform the best they could.
“The girls were swimming great in the meet today. They were racing well and swimming very smart races,” Jason Gallaher, Columbia College swim coach, said. “I really love being able to work with these young women. They are very disciplined in the classroom and in the pool. Getting the chance to do this is something that is very enjoyable.”
Overall, the fighting koalas were able to come out victoriously.
Columbia College – 146 points UNCP – 20 points
Columbia College – 136 points Milligan- 55
“The team has been working so hard at practice, and we cannot wait to see how this season goes,” Megan Monahan, senior psychology major, said. “We have some great coaches on deck with us that have been very encouraging and helpful. We have been embracing the hard work and cannot wait to see the results.”
The next swim meet at the Women’s College Invitational at Converse College was scheduled for Oct. 7. The meet was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.