Club swimming competes in last meet of year

The Metro club swim team traveled to Boulder Nov. 14 to compete in a dual meet with their University of Colorado counterparts.

It was the last meet they will compete in until January.

Metro senior Averill Sehler finishes the mile race with a smile Nov. 14 at a dual meet held at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Photo by Chancey Bush •

“Overall I think, as a team, we’re doing real good,” swimming and diving Head Coach Chris Farris said. “As a team, we swam real strong considering the workouts I’ve been giving these guys.”

Since the Roadrunner club team has 20 new athletes this year, the experience of the Buffalo squad was apparent.

“Over half of their team has been involved in swimming far longer than 90 percent of this team,” Farris said. “I think they, easily, can out swim us, but it’s my goal every year to try and come as close as we can, strength wise, in the water.”

Farris said that although it is an inexperienced club team, several swimmers did better than he had expected.

“All the new athletes continue to improve in all their events,” Farris said. “The older, more experienced athletes were able to out-swim what I thought they were going to do, based on the training that they’ve been doing and how many events I entered them in.

Sophomore swimmer Kendra Dobie gave the Buffaloes all they could handle, contending in six events during a two-and-a-half hour span.

“It was a tough meet but, overall, I’m happy with it,” Dobie said. “It’s hard trying to compete back-to-back and still succeed.”

Dobie’s first four events of the day came within the first hour, but that was not enough to deter her from recording a personal best time,1:12.64, and placing first in her last race of the day.

“She was able to keep pushing herself to keep moving in the water,” Farris said. “Her very last event was the 100 [yard] breaststroke. Two-and-a-half hours after sprinting or swimming five other events, she was pretty tired, but she was able to still swim faster than she had all season so far.”

Senior Averill Sehler found her tempo in the 1,650-yard freestyle event placing first with a time of 19:23.92, almost a minute and a half better than sophomore Buffalo swimmer Lizzie Miller.

“She got faster throughout the entire thing, which is nuts,” Farris said.

On the men’s side of the meet, sophomore Tyler Volz placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.27.

The next time the ‘Runners will compete will not be until January 22-24 when they go to the  Colorado College Classic. Until then, tough training sessions are in store for the team.

“We’ll go through this week,” Farris said. “Then I’m going to put all the athletes through what I call hell week, which is roughly ten practices that will test everybody’s limits.”

Farris said, the best way for the Metro swimmers to continue to improve is with consistent training.

“That’s all it ever comes down to in swimming is keep training, keep improving everybody and what they do,” Farris said. “Swimming is one of those weird sports where you can always improve something.”

Author: Josiah Kaan

Sports Editor Josiah Kaan has contributed to The Metropolitan & TheMetOnline as a reporter and editor since Spring 2008.

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