Competitors pulled their swim caps on, secured their goggles, swung their arms back and forth, steadied themselves on the blocks and took deep breaths. The horn beeped. For a moment, they hung in the air before piercing the water and beginning their race.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, the University of Dallas Swim Club travelled to Waco, Texas, to compete at the Baylor Swim Club Invitational.
Junior Nick Dodson was extremely pleased with the club’s overall performance.
“This was the best meet we’ve had yet,” Dodson said. “Not just this season, but since we were formed. We swam really well, and we are really pleased with how the club is shaping up.”
Dodson was among the many UD swimmers with a great day in the water. He placed first in the men’s 50-yard freestyle and third in the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay (with senior Jake Loel, freshman Joe Pelletier and junior John McDonald).
The men’s team finished third, after several strong races.
Among the UD swimmers to bring their A-game was freshman Maureen “Mo” O’Toole.
“Mo had some great races … the [women’s] team actually had a fantastic day,” Dodson said.
The women’s team proved a force to be reckoned with as they dominated event after event. Ultimately, the women placed second overall.
“Honestly, the only reason the [women] didn’t win is numbers,” Loel said. “We could only afford to bring 11 people to the meet, and only five of them were girls. We only lost to the Baylor [women] by 17 points.”
Beyond a great day in the water, the team had a surprising turnout from their fans.
“There were actually about 20 fans at the Baylor meet cheering us on,” Dodson said. “It was encouraging to have their support.”
The large crowd came as a great surprise to many of the swimmers, who did not expect to draw such a crowd. It is difficult to get support from family and friends due to the Swim Club’s inability to host meets on campus.
Their next and final meet will be the championship meet on April 23 at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). With such an impressive start to the year, the club has high hopes that its success will continue.