Thursday, November 29, 2012

High Hopes for Husky

Whitman is looking forward to a very successful meet this weekend at the annual Husky Invitational at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA.  The meet is one of the largest Senior meets on the West coast.  Over 900 college and club athletes are entered into the meet from as far away as Phoenix, AZ and Calgary, Alberta. 
At this meet last year, then Freshman Karl Mering achieved an NCAA provisional cut in the 100 butterfly that ultimately qualified him for NCAA DIII Nationals.  Katie Chapman also achieved NCAA provisional cuts at the meet.
This year, we are looking forward to even more NCAA cuts.  With a psych sheet that would raise the eyebrows of many DI teams, there will be stiff competition in every event--and with good competition comes faster swimming.  Promising early season swims from many of our swimmers have resulted in great excitement even in the early weeks of the season.  Achieving NCAA time standards now is a huge shot in the arm to boost the team through the end of the semester and into a great week of work in California in January.  There are many NCAA hopefuls on the team this year and this meet could be the door to Nationals for many of our swimmers.
Each day, there is a preliminary session in the morning, and each evening the top 32 individuals in each event and top 16 relay teams get second swims.  The NWC Championships will be held at the same pool February 8-10, with the same event schedule; however, only the top 16 individuals and top 8 relays qualify for finals.  

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