Mason Watkins ’15
After back-to-back weather problems at meets and a winter of pool renovations, the Hampden-Sydney swimming team is gearing up for the next and final swim meet of the season.
Their first scheduled meet of 2013 was supposed to take place on January 18th against Greensboro College, but due to snowy conditions the meet was cancelled. The Tigers’ second scheduled meet was planned for a week later, January 25th, against Frostburg State, but that was also cancelled because of frosty weather. The two cancelled meets were two of only three scheduled for the 2013 season for the Tigers, leaving only one last meet against Greensboro to compete in.
The winter brought not only snow for the swim team, but also the completion of their swimming pool renovations. Beginning around the start of winter break, the entire swimming pool went under a series of renovations. From the tiles at the bottom of the pool to the garnet and gray painting on their equipment, the renovations have given the Tigers swimming program a serious makeover. One problem that arouse with the renovations was the unfortunate time of completion. The final touches to the pool were supposed to be completed roughly two weeks before they actually were, causing a ripple effect of problems for the team. The lack of a completed facility during this time meant that the Tigers had to travel to Longwood University each week to get in their practice. The importance of every practice was even greater at the time because of the looming ODAC Championship. Senior Ke Shang mentioned that the renovation delay “definitely affected our practice.” He emphasized the fact that the final meet was so close and they had “only two weeks of practice.” When asked on her thoughts about the renovations, Head Coach Betsy Prengaman said “the pool looks great” and that she “can’t wait to host meets in our new and improved facility!”
The Hampden-Sydney swimming team has had an immense remodeling this season. A gigantic number of freshmen on the team, coupled with the extensive renovations of the facilities, only spell good fortune for the future of the team.
The ODAC Championship, which is taking place at Greensboro, will be held this Friday through Sunday, February 8th through the 10th. With their strong performances already this season, the Tigers will look to end their second season on a high note.