David T. Mann
After over 2 months of training, the Darton State College men and women’s swimming program will get a chance to race someone other than themselves. The aquatic cavaliers are excited to go against their instate rivals, as well as some other very good teams. Along with South Georgia, Darton will be competing against NAIA powerhouse Brenau University, Thomas University, and Lagrange College. “There’s going to be some good racing this Saturday. All the teams competing have talent, so it should push us to swim well. I expect high energy since it’s the first meet.” says Coach Will Breehl.
Darton returns national championship divers Crawford Berry and Sarah Hoop, as well as a plethora of All-Americans in Gabe Downey, Sandra Guerrero, JD Rousseau, Ethan Wolovick, and Kelsey Karniglia. Combine some of the top returners in the country with some top incoming freshman and this year’s swimming and diving teams feel they will be a force to be reckoned with come March at the national championship meet. To swim well at nationals Breehl and first year assistant coach Major Robinson know they need to keep pushing the team even though meets are coming up. “it’s a long season and we will swim most of our meets sore and tired because of our training. That’s the nature of our sport. So for these regular season meets, it’s going to be about mental toughness and doing the little things right to take care of ourselves” says Breehl.
Darton’s first home meet will be next Saturday, November 9 @ 1:00pm against Birmingham Southern University.