All good things must come to an end.
For the Rowan women’s swimming and diving team, its season ended last Sunday at the Metropolitan Championships after finishing in sixth place. The Profs will also not send any swimmers to the NCAA Division III championships, as they failed to qualify.
Despite none of the women going to the championships, the Profs enjoyed a successful season, finishing 9-2 and 3-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Rowan saw notable wins over Montclair State and York College, and the Profs managed to beat York despite returning home just a few days prior from winter training in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The victory against Montclair came just a few days later and without one of the team’s best swimmers, senior Allison Schneider, who was out of the meet with an illness.
Head coach Tony Lisa attributed the team’s success to its work ethic.
“What I like about us is we trained hard and we raced hard,” Lisa said. “That’s why we were 9-2. It seemed that whenever we needed big races, we got them. There were a couple of races when we could’ve lost but we got big races from our divers and we ended up winning.”
A few of the stand-out swimmers this season were Sam Wahl, Julia DelNero, Victoria Grimsgaard and Schneider. All four were keys to the Profs’ success this season.
“This was a special year in the pool,” Lisa said. “These kids really pushed the other girls and helped us in and out of the pool.”
Aside from the success they had this season, the Profs lacked depth, something that was an issue for Lisa.
“I would’ve liked to have had more depth,” Lisa said. “I don’t think it would change us record-wise, but I think it would’ve helped in the weight room to push us a little harder.”
The Profs will lose a few swimmers to graduation, including Schneider, who won NJAC Swimmer of the Week three times. Lisa said he wasn’t concerned about losing one of his best swimmers to graduation.
“While one kid isn’t going to replace [Schneider] because she was so versatile, our recruiting is going well and I think we’ll recruit some kids that are really going to help in the pool,” Lisa said.
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