Taking her mark on the block, freshman Brittany Neifert prepared to swim her first race in her college career, a milestone in itself. However a milestone that would soon be over- shadowed by a new accomplishment.
During her first swim competition as a marauder, Neifert swam the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:02.34 a time good enough to qualify her for the PSAC championship meet.
“She is a tremendous racer; that is all there is to it. She is a smart swimmer and a hard worker,” said head coach Kyle Almoney. “Knowing Brittany she is going to try to beat that time and she will, she will continue to drop, I am sure of it.”
Along with Neifert, freshman Katelyn Schmittle also took to the starting block for her first meet of her college career.
Schmittle swam successfully earning a first place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and second place in the 100-yard freestyle.
“I definitely they [freshman] are going to contribute a lot to the team. I am excited to see how much better they can do,” Senior Kara Rapp said. “They did amazing this past weekend and I am excited to see them do even more amazing.”
The addition of the freshman to the team has been nothing but helpful as the lady Marauders transition into the new season. The lady Marauders graduated three seniors from last years winning team.
“The freshman have come in and been a great addition. They are very team oriented; they just want to contribute to the teams success,” Maloney said. “We are a team and we are here to push each other, the freshman only help the upperclassmen perform to the next level.”
This season the team is aiming to break previous records but does not have high expectations to move up in the PSAC.
“The biggest thing for us this season is to break records, there are a lot of long-standing ones,” Rapp said.
The team has spent the pre-season practicing hard but is looking to increase intensity. The team will swim their next meet Nov. 14 starting at 6 p.m. The lady Marauders will host York College.
“We did really well this past weekend but we still have a lot of training to do, which means that we can continue to do even better,” Rapp said
On Sunday the Millersville swimming program hosted Olympic swimmer Josh Davis for the Mutual of Omaha BREAKout! Swim Clinic. The clinic was held for competitive younger swimmers and was free to attend.
“The reason we [hosted the clinic] was to spread the word about the university swimming program. The clinic was a joint effort between Millersville athletics and the swimming program,” Almoney said.
Davis has won a total of five gold medals as a member of the U.S. Men’s Relay teams and three gold individual medals at the summer of ’96 Olympics as well as two silvers in the 2000 summer Olympics.
“I just happened to know who he was, having basically competed against him when I was a swimmer, through colleges and conventions. We got to talking and decided to have a clinic here,” Almoney said. “Josh basically ran the whole thing himself, he knows how to run them, I just helped him with registration.”