The Wesleyan Swim and Dive team dove into their season with a splash. With a tough meet schedule ahead, the Wet Wolves have been working hard, in and out of the pool, to train for success. After losing many strong seniors, the team knows it will take more effort than ever to improve on last year’s season and the accomplishments that came with it.
In a recent interview, head coach Kevin Kadzis said, “Every team is different [and] every year is different. There is carry over year to ye
ar, but this year’s team has a good group of leaders and good group of underclassmen as well. [The team] has great chemistry; I am excited to see where we go.”
The Wet Wolves are off to a great start with two huge dual meet wins against Lovett and Riverwood. More important than the wins, however, is the times/scores that the swimmers and divers set to improve on in later competition. Kadzis said, “This season, I am excited to see everyone work hard and improve as the season progresses.”
Senior captain, Abby Gardner, added that she is “excited to see faster times, better scores, and everyone’s accomplishments and improvements on the season.” Freshman swimmer, Colton Villa, said that he plans to improve on the season through training and competing with other teammates, especially the upperclassmen.
Improvement does not just happen, though, it is produced through hard work and encouragement. Gardner said, “Everyone [on the team] is always looking out for other people’s times, scores and congratulating people when they get a personal record. Everybody wants everybody to succeed. It’s not like racing against each other, but rather there is a team aspect that everyone is lifting each other up.”
Coach Kadzis is excited to see better techniques and faster times, but also an increased sense of community throughout the team this season.
“Having fun together, learning and ultimately glorifying God is the top priority of our team.” Assistant coach, Megan Trotter, said that this camaraderie is what makes the team so special.
“Swimming is one of the hardest sports, I think,” said Trotter. “It is extremely mental because you don’t get to talk to people during sets and it’s very monotonous. You’re physically exhausted, but mentally you feel strong.”