Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. - After a month-long break from competition, the Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming teams are hopping back into the pool this weekend for its first meet since the end of fall semester. The Lutes host Southwestern Oregon Community College on Saturday in the first of four consecutive home duals. Action inside the PLU Pool on Saturday gets underway at 11 a.m.
The Lutes spent their winter break training hard, with a week-long team trip to Coronado, California providing a challenging schedule for workouts. Arriving on the 27th of December, the Lutes had several two-a-day practices before returning back to Washington.
"Winter training is a key moment in our season," said Senior Bennon VanHoof, "I know from experience that it is one of the most important times to establish good training habits and to get the most out of the training opportunity that is put in front of us."
Seniors VanHoof and Erica Muller both expressed pride in the team's growth over this winter period. "I think the team really comes together well during winter training" said Muller, "We look to each other for support during the tough workouts so that we can all work towards our goals."
When reflecting on her time at PLU, Muller said, "It's really hard to wrap my brain around the fact that this is my last season. It makes me really appreciate all of the memories I have made and have yet to make with my teammates. It also makes me very thankful for my coaches and all they do to help us achieve success."
Both the men's and women's swim teams have emerged from the early half of their season with winning records, looking to continue down that path as the season progresses. The PLU women are 4-0 in Northwest Conference dual meets, winning three invites, including the Logger Open back on Dec. 4 while the men sport a 3-1 mark in NWC duals while earning victories at both the NWC Sprints and the NWC Relays.
VanHoof expressed his optimism going forward, saying, "I'm excited for the remaining dual meets, but especially the conference championships. I think about it every day and I'm excited to see what we can do as a team."
Looking past Saturday's dual, the Lutes host Whitworth University and Whitman College next weekend before capping off the dual slate on Jan. 28 against crosstown rival University of Puget Sound.