Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. - Coming off of a dual meet victory against Southwestern Oregon Community College, the Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming team faces a new challenge as they look to take on Northwest Conference rivals Whitworth University and Whitman College in dual meets this weekend inside the PLU Pool.
The PLU men (3-1 in NWC duals) dispatched SWOCC 107-60 after a 41-day layoff while the women blew away the Lakers 130-36 behind three event wins from Reese Ackman.
This weekend's opponents from eastern Washington have had formidable seasons, with Whitworth entering the pool with a 3-1 dual record on both the men's and women's side while Whitman's swim squads both boast a 4-0 record.
Even though this kind of pressure may put stress on the athletes, senior Reese Ackman has a different view of things.
"The meets this weekend will be a good warm-up for us," She said. "We will face some tough competition and need to bring our 'A game'. These are the meets I live for because every single swim affects the outcome of the meet."
This is true- in the last meeting between the teams, the results of the meet were determined by only a few races. The teams have remained a strong, competitive rival to the Lutes for several years.
Ackman reflected on the importance of the PLU swim team. "Although my home is 1,000 miles away, I always know I have a family right here. My teammates and coaches have been there through all of the highs and lows of college, reminding me of what's most important."
The Lutes have been hard at work all winter, and after last weekend's win against SWOCC, they are ready to return to the pool at 6 pm on Friday against Whitworth, and 1 pm on Saturday against Whitman.