Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming teams are headed back on the road to start another set of Northwest Conference dual meets after having a short non-conference slate to open up the month of January.
The Lutes hosted Division I Seattle University and Southwestern Oregon Community College at home over the first weekend of January, taking wins over SWOCC with a score of 155-29 on the women's side and 133-49 on the men's side.
These victories were the jump start the Lutes needed as they prepared to reopen their conference competitions as they head to Whitworth University and Whitman College this weekend.
Sophomore Jeffrey Lozensky Jr. takes the non-conference meets as a chance to form good habits in the pool, as well as trying new things to make sure he's performing his best.
"As an individual, racing out of conference is exciting and I'm always up to the challenge. It is a time I can use to really just go out and race and practice race strategy without any worries at all," said Lozensky. "As a team, it gives us another chance to see other teams which prepares us for the future."
With the Lutes looking to take on conference opponents this weekend, first-year Aspen Monkhouse has high hopes for the team heading into the end of the season.
"I hope that going forward in the rest of the season that we all taper well and perform to our best ability at conferences, and maybe get some people to NCAAs," said Monkhouse. "It would be nice to end the season on a high note."
As the team prepares for a weekend of tough racing, Lozensky is keeping his mindset where it has been all season.
"I want to go into the weekend and race my heart out for my team and not settle for anything less than my best performance."
The Lutes race on Friday at Whitworth at 6 p.m. in Spokane, Washington, and head to Walla Walla, Washington to face Whitman on Saturday at 1 p.m.