Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming teams are hopping back into the pool this weekend for their last conference competition before the Northwest Conference Championships as they take on the University of Puget Sound on Saturday.
The Lutes have had a dominant season, and are heading into the weekend with full intention to blow the competition out of the water.
Sophomore Danielle Booth attributes some of that success to a great team dynamic this year.
"This season definitely has a positive and upbeat vibe to it because the team is so much closer this year and the support for one another is stronger than ever," said Booth. "Everyone is so uplifting and positive so it makes for a great environment to train and compete in."
With graduating swimmers Sarah Stafford and Keiko Inouye on the womens side, and Bryson Baligad, Paul Jett, and Dennis Liu on the mens side, the Lutes are looking to bring the regular season to a close by dominating the UPS swimmers over the weekend.
One of the most crucial aspects of a successful team is good team relationships, and Booth believes that the Lutes have just that.
"My favorite part about being on the team is definitely my teammates because they make the grind and the pain of the bearable," she said. "I always end up laughing during practice because we all love to joke around even when practice is killing us."
After this weekend's competition the focus turns to Conference Championships, and Booth has plans for the Lutes in the post-season.
"My goals going into the end of the season would of course be for both the men and the women to go home with a conference championship. But I also really want everyone to be happy with their performances at conference and with their overall season."
The Lutes race on Saturday against the Loggers at 1 p.m.