Written by Student Assistant McKenna Morin
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University men's and women's swimming teams have dominated the competition through the early portion of the winter season. With multiple wins over the past two weekends at the expense of the rest of the Northwest Conference, the Lutes are setting out to conquer the pool.
This season has been very successful so far with the women 4-0 in dual meets while the men own a 3-1 record. This year's early season success has only further motivated the swimmers to obtain more victories.
"We just feed off of that success and the positive energy we get from doing well," said women's team member Erica Muller. Muller has been a huge part of the Lutes' early season success, winning the 200 yard freestyle at last weekend's duals against both Willamette University and Linfield College while also winning the 500 yard freestyle against Willamette.
Muller is a Business major with a concentration in Accounting. This year is her fourth year on the PLU swim team, "It is pretty surreal to be a senior already," Muller said. After graduation Muller plans on finding a job in the accounting field. But being on a successful team like this is a great memory to have when preparing to leave PLU. "I'm just trying to cherish every moment of this season."
The hardest part for her is going to be leaving this team behind. "I consider them my second family," Muller said. "I have loved building strong relationships with my teammates over the last four years." Working together and staying together is what makes teams like this so successful, "It makes for some fun and fast swimming."
After two straight weekends of Northwest Conference dual meets, the Lutes compete in a rare non-conference dual, testing their mettle on Saturday against Division I Seattle University. Action at the Connolly Complex in Seattle begins at 11 a.m.