Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University swimming team is looking to finish its Northwest Conference dual meet schedule with a splash on Saturday as they take on the University of Puget Sound at the PLU Pool.
The Lutes are coming off a set of big wins against the Whitman College last Saturday with the women winning 118-87 and the men prevailing 107-98. The wins came just a day after earning a split against Whitworth University with the women cruising to a 136-69 victory while the men fell 121-84. Last week's meets were slated to be some of the most challenging competition the Lutes would face all season, and PLU came out on top with a total combined score of 445-375 for both days.
Now that the Lutes have passed their most recent challenge, they can set their sights on this last competition against the Loggers, their cross-town rivals. Senior Darcie Booth laid it out perfectly when she said, "I'm very excited for my last conference dual meet; swimmers like to use the phrase 'last one fast one' for a lot of different things, but this really is the last one, the last time I'll ever compete and I'm really excited to give absolutely everything I've got, for myself and for my team."
The seniors for the Lutes have had a lot of success throughout their years on the team with the women winning three NWC titles while the class of 2017 owns school records in 15 different events, including 10 on the men's side. But more importantly, they have formed a community with the 12 seniors serving as a steady support system for one another.
"Over the last four years the 12 of us have pushed each other in the pool, the weight room, the classroom, and in life," said Booth. "Each of us is very different from the other, in our majors, personalities and training habits, but we have learned how to embrace and appreciate those differences. Having had the opportunity to grow with them as an athlete and as a person over the last four years has been the best part of my PLU experience."
Booth is one of eight women competing in their final dual, joining Reese Ackman, Sarah Ameny, Morgan Commander, Arriya Hagen, Erica Muller, Carli Snyder, and Jessica Stenberg. Making one final swim in front of the home crowd for the men is Hunter Cosgrove, Cody Hartman, Bennon VanHoof, and Matt Wehr.
Both Booth and fellow senior Hunter Cosgrove expressed their readiness to show their results of all of the hard work they've put into this season. "I feel both pressure to perform well and excitement because this year has been a great year of training and preparation," said Cosgrove. "I've been really pleased with the intensity of training and the camaraderie shown among the team."
The Lutes are hopping into the pool at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.