The Colorado College swim and dive team made quite the splash (or lack thereof in the case of the divers) at their conference meet in Lewisville, Texas, over Block Break. On the second day, senior Justina Zuckerman pushed the team into second with a pair of second-place finishes, which is where the Tigers stayed for the remainder of the meet. According to diver Riley Wadehra, the team greatly improved from last year, scoring much closer to rival team Trinity University.
Wadehra competed on Friday and Saturday, taking second place in the three-meter dive. Wadehra, who didn’t start diving until college and just recently added the three-meter to her event list, is finally feeling like she’s “really coming into it.”
Conference puts immense pressure on the divers: they have 11 dives judged by a panel of five. “I’m proud of all the freshmen; it’s not easy, and they performed so well,” Wadehra said, adding that she was impressed because everyone on the team performed at their highest level. Senior swimmer Hannah Cooper agreed, adding, “We had some really good swims from the underclassmen, which was awesome to see.”
Emily Erikson’s 100 meter breaststroke was an outstanding performance, where she finished third overall, and several other members of the team placed in the event as well.
Cooper competed in her last conference meet by racing the 200 IM the first day, the 100 meter backstroke and the 400 IM the second day, and the 200 meter backstroke on the final day of competition. Being a Texas native, Cooper previously swam in the Lewisville pool in high school, and was surprised that one of her best friends from her high school swim team came to cheer her on in her last conference meet.
The conference meet seriously tests athletic endurance. It lasts from Wednesday through Saturday, with seven sessions in total. According to both Wadehra and Cooper, the Tigers maintained their energy for the full four days. Cooper’s strategy to maintain a high energy level and dispel pre-race nerves is to blast music and power pose. Wadehra takes a subtler approach by doing breathing exercises. “We pushed through the whole meet,” Wadehra said. “It’s hard, it’s long, you’re tired, but we definitely worked as hard as we could until the very end.”
The Tigers are excited to bring their energy to regionals, which are coming up at the end of second week during the block. Congratulations, Tigers! Keep up the good work.