The Lynx swim & dive programs have competed in the highest level of competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The men’s and women’s teams emerged with fast times and new experiences.
The 2014 NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Fort Pierce, Florida mirrored a regular training week for the team with the exception that in each race a chance to finish in the top eight and medal was at stake. During the four day meet two Lynx swimmers and two divers medaled as eight personal best times and scores were achieved in the course of the meet.
“I had a feeling the team would swim fast as we started the week. They were relaxed and looking good in the water as we headed into the first day of competition.”
– Matt Dickerson, interim Head Swim Coach
Two swimmers and two divers claimed medal awards. Freshman David Carvajal(Bogota, Colombia) finished 5th & 6th in the 200 and 100 Breaststroke, and Sophomore Karolina Siwiec (London) finished strong earning 7th spot in the 100 and 200 Backstroke events. The Lynx divers were lead by Cory Barnes (Canton HS) who placed 3rd on the 1 meter and 4th on the 3 meter boards, and Freshman Terry Wofford (Florissant, MO) claiming the 8th and final spot on the podium.
Other student-athletes from the Lynx squad completing and earning points at the meet were Lizzy Herzog (Lincoln, IL) 10th place in the 100 freestyle, Victor Mahnke (Normal HS)14th place in the 200 Backstroke and Sophomore Joe Scribner(Decatur, IL) 15th in the Men’s 100 Freestyle. “Our nationals this year was very successful, it was nice to see all the athletes perform at their highest potential,” said Lynx Coach Matt Dickerson.
Lynx swimmers train in the Scully Natatorium which features diving boards, Colorado Timing Systems, and a 2,000-square-foot fitness center. In addition, the campus environment provides a safe and welcoming place to train and achieve personal goals in the competitive sports of swimming & diving.