AU swim team finishes regular season, now looks to postseason

The Eagles prepare for the GMAC Championship in Canton, OH.


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The Eagles look to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference championships in coming weeks.

The Ashland swim team has finally finished its regular season after they took on the Findlay Oilers on Jan. 20.

With Findlay’s men and women topping Ashland by 141 to 73 and 139 to 79, the team is ready to dive into the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) championship with newfound momentum.

Head Coach Kyle Walthall believes that more than half of the team has reached their goals through the regular season.

“We set goals for mid-season, and I would say that over half of our team achieved their goals for that meet,” said Walthall.

Even with some ups and downs during the regular season, the team was always ready to compete, with each swimmer pushing each other to do their best and keep getting faster.

“Everyone is more prepared this year compared to last. Everyone can tell that the energy in the water is different this year in a good way,” said senior Joseph Cummins.

Some swimmers that have really stood out this season are senior Abby Locke and senior Amar Sapcanin. Both swimmers have received the GMAC athlete of the week numerous times.

“Earning the Great Midwest player of the week was fantastic motivation for me throughout the season because it proved that all of the hard work I was doing in the pool was paying off when it came to meet time,” said Locke.

Now the team is focused on the GMAC championship and getting their relays ready and choosing everyone’s individual races.

The GMAC Swimming & Diving Championships will take place from Feb. 7 through Feb.10 in Canton, Ohio.