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Eagle swimming and diving prepares for 2023-24 campaign

The Eagles look to have another successful season
Alaina Kathrein
The Eagles practice in the Ashland University Recreation Center pool.

The Ashland University swimming and diving team is approaching the 2023-2024 season with a new face helping to lead the team.

The Eagles will be behind Interim Head Coach Hueston Holder, who takes over the team from Kyle Walthall who left the team in the off-season.

“I’m looking forward to the relationships that are built in and out of the natatorium,” said Holder. That’s why coaches love what they do, right? There’s no better feeling in this world than helping others chase and achieve their biggest goals in life.”

The team worked hard this offseason to grow chemistry and connect with one another before diving into the coming season. In addition to growing the overall bond, the team also worked hard physically to make the upcoming season one to remember down the line.

“This off-season I swam a lot of miles to build my aerobic capacity and improve my endurance,” said sophomore Paige Nicholson. “I also spent a lot of time in the weight room with my trainers back home.”

In addition to the new coaching staff, the Eagles also welcome new freshmen faces. One of which is freshman Payton O’Toole, who joined the team this offseason, is looking forward to competing in the 100 and 200-meter races in both freestyle and backstroke.

This season is going to be one for the history books,” said Holder. “That’s honestly the mindset I’ll have every year – if we’re not chasing records and greatness in the water, then what are we doing? We don’t have a concession stand at the swims meets, so you’ll have to get your own popcorn ready.”

The team’s first matchup with take place away from home on October 13th as the team gears up to go against Oberlin at the Robert Carr Pool, in Oberlin, Ohio.

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