2013-14 Women's Swimming Season Preview

2013-14 Women's Swimming Season Preview

The Bears return nearly all of their 2012-13 campaign athletes, and welcome the addition of a number of new faces. The women are lead by senior captains Chantel Ferguson and Carol Yin.

Ferguson broke four individual school records as a junior and looks to improve on those marks. She is the current school record holder in the 100 and 200 butterfly events as well as the 200 and 400 Individual Medleys.

Yin looks to follow up a junior season in which she improved dramatically as a key breaststroke specialist. Her imprint on the culture of the women's team is palpable.

Among key returnees are juniors Sara Cantrell, Darlene Sao, Carolyn Slife, Kelsey Gray and Caitlyn Gever. Cantrell was the first CGA women's diver to compete at Division III Championships last year. She narrowly missed scoring in the 3-meter event in Houston last March after advancing through regional competition. She holds all four diving records for the Academy. Sao is a key contributor to the program. She swam in eight different events in dual meet competition and was the 2012-13 high point winner for the team. She is likely to swim any event in any meet and do well in the water. Slife and Gray make up two legs of the record setting 200 medley relay from the previous season. Slife is a backstroke and IM specialist who has scored in the top places at NEWMAC championships each season. Gray shows versatility in breaststroke and sprint free and will likely supplement relay swims. Gever will join the women second semester after being away at West Point on an Academy Exchange semester. She looks to return to being one of the better sprint freestylers in the NEWMAC.

The sophomore class has both depth and talent in equal parts, and their continued development is critical for success. They already show significant gains in training and strength at the start of the season. A strong freshmen class will fill in holes and improve in areas of need. The breaststroke core of athletes is flooded with new faces from transfers and traditional freshmen.

Key meets will happen almost immediately. The women will compete against two Division I schools first semester, Rhode Island and Providence College. This shows a commitment to competition at higher levels and will challenge the women to rise to the occasion. Wheaton, WPI and Springfield are first semester NEWMAC foes. Second semester will focus on the lead up to NEWMAC championships and hopefully the return of athletes to NCAA championships.

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