Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 1, 2003) - The bus picked us up on Thursday and took us to San Antonio. After a nine hour drive south and a good nights sleep, the team took a stroll down the river walk to take in the sites and the warmer weather. It was a good time to relax before the next day and a half confined to another swimming pool.
Friday night was short for the swimmers who only had one or two events each but with 23 divers doing 11 dives each we didn’t get supper until late that night. Saturday morning was an early start and we had a long day ahead. This may have been the best meet of the entire year. Each swimmer dropped time in at least one event and some dropped time in everything they swam.
Senior Daniel Ellis put in an outstanding performance in the men’s 1-meter diving Saturday. Ellis score was just 19 points short of the NAIA qualifying standard. Junior Nic Hook swam the 100 free with a lifetime best of 51.11 leaving him just shy of qualifying for national. Sophomore Luke Williams was able to take off almost eight second in the 200 back putting him just out of reach of the national qualifying time. We will be looking forward to getting these swimmers (divers) qualified for the national meet which is in March. Also making a large time improvement was freshman Adam Rhode. He swam the 500 free and the 1650, two events that most swimmers dread. Rhode was able to drop well over a minute in both events. We look forward to watching him future meets.
The Golden Eagles will now be taking the next two weekends off of competition to prepare for the conference meet which will be held in St. Peters, MO February 20-22.