Wayne State’s men’s and women’s swim and dive teams will look to add another conference title to their respective trophy cases as they participate in the GLIAC Championship.
Last year the men’s team finished in third place, while the women’s team won its 11th conference championship, and their fifth title in six years.
Head coach Sean Peters said he was pleased with both teams results throughout the season.
“With the men, they really were one of the best dual meet teams in Division II,” Peters said. “(They) always swam to a very high standard and this was truly a remarkable season so far for the men.”
Peters credited the women’s team for their resilience after a loss to nationally ranked Grand Valley State in January.
“I really enjoyed how our women responded against some very good opponents after that meet, and really picked each other up and kept moving forward,” Peters said. “They are looking stronger now and I know they are so driven to do their very best.”
The GLIAC Championship, co-hosted by Wayne State and Ashland University, is taking place at one of swimming’s most storied pools — the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium on the campus of Cleveland State University.
Peters said the opportunity to experience that atmosphere is intriguing.
“It is very exciting as I don’t think anyone on the team has swam there in their careers,” Peters said. “It’s always exciting to see a new pool and I do feel that there is a lot of history there with former world record holders and gold medalists that have competed there in the past.”
Peters said the keys to success for each team at the conference championship is pretty simple.
“Everybody just has to do a little better and a little more,” Peters said. “It doesn’t have to be much, but everyone has to find a way to go a little faster, race a little harder and dive a little better.”
The goal for both teams each year is to win both championships, a feat that the teams have accomplished six times since 2006, he said.
“I have never shied away from this, it is our goal and I know each individual on the team wants this very bad,” Peters said. “It is awesome to have one team win, and it is twice as awesome to have both. We would love nothing more than to feel twice as awesome and there a lot of fast swims, amazing dives and great experiences that await us at the GLIAC Championships.”
The GLIAC Championships began Feb. 20 and will continue through Feb. 23 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cover photo by Jennifer Michalski
Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at email@example.com.