After tasting success in the NCAA National Championships as well as the Metropolitan Conference Championship last season, the swimming and diving teams are looking to continue their winning ways heading into the 2007-2008 season.
The first test was at Montclair State University on Friday, Oct.
It's 8 a.m. and while most students are still asleep, the swimming and diving team members are preparing for practice as their upcoming season approaches.
With the return of seven All-American swimmers for the men's team, six NCAA qualifiers for the women's team and a great incoming recruit class, the Lions have high expectations for the 2007-2008 season.
The Lions collected one All-America citation and five All-America honorable mentions at the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships hosted by the University of Houston. The men's team finished in 16th place while the women's team finished 41st overall.
Senior diver Lee Swanson opened the competition on March 8, with a score of 355.
Last year at the Metropolitan Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, the Lions walked away with a second-place finish for both the men and women's squads. This year the men's team walked away with the championship while the women's squad finished second.
It was a day full of NCAA qualifying scores for both the men's and women's diving teams. The College competed against mostly Division I teams at the Rutgers University Invitational on Saturday and turned in impressive scores.
On the women's side, senior Lee Swanson finished fourth in the one-meter dive with a score of 278.
The College's swimming and diving teams split with Rowan University last Wednesday, as the women lost 155-138 and the men were victorious 167.5-130.5. With the victory, the men jumped to 4-3 overall while the women fell to 1-8.
The highlight of the meet was the record-breaking 1,000-meter freestyle race by sophomore Mike Molloy in 9:46.
The College's swimming and diving teams hosted Johns Hopkins University and Division II West Chester University in a two-day dual meet event. West Chester recorded a sweep in the dual action, leaving the Lions men's team 3-3 overall and the Lions women to 1-6 overall.
Who knew Lions could swim?
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center was Lions' territory as the College received four individual awards, including a second-place finish for the men's team and a third-place finish for the women.
Tension was running high last week at the Lions' dual swim meet on Saturday, Nov. 18 against Bloomsburg University.
The men's team had lost its undefeated record only six days before to Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in a close 125-114 meet, but it regained its footing against Bloomsburg for the win, 142-103.
It was a tough weekend for the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, as both suffered losses. On Friday, the women's team lost to the C.W. Post Pioneers by a score of 145-92. Overall, the women are 1-2 on the year.
Senior Lee Swanson earned first place in the one-meter and three-meter diving events with scores of 257.
The men's swimming and diving team captured its second win against Franklin & Marshall College, while the women's team experienced its first loss on Sunday.
The men's team defeated the Diplomats with a score of 120-80 and improved its record to 2-0.
The women's team fell with a score of 115-90; the team's record is now 1-1.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams started their winter season with huge wins as they blew Montclair State University out of the water this past Friday.
The men's team took down the Red Hawks 131-89, while the women's team was an even bigger winner with a 161-70 score.