HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's and women's swim teams will open their inaugural seasons this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Indiana Division III Championships, hosted by Wabash.
MAKING HISTORY: The Hanover swim program will be making history this weekend, as they debut the College's first intercollegiate varsity swim teams in school history. Hanover has had a 40-plus year absence of any sort of swim program. Swimming originated at the College as an intramural program in 1967 and became a club sport from 1969 through1977, with the team using the former pool in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center as a home site. As a club program, the Panthers competed against the likes of Louisville (Ky.), Butler (Ind.), DePauw (Ind.) and Berea (Ky.).
MEET NOTES: The Indiana Division III Championships will be held at Wabash, inside its Class of 1950 Natatorium. Hanover's slated to begin competition during the 1 p.m. session Saturday. Institutions that are scheduled to compete are Anderson, Franklin, Hanover, Manchester and Rose-Hulman of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and the North Coast Athletic Conference's (NCAC) DePauw and Wabash.
HANOVER ATHLETE QUOTES:
Torri Boldery – SR – 50/100 Freestyle
"We have a bunch of enthusiastic, hardworking and dedicated members. Seeing all of the new swimmers show up and work towards improving themselves is incredibly encouraging."
Lucas Miller – SR – 50/100 Freestyle
"The start of the season has gone very well. Practices have been tough but beneficial to prepare us for our first swim meet. Everyone seems to be giving 110 percent and we want to come out and show that we can be an immediate contender in the HCAC."
Nora Miodrag – FR – 100/200 Breaststroke, 200 IM, 100 Backstroke, 100 Fly
"Our small team has went from a team to a famil with close bonds and friendships I truly did not expect to happen right away, and that has reflected in and out of the pool. We have high expectations for our for first meet, and with that over our shoulders, we can do it together and I am excited to be a part of the team."
Sydney Schulok – FR – 50/100/200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke
"I believe this team has a lot of potential. Swimming, by definition, is an individual sport, but we would not be where we are and where we are going without the support of our teammates. There is an outstanding amount of skill and dedication in the water, and I am excited to see how the rest of the inaugural season goes."
Zach Stringer – FR – 50/100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke
"Being a part of the inaugural swim team has made my first few months at Hanover a ton of fun. Everyone wants to see each other succeed and reach their goals.To be a first-year dominated team, I cannot wait to see what we will not only accomplish this season but also in the years to come.
UP NEXT: The Panther women will return to action next Friday, Oct. 26, for a home dual against Rose-Hulman. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at nearby Southwestern High School.
Contact: Tyler Jester