Swimming and Diving

By Middlebury Campus

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Last Season NESCAC: Men 4th; Women 2nd

Coach: Peter Solomon

Captains: Charlie Evans ’04, Matt Clark ’04, Kellianne Egan ’04, Kate Merritt ’04

Big Match: Dec. 6 vs. Amherst

What can we expect? The swimming and diving teams once again join in their never-ending struggle to upend Williams. The Massachusetts monolith once again stands in the way of the Panthers in their quest for NESCAC glory. Last year the women swam to a second place finish while the men slid to a somewhat disappointing fourth. This year’s group, however, may have the best shot in years of upending the Ephs. Neither the men’s nor women’s team suffered badly from graduated seniors, and the losses they did sustain look to be well offset by strong first-year classes. Look for immediate contributions from Barbara Van der Veer ’07 for the women and Tim Lux ’07 and Rob Collier ’07 for the men. Looking at the diving side of the team, new addition Michael Young ’07 should shore up the men’s team along side a veteran women’s crew. Middlebury swimming seems to be on a strong upswing, with each year’s new crop of swimmers seemingly faster and deeper than the one preceding it. This year’s men’s team may even be deeper than the one that toppled the Williams dynasty two years ago, and senior Cragin Brown called the women’s team “the fastest it’s ever been.”