No one seems to have a freshman class that has shown evidence of setting the world on fire, even though some of the specific freshman look like excellent catches. Everyone's women's team (even Bethany's) is noticeably bigger than everyone's men's team. They also seem to be doing better overall.
Originally, I wondered if the Grove City men's striking defeat at the hands of Allegheny was 1) a cause for concern, 2) a meet that was closer than the score would suggest, 3) a sign that I was once again rating Allegheny far higher/lower than I ought, 4) a case of rough swimming in the midst of a tough fall practice schedule. After closer inspection, #3 wins the day (and #2 is waaaaaay off). Many points to Coach Detwiler for reviving the Gators' fortunes again -- at least on the men's side. Westminster's nearly-identical handling of Allegheny this weekend reinforces that guess. The Westminster and Grove City women remain strong, and the men's teams are moving closer to parity, though as weedwacker pointed out, I think (read: assume) the GCC men retain the edge.
After this, the certainties start getting really thin.
The GCC/SVC meet of this afternoon, besides being started late due to a scheduling malfunction, produced little in the way of surprises, except that at times it made St. Vincent's men's team look even more undermanned than it actually is. Also, I was informed that the delay in posting rosters can be attributed to the additional burden placed on him by this semester's full launch of GCC's exercise science program. It is, I think, largely a one-time thing.
I also had the idea that David Dow's ascension at Bethany might signal an immediate turnaround of their fortunes. As it turns out, it's still the same old same old.....in the roster/recruitment department at least. I was interested to learn, for example, that
and thatBethany SID wrote:With only five returners from last season, Dow isn’t the only new face with the Bethany programs this winter.
This is a very familiar tune, and with only 13 swimmers total between the two teams, there's not much grass to make hay with this season.1 D. Dow wrote:Dalton [Lacy] and Bobby [Striker] are first time swimmers. Bobby is currently involved with cross country here at Bethany, so we haven't had too much time to spend with him.
Not that any of this should really be charged to the new coach's account. (The lack of long-term team memory may actually be, oddly enough, good for him.) And there is in fact evidence that his tenure is not simply McGowan Version 2.0.
Here's to his efforts, in hopes that the team will begin moving upward consistently. Marina Baker's SOTW award was a nice start.1 D. Dow wrote:There is a definite change from what the returners are used to. The workouts during preseason have been different and we’ve been spending a lot more time with dry land workouts.
W&J is a puzzle. Consider: of half a dozen freshman men from last year, none were have returned (as was previously pointed out). The women showed up with a full complement for today's meet against WVWC and won handily; the men swam half a dozen guys, dove only John Szott, and lost handily. What was THAT all about?
Maybe things will get clearer as we move through November. And hopefully the fog will have lifted by around the time we get to the December meets?