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    • #11965
      Derek
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      Will Alma now build a program that can compete with the rest of the MIAA? I see the hiring of Kyle Schack as nothing but a good thing for Alma and the rest of the MIAA. Thoughts?

    • #30520
      miller
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      The MIAA can only benefit from a reputable program at all of its schools. Alma wasn’t that bad in the early 1990s. Were they near the bottom of the MIAA? Yes. Did they at least send someone to NCAAs? Yes.

      I say the sooner they’re respectable, the sooner MIAAs will be more about who swims well and less about who just shows up for the 1650 because there are only 10 entrants and just finishing earns you points. 🙂

    • #30521
      silentp
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      I agree that it’d be great to see Alma rise to power, but I don’t see it. I think they’ll begin to compete and be an Albion type team, with some good solid swimmers, but never enough guys to truly compete for the title. They could move up to as high as 4th, but Calvin doesn’t look to be going anywhere and Kzoo seems to be on the rise, so even 4th will not be easy. I also feel the coach taking the position could be using it as a stepping stone and therefore leave the position once he has established himself as a solid head coach.

    • #30522
      miller
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      Never say never. When you say “Albion type team” I’m instantly drawn back to 1994 when Albion got 2nd at MIAAs and beat K (who had 3 NCAA qualifiers), Calvin (who had 2) and Alma (who had 1) at NCAAs.

      Even an Albion type team can return to excellence again. Heck, the Tigers are in a pennant race….we haven’t seen that in 20 years.

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