PATRICK MCAULEY ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • Over the course of winter break, most Wabash students indulge in the leisurely activities associated with down time or work to grab some extra cash for spring semester. However, the Wabash swimming and diving team spent time doing what they do best, living in the water.
For one full week, the squad headed down to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. This front end of the season is an allocated period where training with intensity is crucial. Essentially, it’s not a vacation. Guys get in the water with one purpose: to grow faster, better, and stronger. It can be a miserable experience for athletes of this stature, but team bonding helped to ease the tension. Dakota Rhodes ’18, has been on the team for four years now, and he has come to believe in importance of this team diving event.
“Every year the team takes these trips not only to train hard, but increase moral and relationships on the team,” Rhodes said. “Out of four years as a Wabash Swimmer, my favorite memories are made in these trips.”
Team chemistry is necessary for strong, competitive results. These Wabash athletes focused on cohesiveness alongside their everyday efforts in the water. Head Coach Brent Noble insinuated an inner-squad meet in which swimmers divided up into different teams for racing purposes. Outside the pool, they put on a few relaxed events such as a skit show and trivia night. Noble believes their abilities to nurture chemistry
stem from strong character, and Wabash places a major emphasis on recruiting these types of student athletes.
After returning home from a strong week of training, the squad took on IUPUI. The Jaguars’ head coach, Matt Bos, was Noble’s coach during his senior year at Eastern Illinois. During this reunion, the Little Giants had good results. Benny Liang ’20, Chaz Rhodes ’18, Wesley Slaughter ‘21, and Jan Dziadek ’21 gained first place points in the 200-freestyle relay. Benjamin Klimczak ’21 finished first in the 100 backstroke, putting up a time of 52.81. Kyle Louks ’19 finished second in the 100 butterfly. The team uses this meet to prepare for conference.
This meet was a confidence booster. Going into conference, the Little Giants will take on Denison University and Kenyon College. These are two of the top DIII swim programs in the country. After a tough loss to the Jaguars, the Wabash guys are not satisfied. The mental and physical strength they have gained from winter break
and the meet against IUPUI will only add to their performance in conference. The NCAC Swimming and Diving Conference Championships will take place on February 14 through February 17 at Denison University.