Nanook swimming sinks to Simon Fraser

By Rebecca Coleman
Sun Star Reporter

Senior Courtney Miller plunges into the water for the 200m. freestyle at the Nanook vs. Simon Frazer Swim Meet this Saturday, Oct-23.

Nanook swimmers yelled “Pump, pump, pump it up! P-U-M-P pump it up!” as they psyched themselves up for their weekend meets against Simon Fraser from Canada on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. “Keep, keep, keep it up! Keep that Nanook spirit up!”  Unfortunately, getting pumped up didn’t lead the Nanooks to a victory, and they lost 70-111 on Friday and 73-129 on Saturday.

Simon Fraser took an early lead in the 200-yard medley relay, the first event of the night on Friday.  That race would set the tone for the rest of the weekend.  Simon Fraser took first in 19 of the 22 races between Friday and Saturday’s meets. These included new records in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly on Friday, as well as the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.

Head Coach Scott Lemley wasn’t fazed.

“[We] are swimming well,” he said. “We are swimming against probably the future national champions, so [we’re] doing really well.”

Saturday’s meet included a complication with the 50-yard freestyle. After the event was over, it was discovered that there had been a problem with the start, so the race had to be redone.

“Most actually swam faster because they were already warmed up,” Lemley said.  “It didn’t turn out the way they planned, but the results were better.”

Brooke Underwood, a freshman, agreed with Lemley. “I did really crappy the first time and better the second,” she said. “So I was okay with it.”

This has been a busy week for the Nanook swimmers.  In addition to the meets on Oct. 22 and 23, they faced Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 17 and 18. On the 17th, there was no team score. On the 18th, the Nanooks lost 92-169.

“We don’t really rest on dual meets,” said Meghan O’Leary, referencing their two practices per day, regardless of having meets.  “The expectations for personal bests are low.  The expectation is to have fun and do the best we can.”

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