DUBUQUE – 2004; that was the last time Loras College sent a swimmer to nationals.
Now, 13 years later, one junior made it his goal to end that long break.
Duhawks Ike Casey steps it up and is swimming his way to the 2017 NCAA Division 3 National Championships.
“I’m getting a lot of support from everybody, including the team and the athletic department here,” Casey says. “I’d say overall it feels pretty good.”
Ike has been putting in a lot of training these past few weeks. He talks about how not only tapering down, but getting back into shape . He also mentions that within the last week, he’s been trying to recover to be at top performance for competition.
The lone Duhawk qualified in not one, not two, but three events. Casey will be competing in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. His coach is certainly impressed, and is ready to watch him race.
“I think he is going to do tremendously well,” head coach Ben Gill predicts. “I think he is seeded right now in the top five.”
Casey recently competed in the 50 free, and will be competing in the rest of his races later on this week.
Kaitlyn LaGrange is a sophomore majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations at Loras College. She is the producer and anchor for LCTV's Sports Shorts. Kaitlyn is on the Loras Swimming and Diving Team, Wind Ensemble, and a writer for The Lorian.