Duhawks cap regular season, prepare for Liberal Arts Championship

SwimThe men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have wrapped up their regular seasons and are preparing for the Liberal Arts Championships on Feb.10.

The Loras men have garnered a fairly successful season, finding key victories in the Simpson Dual as well as the Knox Dual. The team will look to carry the momentum of their significant season into the Liberal Arts Championships.

Seniors John Maevski and Zach Benson look to continue their successful performances in the past meets and pull out solid results for the Duhawks. In addition to Maevski and Benson, freshman Mac Faldet, who has made a huge impact in his first year with the team, looks to carry his success into the championship season. He collected two first place finishes at the Grinnell Invitational and had many impressive performances before that. Expect the men to make a big splash at the Liberal Arts Championship.

The women’s swim team has enjoyed their fair share of success this season as well, chalking up a couple key wins for the team and establishing themselves as a consistent competitor. Sophomore Kim Breaux has had a solid season for the Duhawks, recording several finishes within the top five in competition. The teams’ success has had a big help from freshman Kasey Jacobsen who has not only posted multiple first place finishes in several competitions, but was even named the Liberal Arts Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week of Jan. 19. Jacobsen has been a key newcomer to the team and will be a key contributor to the Duhawks’ success in the Liberal Arts Championship. Seniors Heather Black and Elise Amo look to lead the women in a successful run at the Liberal Arts Championships.

Last year’s Liberal Arts Championship was a solid run for the Duhawks as they recorded four school records that may be challenged yet again this year. Two of those school records belong to senior Zach Benson and Junior Ike Casey, who look to take down their own records and cap off even stronger performances. Zach Benson has rewritten three school records in his time at Loras, and he looks to rewrite more in his final year with the Duhawks.

Both the men’s and women’s teams finished the 2015 Liberal Arts Championship in fifth place, and look to finish just as well if not better in this year’s competition. Strong performances from multiple athletes on both the men’s and women’s side will help the Duhawks push for success to cap off the season. Head coach Ben Gill and assistant coach Ann Foust will lead the men and women to Principia, Ill. to take on a strong field of competitors and finish the season on a high note.

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