Swimming and Diving - Cadets prepare for NEISDAs
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University takes aim at team and individual honors at the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships Feb. 17-19.
Coach Laura Dunn's men's and women's squads join a strong field at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center in White River Junction. Fans, friends and alumni can follow the meet with a live results link on the schedule section of the home page at www.norwichathletics.com, the Internet home of Norwich University athletics.
NU enters the meet with several individuals listed within the men's top eight preliminary times. Freshman Lance Webster (Windham, Me.) is third-fastest in the 1650 freestyle and among the top eight of the 500 and 1000, senior Mike Zemanek (Voorheesville, N.Y.) is fourth-fastest in the 100 fly and 200 freestyle, sophomore Brandon Kelly (Centreville, Md.) is fifth-quickest in the 50 fly, sophomore Patrick Bowden (Cumberland, Me.) is fifth-fastest in the 50 breaststroke and 100 intermediate and freshman Shakeel Ballentyne (Jonesboro, Ga.) is seventh in the 50 fly to highlight the group.
"It's all about being with the top 16 to score points and the top eight to try and place and possibly win events," Dunn said. "I think the guys can make a push for the top three with Roger Williams battling with us, too. I think Kean and Bentley will make a run at the top two spots. It'll depend on how many events make the finals."
In the women's meet, NU's coach is hoping to move some relays into the top 24 which would score points.
"I think, beyond that, that (seniors) Felicia Jones (Sherburne, N.Y.) and Janice Knoop (Cicero, N.Y.) have a strong chance to do well in their events, too," Dunn added.