Relying on Teamwork

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

Will Kasemeyer. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

The University of Lynchburg swim teams were in action officially for the first time this season as the Hornets traveled over to Lexington to compete in ODAC relays hosted by Washington and Lee.

Both the mens and womens team fought their way to a third place finish, the highest ever for both teams at the meet. The Hornets came away with their first relay victory at the meet where the men’s 4 x 25 underwater relay won. The team consisted of Matthew Fields, Parker Hayungs, Trevor O’Neil and Kellen Campbell

The Hornets were also able to bring home a trio of bronze finishes to go along with the gold. 

Senior Spencer Swam said, “I think we got a good start to the season facing other teams that will be the same teams that are down in Greensboro come February.”

The Hornets will face a slew of challenges this season as they will compete against four other teams in the ODAC in head to head action as well as seeing more at different invitationals before the Championship meet in February. 

Miles Fitzgerald said, “I think that this team has a lot to be proud of on how we performed this weekend but there is still room for a lot of improvement. We have now seen the best teams in the conference all in the same place, we know what we need to do. Now we have to go out and execute at lift at practice so that when February comes we are ready.”

Fitzgerald has been praised by coaches both on staff as well as from other schools as well as the rest of the freshman class.

The women’s team fought hard to out touch Randolph Macon but came up short to Roanoke in a tightly contested battle for second through fourth. 

Lindsey Hair said, “We knew it was going to be a battle coming into this meet and knowing that we had a target on our back was shown today. We did not have our best meet but we know where our strengths and weaknesses are so now we can go from here to improve.”

The women, who are defending champions, are looking to repeat with a full slate of conference foes.

Standout performers were Freshman Savy Burroughs on the women’s side as well as Sophomore Will Kasemeyer who both swam very impressively throughout the day. 

The Hornets will participate in Homecoming festivities on Friday night through an intersquad meet at the Liberty Natatorium before heading back to Lexington to face the Generals in a dual meet on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

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