Swim’s ODAC Opener

By Chris Jennings ~ Assistant Copy Editor

Claire Galloway. Photo Courtesy of Lynchburg Athletics/Erin Farina

This past weekend the Lynchburg swim team rode over the mountain to take on the Washington and Lee Generals in a dual meet. 

This was the first action the Hornets have had since Oct. 9, when they were in Lexington competing at ODAC Relays where both the mens and womens team captured a third place finish. 

This time however it was a one on one matchup in the pool against the Generals the first time that the two teams have met in a regular season dual meet.

The Generals won on the mens and womens side this past weekend but not without a tough fight from the Hornets. 

The women were defeated 153-103 while the men fell by the score of 162-90. 

The Hornets did not go home winless however as the women were able to capture three first place swims thanks to sophomore Delaney Kennedy and junior Claire Galloway sweeping the 100 and 200 breastroke events and Kennedy adding a win in the 400 individual medley. 

Head Coach Bradley Dunn said, “Overall, it was a great meet and I know that we have a lot to build off of from the swims we had and what makes this team great is that they want to get better each and every day which makes my job so much more fun.”

Coach Dunn has set up an obstacle course of meets for the Hornets this fall as they will have two more meets this semester before winter break. 

Junior Zach Bennett said, “I think Brad has done a great job challenging us to be the best versions of ourselves everyday and that’s why the meet lineup is what it is. In order to be the best team, we have to swim against the best.”

The Hornets will see Washington and Lee as well as Roanoke who are considered two of the top three teams in the conference a combined five times in the fall before the ODAC Championship in the spring of 2022.

Kennedy said, “We as a team have grown a lot so far this year and I think that we will continue while we are on campus together throughout most of winter break. I know that Claire pushes me and I push here and that is seen across the board for all the groups.”

The Hornets will travel to Greensboro this weekend to compete against eight other schools in the Guilford Invite.

Junior Parker Hayungs said, “This is a great chance for everyone to swim at the pool where ODACs will be this February and it will be the first time the freshman or sophomores will be at the pool.”

The Hornets will compete in a two session meet on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center starting at 10:30 a.m. 

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