Reagan Bednar ~ Guest Writer
On Feb. 11, the Lynchburg men’s swim team wrapped up their 2022-23 season by earning a runner-up trophy in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship.
For the first time in Lynchburg Swim Team history, graduate student Colton Schnars was awarded the ODAC Swimmer of the Meet Award.
Additionally, senior Matt Fields was awarded the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award alongside his female teammate, Lindsey Hair.
Records were also broken in this final meet as junior Will Kasemeyer broke the program record in the 100 freestyle race, and graduate student Chris Jennings shattered the 200 breaststroke program record.
Additionally, freshman Ahmad Woodson broke the program-record in the men’s mile swim. The 400 freestyle relay consisted of Jennings, Tyler Caten, Kasemeyer, with Schnars also breaking a program-record.
Not only were records broken, but emotions were high for many seniors on the team. Four-year letterwinner Zach Bennett said, “It was really bittersweet this year. I tried living in the moment as much as possible for this final meet.”
The Lynchburg Swim Team had its inaugural season just four-years ago which adds to the bittersweet feeling for seniors.
Bennett continued, “Me and my fellow senior teammates were Coach Brad’s first ever recruiting class and got to help set the standard and foundation of this program. It has been insane to witness the growth of this team over the last four years and I can’t wait to watch where the program goes in the future.”
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