March 11, 2013
Matthew A. Jones '14
The Hampden-Sydney Men's Swim Team concluded its first full season with wins in Greensboro against Greensboro College and Randolph-Macon College. The Men's Invitational meet was hosted at the Greensboro Athletic Center by the ODAC in conjunction with the ODAC Women's Swimming Championship. The men's program has yet to gain official conference affiliation due to the lack of men's swimming programs among ODAC schools.
Throughout the year H-SC has co-hosted meets with Hollins and Sweet Briar College which allowed the programs to compete in dual meets. In their first full season as a Division III program the Tigers swam to victories against Greensboro, Gallaudet, Davis & Elkins, and a first place finish at the ODAC Men's Invitational.
The Tigers were led by their Senior Captain Ke Shang (front row, 3rd from left, below) who holds individual program records in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.77), 100-yard butterfly (1:00.35), 200-yard butterfly (2:25.98), 200-yard IM (2:14.89), and 400-yard IM (4:55.35). The program will graduate two seniors in May, Ke Shang and John Bishop. Both swimmers were founding members of the team and served as captains this year. The future of the program looks very promising with a class of 13 freshmen led by Andy Snow '16, Alton Brieske '16, Treavor Hartwell '16, and Ford Scott '16, who set individual records in their rookie seasons. The season proved to be a record breaking one, the team rewrote the records in fifteen events.
The swim team hosted U.S. Gold Medalist Jeff Rouse (front row, center, below) on December 14. Jeff Rouse won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, setting world records in the backstroke, and is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Rouse spoke with the team sharing his Olympic experience and offering advice on succeeding in the pool, as well as in life.
uring the winter break Leggett Pool underwent extensive renovations to improve the facilities; these will allow Hampden-Sydney to host official meets next season. The improvements included a record board, an electronic scoreboard and timing system, starting blocks, new lap lanes, and repairs and improvements to the pool deck and observation deck.
Hampden-Sydney hopes to establish men's swimming in the ODAC. Hampden-Sydney, Greensboro College, Randolph-Macon College, and Washington and Lee University could form a men's swimming conference in the ODAC. Currently the ODAC women's swimming conference features Washington and Lee University, Randolph-Macon College, Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Greensboro College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Sweet Briar College, Hollins University, and Guilford College.
Since Hampden-Sydney added swimming as the ninth NCAA Division III sport on October 28, 2011, the swim team has expanded from 14 to 20 swimmers. The team would like to extend their appreciation to the College, the Athletic Department, Coach Betsy Prengaman (front row, 4th from left) , and all the swimmers and their families and friends. H-SC swimming program is becoming highly competitive and capable of hosting official meets. With more young, enthusiastic, and self-disciplined Tigers, the swim team will continue to build upon its success.