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Belles eager for revenge on road

Dan Tapetillo | Friday, November 14, 2003

Everybody loves a good challenge.

This Saturday, the Saint Mary’s swim team will be competing against conference rival Albion College.

Despite Saint Mary’s defeating Albion in dual meets for the past two years, Albion found its revenge at the conference finals last year finishing one place ahead of Belles.

Saint Mary’s must avenge the defeat away from home, as the Belles will be competing at Albion for the first time under coach Gregg Petcoff. But Saint Mary’s 17 swimmers are willing to face the challenge against an Albion squad of 30 swimmers and divers.

Even before Saint Mary’s hits the water, the Belles are already at a 32-point disadvantage as the team does not have any divers.

“We are going to have to perform 32 points better than [Albion] in swimming,” Petcoff said. “It doesn’t grant us any room for error or else we’ll never make up that deficit.”

The swimmers must also beat out an Albion swimming team that is very comparable to Saint Mary’s in several events.

“Albion’s times were very similar to our’s last year,” Petcoff said. “But [Albion] could really surprise us … we are just going to have to get lucky.”