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SMC Swimming: Belles meet K’zoo in big MIAA meet

Joe Meixell | Friday, January 20, 2006

The Belles’ swim team is not focused on the final score of today’s meet at Rolf’s Aquatic Center against Kalamazoo, but rather with hopes to improve individual and team times.

Coming off a hard two weeks of winter training, Saint Mary’s head coach Lynn Kachmarik is positive that the team will continue to improve.

“The team really took on this challenge and had a fantastic two-week training camp,” she said.

The team’s diligent work ethic its meet against Alma Wednesday, as the team came away with three first-place finishes – two by senior captain Kelly Nelis. Nelis won the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle and Karla McGough took first in the 200-yard freestyle.

Despite Nelis’ strong showing, the Belles fell to Alma.

Saint Mary’s swim team’s lack of divers has left them with an underhand for the entire season.

“We have no divers, which impacts the score of every meet,” Kachmarik said.

With this detriment, the Belles look toward the rest of the season with goals of simply building and improving on what they have.

The Belles are only three weeks away from the MIAA League Championships. Today’s meet against Kalamazoo could be a strong springboard for the final races of the season.

However, it could also be a difficult one, given that Kalamazoo triumphed, 158-78, over the same Alma team that defeated the Belles.

The Belles look to their meet against the Lady Hornets of Kalamazoo with high hopes of improving all across the board.