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Swimming Update

Postby Water Pony » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:00 pm

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the new Robson-Lindley Aquatic Center and visit with Steve Collins, our Women's Coach, and Greg Rhodenbaugh, the new Men's Coach. The Men's practice was underway.

The Men's Team is much larger with lots of Freshmen, including many walk-on's in the pool. Underclassman are the norm. It's apparent it will take time to rebuild, but the team depth has greater and Greg is working them hard. Lots of strength building and intensity in their workouts.

Qualifying a lot swimmers for NCAA looks like a long term project, but the team will be deeper than our more recent teams. I expect some diamonds in the rough to emerge with our young swimmers moving from HS training to the big loads now expected.

Steve was fun to talk to, but it will be missing a couple of international swimmers this year, as they compete for their country in the Olympics next week. By the way, this weekend the Women host the Dallas Classic with Auburn (4th nationally last year), Louisville (12th last year), Iowa, Miami and Northwestern coming to our new facility, which looks fantastic.

There is likely to be more fund raising (again), as they aspire to build an outdoor, long course pool immediately south of the Aquatic Center. This will allow us to host major meets with two long course pools available. Fun to think about. Recruiting has improved with the new facility a big asset.

In summary, the future looks better, but it will take time to build a new foundation, continue recruiting and move up in class. Pony Up!
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Re: Swimming Update

Postby jpe747 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:33 pm

I hope so. It is a shame what happened to our swimming program - once one of the best in the country. Pony Up!
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Re: Swimming Update

Postby PoconoPony » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:43 pm

Both programs have struggled the last 10 years. New coach Greg Rhodenbaugh will take time to re-build, but he is the right guy to do the job. This year's frosh are solid, but most are not to the level where they can be coached up for any conference championships let alone NCAA qualifiers.
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Re: Swimming Update

Postby Water Pony » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:57 pm

PoconoPony wrote:Both programs have struggled the last 10 years. New coach Greg Rhodenbaugh will take time to re-build, but he is the right guy to do the job. This year's frosh are solid, but most are not to the level where they can be coached up for any conference championships let alone NCAA qualifiers.


Fair assessment, Pocono.

The journey to NCAAs, much less, conference champs, will be a long one. For example, to be competitive you need more than a couple of individual contributors. Relay teams bring lots of points, but you need to have at least four high performing freestylers for both short and middle distances, plus a least one star in each of the strokes, back, breast, butterfly and free for the two medley relays distances. No small task.

This requires depth, speed and quality. This will take years. Let’s begin the journey. Pony Up!
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