WKU Swimming and Diving sweeps Nova Southeastern meet

Kurt Carson

The WKU swimming and diving teams suffered no letdown Tuesday in their first meet since ending the fall semester.

Both the men’s (6-1) and women’s (8-1) team swept the field of IUPUI, Florida Atlantic and host Nova Southeastern at the NSU Aquatic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Head Coach Bruce Marchionda said he thought his team “competed very well” in the quad meet.

“I thought they got up and raced really well today,” Marchionda said in a press release Tuesday. “We did a very hard work out before the meet started to challenge them to step up and I thought they did a great job of racing even though they were a little tired.”

Freshmen Susan Marquess and Paige Drazga led the women with sweeps in three of five freestyle events.

Both teams started the meet off strong by placing first in the 400 medley relay.

Overall, seven different Lady Toppers scored first-place finishes in the meet while four Toppers earned top spots in their respective events.

Marchionda said that shows the kind of depth he had hoped to see as the season progresses.

“We are trying to develop that depth because that is simply how you win conference championships,” he said. “You can’t do it with one or two superstars, you have to be able to have at least four good individuals in each event and we are trying to develop that. It is fun to see that occur.”

WKU returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 21, when they host the Cumberlands at Bill Powell Natatorium in their final home meet of the season.

“Hopefully (today) will give us a little bit of confidence heading into those last couple of dual meets and then heading into the conference championships,” Marchionda said.