SWIMMING: Toppers glad to be home

Josh Buckman

After two long weekends of traveling, Western’s swimming and diving team will finally be able to strut its stuff at home.

The Hilltoppers will take on tiny NAIA Cumberland College in a meet Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Preston Health and Activities Center pool. ?

The men come in undefeated at 5-0, while the women are 11-2.

“Everyone is really looking forward to swimming at home this weekend,” said Jordan Beck, who set two pool records in Green Bay and Milwaukee last weekend.

Cumberland College, a small liberal arts Baptist college located in Williamsburg, Ky., is not expected to pose a serious threat to the Hilltoppers, as it doesn’t have a diving team. ?

The opportunity will let Western’s divers declare this a special circumstance, which allows each member of the diving team to take 10 or more dives.

This will be the second time this year that Western has seen Cumberland in action. The first was at the exhibition Kentucky Relays where the men beat the Patriots 146-54 and the women won 124-72. ? ?

The Kentucky Relays consisted only of relay races and diving, while this meet will feature individual races.

Even though this meet will count on the team’s record, and feature individual races, the Hilltoppers don’t seem too worried.

“I think if I swam I could beat them,” said junior diver Marci Kacsir, who won five of the six women’s diving events over the weekend.

This meet should allow head coach Bill Powell to continue to rearrange the men’s lineup and maybe the women’s. He has been usable to change the women’s lineup because they don’t have the depth the men enjoy.

The team hopes this weekend will be more relaxing than the last three.?The men and women traveled to Louisiana and Wisconsin the previous two weekends, while the women had to compete against Sun Belt Conference competition in New Mexico three weeks ago.

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