Chicago, IL - The Illinois Tech Swimming & Diving team started off the New Year the right way, by training hard. The teams took a two week break after finals and opened up their winter training camp on December 30th in Chicago.
Beyond two-a-days, and some three-a-days with dryland/weights, Head Coach Eric Bugby split the team into 4 different groups: Silent But Deadly led by senior Ray Mohaimani, Team America led by sophomore Nicole Frantz, Team IR le d by sophomore Kevin Boldt, and the Kung Fu Pandas led by sophomore Tanner Grieve.
The team competition spanned 10 days. Teams were judged and given points based on attendance, effort in practice, team names, skits, 6-square, a jigsaw puzzle, surviving the national Polar Vortex, building a snowman on the pool deck and, of course, in the water relays and challenges.
In the end, Team America came away with the coveted Santa Trophy and a personal day with a four point win over Silent But Deadly. Next year, the teams will be fighting for the Golden Pineapple Trophy in sunny Puerto Rico.
Team America 664
Silent But Deadly 660
Team IR 540
Kung Fu Pandas 499
Coming up on January 24th, 2014 is the team's Senior Meet against conference rival Eureka College at 5:00pm. The recognition for the seniors will start at 4:30pm. The Illinois Tech graduating seniors are:
Please come out and support the Hawks and the seniors' last home meet in Ecko Pool.