Diving In: Starting Off Strong

Diving In: Starting Off Strong

Athletes from the swimming and diving team will be blogging throughout the season about the team's competition, training and more. Today's entry is from junior Kasey Lefebvre, who competes in distance freestyle events.

Hey Rhody Fans!

The season has officially begun! Ask any one of our 39 athletes and they will tell you that our training is in full swing. You can find us down in Tootell day in and day out, but our hard work is definitely paying off!

We took our first win of the season from the Black Bears of the University of Maine. We all went into this meet with a great attitude and lots of excitement! We posted some great times and impressed Mick (Westkott) and ourselves in our home opener. No one backed down when the score was close and many swimmers really stepped it up to secure the victory.  After a tough loss to this team last year, this win got everyone pumped up for the meet the following weekend! We were also able to celebrate with some alumni who were in Kingston, R.I. for the annual alumni meet the next morning!

We were ready to get back to training after our win and nothing could stop us, not even Hurricane Sandy! After we ensured that our families all up and down the east coast were okay, we spent our week hoping for no classes, doing homework by candlelight, and going to practice! We completed our first lactate set of the season even though our team members living off campus had no power! We did not let this disaster dampen our swimmer spirits for the Ed Golden Invitational last weekend!

The tri-meet against Springfield College and Coast Guard was like a great Rhody family reunion! Not only is Mick's son the coach of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Springfield coach is a Rhody swimming alum. The meet also fell on Parents' Weekend! Needless to say, there was lots of excitement surrounding the weekend. We were able to show off to our parents with a double win, defeating both teams with ease. Our Rhody swimmers and divers performed amazingly well after a week of adversity and some really tough training!

There's still a lot of training to do and the end of the semester is coming fast! Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and finals will sneak up right after. The team is getting ready to hit the books, the boards, and the blocks! 

-Kasey Lefebvre