The Berry College swimming and diving teams trained this past week and competed in a sprint format invitational meet at Florida International University. BC competed against many strong programs including FIU, Florida Atlantic and Purdue. Results

“The team swam hard despite a tough week of grueling practices. This is a great indicator of what the rest of the season holds for them,” said Head Coach Paul Flinchbaugh. “This multi-divisional meet provided astounding competition. We gleaned many valuable insights racing strong competitors in preparation for the championship portion of the season.”

The meet was held on Sunday, January 3rd at the FIU competition pool. One of the first events–the 200 freestyle–showed the strength of the Berry women as senior captain Janelle Spanjers swam a time of 2:02.89. On the men’s side, Joey Ellwanger, a junior captain, also led the Viking men in that event with a time of 1:49.65. In the 100 yard back, Cedar Hawks swam a season-best at 1:04.63.

The Viking divers also performed well. After using the week to acquire a full new list of dives on the three-meter board, all four divers put their talents to use. The men competed strongly on the one- meter board, while the ladies put their new lists into practice on both the three and one-meter boards. “Basically, the divers condensed months of practice into one week, and performed their dives beautifully,” Flinchbaugh said.

The sprint format proved to be a fun and refreshing meet for the Vikes after a long week of hard training. The meet included 50-yard races, such as the 50 fly, back, and breast as well as the 100 IM. In the 500 yard free, Spanjers swam a 5:18.61, impressive for this point in the training process.

“We are eager to get back home and race some conference opponents,” said Assistant Coach Catie Schmitz.

The team will head back to Rome later this week. On Friday, the Vikings travel to compete in a two-day invitational meet at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.