Swimming and Diving Team Prepare for Conference Meet
This weekend, the Scarlet Hawks Swimming and Diving team will travel to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Liberal Arts Championship swimming and diving meet. This meet is the last meet the team will compete in prior to the National Championship meet spanning March 2 - 5, and thus is the last chance for many of the swimmers and divers to qualify for the National meet. Qualifying for the National meet means that the swimmer, or diver, performs to a certain level - for the swimmers, each event has a ‘cut time’, which is a standard time that the swimmer must swim faster than to qualify. For divers, it’s similar, but there is a certain score that they have to beat in order to qualify.
Currently going into the Conference meet, the team already has four women and eleven men qualified from the team. Both teams also have five relays (the maximum number of relays in the meet) qualified. However, there are still more events and more swimmers that can be added to the Nationals roster, and many will be striving to make the cuts this weekend.
On February 1, the NAIA released its fourth round of top times. The list consists of the top 25 times for every event for both the men and women. IIT had several athletes ranked on this list. Sophomore Max Ramminger was one of them, currently holding the second-place spot in the 100 yard freestyle, the fourth-place spot in the 50 yard freestyle, and thirteenth in the 100 yard breaststroke. Sophomore Ian McNair currently stands as the second-spot diver for both the men’s 1-meter and 3-meter 11-dive ranking, while senior Jeff Reilly is in fifth and freshman Jefferson West is in fifth on the 1-meter board as well. Freshman Michael Bodzay is currently ranked 21st in the men’s 400 yard IM and junior Keiji Halloway is tied for 20th in the men’s 100 yard butterfly, and is in the 15th place spot for the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Andrea Zuniga just made it into the listing in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with the 25th ranking, and in the men’s 200-yard breast sophomore Eric Grunden holds down 20th, while freshman Felipe Bergh is right behind him in 21st. In addition, all five Women’s relays hold top-20 spots, while all five Men’s relays hold top-10 spots.