Fading suits and goggle tan lines indicate the start to the fall season for NYU’s swimming and diving team. With countless hours in the pool, a tight circle of support and the taste of last season’s victories as fuel, the team is all on deck and ready to make a splash.
Preseason is arguably the most vital component in the equation for success. NYU swimmers are putting their competitive streaks into the preparation process, exacting their technique and stretching their endurance.
There’s no doubt the Violets conquered in the pool last season. Nursing sophomore Jaime Robinson’s memories of last season still linger as the fall season is fast approaching. After having earned strong performance times and inducted several All-American players, the new members have some big shoes to fill.
“One highlight that sticks out to me from last year was that our girl’s team went undefeated in the dual meet season,” Robinson said. “We also finished second at UAA’s, as well as eighth at NCAA’s, [and] our men’s team finished 5th at NCAA’s.”
The mutual support between team members radiates. LS sophomore Honore Collins is an NCAA Champion and NYU’s first national champion. From memories of momentous relays and the first taper in fast suits, Collins surely has memories that will last long after the pool closes. She is incredibly supportive of her teammates and notes their big moments as well as hers.
“Watching Tim Kou finish the 200 breaststroke at nationals [was a highlight from last season],” Collins said. “He was going so fast the entire race and then he got the biggest smile when he saw his time and put up a bobcat paw.”
In terms of personal goals, Collins hopes to bring back some big titles. She is setting the bar high for herself to lead the team.
“I hope to win nationals again, and maybe break the national record in the 200 IM,” Collins said. “I also hope to final in all three of my events at nationals. Last year we got 8th at nationals, so I hope that we do better and I hope everyone has fun while swimming.”
Stern junior Joe Del Buono is particularly enthusiastic regarding the dynamics of the team and looks forward to making new memories and improving solid times.
“We have a lot of great talent in the freshman class and have the potential to place really high at nationals this year,” Del Buono said. “I’m looking forward to becoming closer with the new swimmers. I am also looking forward to seeing how fast we can swim. I think it’s going to be a great year. As a men’s team, I think and hope we can place top three at NCAA’s. Overall, top five would be a great next step in the rise of the NYU swim team.”
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 25 print edition. Email Alice Li at [email protected]