Heyy guys, I haven’t updated in a while but things have been totally hectic with the new semester starting, and my SUNYAC CHAMPIONSHIPS that i just had this weekend. I was totally stoked for the big meet, and our team has been training for this sole meet the entire season. This is the only meet that we are given enough rest and recovery time to actually preform at our best. It’s something we wait for the entire season, and I was so glad that the time was finally here when we get to show everyone what we can actually do! The meet went really well, the girls scoring second overall, and the guys 4th. Both of our teams being in the top half of the conference was an awesome accomplishment.
We had many records set on both the men and women’s sides by Eileen Macmann, Jenny Vanetten, Jake VanEtten, Nicole Dean, the women’s 800 freestyle relay including Jenny VanEtten, Nicole Dean, Alycia Mullins, and Hannah Slaga, and the 400 medley relay including Kara Sitnik, Jenny VanEtten, Hannah Slaga, and Alycia Mullins.
We also had a bunch of people swim B-cut times for the NCAA National meet. Forgive me if I forget someone but in individual events qualifying B-cuts we had Jenny VanEtten, Kara Sitnik, Nicole Dean, Eileen Macmann, Shawn Merlin, and Eric Messina. we also had relays qualify including the 200 Medley with Kara Sitnik, myself (Leah Matthews), Hannah Slaga, and Kelly Williams, and also the 400 medley with Kara Sitnik, Jenny VanEtten, Hannah Slaga, and Alycia Mullins. I think almost everyone went best times in their races, and overall both the men and women preformed well.
The next step for us is to see if any of the swimmers that made B-cuts get invited to the National meet. We will not find that out for a few more weeks, but we will wait in anticipation in hopes that we will be able to send someone to this prestigious meet.
Aside from athletics, there are actually other things that go on at college that I sometimes forget about when I’m wrapped up in my swimming….ACADEMICS! I started my 2nd block in Education this semester, and I am really looking forward to some more experience in the classroom. This semester, I am at Huntington K-8 school, and I am helping out in a 6th grade English classroom. My host teacher is really awesome, and I think I am going to learn a ton. Whats great about Oswego’s education program here is that prospective teachers get a lot of hours in the classroom, and are able to dive right into the magic of the classroom and learning so that they can be better prepared for student teaching and their professional future. This semester I will be spending 25-30 hours just in a classroom observing and helping out wherever I can. I am really excited and I think I am going to learn a lot that I wouldn’t be able to learn on campus.
If you are an Oswego student, I hope your semester is starting off smoothly, and If you are a prospective student, I hope you pay us a visit soon! I knew there are a bunch of opportunities for tours and things like that, so definitely check it out and see what we are all about!
The gorgeous facility at ECC
ME! swimming breaststroke