The State University of New York at New Paltz swimming team will compete against Vassar College Friday for its second home meet of the season before traveling to Clinton, NY the next day to face off against Hamilton College.
"Our expectations for these upcoming meets are just to build off our success from our first home meet, bring that same energy we brought, and also to just step up in the individual races as well as relays," said junior Tim Stecher
The Hawks celebrated a win in their home opener the previous week against Adelphi University. SUNY New Paltz entered the meet with confidence despite challenging a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II opponent and carried that energy to a successful end, with the women winning, 133-107 and the men winning, 120-99. The women placed first in nine events, while the men were the first to the wall in four events. The Hawks were guaranteed a win by the tail end of the meet, so the last four events of the meet went unscored.
Friday and Saturday's contests against Vassar and Hamilton is the first, and only time this season the Hawks will have back-to-back dual meets, which will test their endurance and recovery time in a grueling two-day weekend.
"The way we have prepared for a double meet weekend is having really tough doubles during a day," said junior Sarah Crespo
. "I think that sets our body to be, in a way, kind of tired in the same way you would feel after a double meet weekend, which is really, really hard, but I think we'll be able to do it because we've had those tough days, tough practices and it'll set us up to be able to swim at our best even though we're pretty tired."
The face-off between the Hawks and the Brewers will take place in Elting Pool for the first time in four years. SUNY New Paltz was victorious against Vassar College in the 2017-2018 season, scoring 150-118 on the women's side and 148-116 on the men's side. The Brewers suffered losses on both the women, 140-150, and men's, 99-186, for their only meet thus far this season against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Hawks' men and women were also successful against Hamilton College in the previous season, scoring 117-85 and 115-88, respectively. Hamilton College has not yet had any meets this year; their first competition will take place Friday against Utica College.
"I think our expectations against Hamilton and Vassar are to just swim as best we can, not necessarily all out. I think we have to swim smart," said Crespo. "We hope to win on both sides, but they are some pretty tough teams so I think we just have to do our best and cheer each other on and if we get those things down, whatever happens happens."
SUNY New Paltz will compete against Vassar College Friday at Elting Pool at 6 p.m. before traveling to Clinton, NY Saturday to face-off Hamilton College at 1 p.m.
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