WRITTEN BY MARIÓN ALTAMIRANO ALANÍS
Under the direction of Head Coach Brian Guidera, the SFC men’s swim team gave the world something to talk about as they broke the school record on the 400 free-style relay at Iona College on Saturday.
Guidera said: “The team is training well and the overall sense of the team morale is great!”
The record of 3:20.12 was previously held by former SFC athletes T. Saccerio, B. Plavsic, O. Gil and current student-athlete senior R. Polgar.
With a time of 3:18.11, the record was broken by sophomore Andrew Reed, freshman Cory Klingener, Jon Pepaj, and Gareth Livingstone with a time of 3:18.11.
Livingstone said: “I am super happy with my team. We blew the record out the water while we weren’t even tapered! I am looking forward to many more meets like this.”
The Terriers beat the record against all odds.
The SFC pool had a chlorine imbalance that had to be fixed this past week, which affected the ability of the swim team to practice.
Pepaj said: “This meet was completely different from our first swim meet, I did not feel as prepared because of the pool problems, but since my first day here I knew we could beat that relay record.”
Issues with the pool did not make a difference in the Terrier’s performance as they turned to other methods of training such as running across the Brooklyn Bridge and additional gym work-outs.
Klingener said: “This meet was a bit weird because our training was different this week due to pool problems but I actually didn’t feel that bad in the water. Breaking the record was definitely a big morale booster and it was so cool to see the whole team so excited.”
As for their mental and emotional preparation, Livingstone said: “The people I swim with have similar mindsets. We are tougher, stronger, harder and smarter than our competitors. Just wait till conference we are preparing for the win!”
The team practices twice a day daily and will not stop until the conference championship.
Reed said: “With this being only the second meet and our pool issues, I am very excited about the upcoming season and I can guarantee that the record will be broken by this relay a few more times this year.”
The Terriers are getting ready to change SFC’s perception of the men’s swim team as they prepare to continue to the Conference Championship.