H20 Frogs head to MWC Championships

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will look to carry their success from in-season competition into the Mountain West Championships on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

The undefeated men’s team won the Dual Meet Season Championship after defeating the University of Nevada-Las Vegas at home 177-117. The women’s team lost the meet against UNLV, but both teams will have the chance to become champions when the conference tournament starts and all the teams competing for the championship have records of 0-0.

Head coach Richard Sybesma said he expects his teams to do well.

“I’m expecting everybody to peak – that’s a keyword – peak at the right time, and if we can get them all peaking on the same weekend then we should have a pretty good meet,” Sybesma said.

Sybesma said Brigham Young University, San Diego State and Wyoming will be tough competition for the women’s team, while the men’s team will face a challenge with the UNLV, Air Force and Wyoming teams.

Sybesma said UNLV has won the championship the past five years, and it will be the favorite this year, but he is not counting the H20 Frogs out.

Jeff Gettel, a junior backstroke/individual medley swimmer, said the team is prepared for what’s ahead. Gettel said taper time and time off to rest before the championships has helped the team. He said he feels confident in the water and thinks the team feels prepared as well.

“We’ve been putting in work all season for this, so I think we’re all pretty motivated and ready,” Gettel said.

Josh Bagby is one of two seniors and co-captains on the team for whom this year’s MWC Championships will be the last. He said winning against all the teams during in-season was a big milestone, but the team members have “reset and re-challenged” themselves to have the same type of success in the championships.

The tournament will consist of all-day meets from today to Sunday with the MWC Long Course Time Trials taking place at the end.