Ready for the grind
Early success nice, but CMU swim team focused on peaking in February
Ron Allen has plenty of things to be happy about when it comes to Colorado Mesa’s swimming and diving season so far. He’s not, though.
“I only say that now because we are ridden with illness and injuries,” the fourth-year coach of the Mavericks said. “Other than that, we look really good.”
Sickness and injuries notwithstanding, the Mavs have high expectations all the way around for the 2015-16 season. And there’s been plenty of good things that have happened so far, including a stellar performance from Mesa’s divers in Clarion, Pennsylvania, this past weekend.
Those good showings have come even though the Mavs, understandably so, aren’t putting a huge priority on the quality of their performances from now until the stretch run of the season. That’s because Allen this week is starting the team’s rigorous three-month conditioning period that has traditionally helped them excel in February.
And once the newer team members catch up, he feels Mesa will be in prime position to compete for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title.
“We have lots of kids who, in my opinion, are kind of whiney about being sore,” said senior Justin Hastings, who qualified for four events in last year’s NCAA Division II Championships. “They’re getting there.
“We don’t really care about midseason times, because we know it’s conference that really matters,” Hasting continued. “We’ve had several kids who have broken down about not swimming as fast as they’d like to at this point in the season, and we have to reaffirm to them that this part of the season doesn’t really matter as much.”