In the Cabrini Invitational, freshman elementary education major Andrea Carabello competed in the 50-meter freestyle and came only .06 seconds away from qualifying for the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Carabello has had a record first season in swimming. She has broken Cabrini records and her own records in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle as well as the freestyle relays.
Coach Michael Kernicky decided to take a chance and enter Carabello in the ECAC for two reasons.
“Andrea worked harder than anyone on the team this year, deserving to go and sending a swimmer or a team is the next step for us, a step up for the program,” coach Kernik said.
Unfortunately, the ECAC turned down the request for Carabello to take part in the ECAC. Carabello did not make it because other coaches had similar requests just as coach Kernicky and could not make any exceptions to this rule. Therefore, there will be no Cabrini swimmers competing this year in the ECAC.
“How I ended the season just makes me realize that I may have to work harder or more on different techniques for next year so that I can hopefully qualify then,” Carabello said.
Carabello has plans to become a stronger swimmer. She wants to work on different stroke techniques to get better and stronger in order for next year to qualify for the ECAC and be a better competitor.
Coach Kernicky hopes to make Andrea and the team as a whole more competitive. Adding to their current opponents for next year will be Swarthmore College, a Rowan University Invitational and a Division III Invitational that will take place in Virginia.
“The more competitive schools we face, the more talented swimmers we will attract for the upcoming years, as well as the fast our current swimmers will swim,” coach Kernicky said.
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