From Jan. 5 to Jan. 11 the Cabrini men’s and women’s swim team took a trip to Miami to compete against Division I programs. The Cavs swam against Florida International University and Kansas State University.
Not only did they get a feel for a much warmer climate but they got a taste of what it’s like swimming against Division 1 schools.
“Being in Florida was awesome. The weather was great. Swimming against schools like Florida International University and Kansas University was a great experience and great competition,” junior exercise science and health promotion major Anne Konicki said.
Every morning, the Cabrini swim team would wake up to 70 degree weather and practice from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. in an outdoor swimming pool which was 50 meters long.
They would practice in the morning and evening in preparation to compete on the second to last day spent in Florida.
For the women, freshman MacKenzie Stewart finished fifth in the 100yd breaststroke, handing in a time of 1:09.94.
Andrea Carbello brought in two eigth-place finishes in the 50yd freestyle and the 100yd freestyle.
Konicki also placed 8th in the 500yd freestyle, clocking in at 6:13.75. Coming in fourth-place was sophomore Emily Yurick who swam in the 400yd individual medley with a time of 5:28.60.
The Cabrini ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams placed third and fourth during the 400yd freestyle relay.
“I had a lot of fun hanging out with the team on the beach, and working hard during every race that we competed in. On the beach, or in the pool racing against two competitive programs made us really come together as a team,” sophomore social work major Lisa Somers said.
On the men’s side of the pool, sophomore Kyle Teliszewski came in first in the 100yd freestyle with a time of 51.98 beating three Cabrini teammates to the finish line.
Sophomore Bill Boylan came in second place with a time of 52.07. Finishing in third and fourth were sophomores Matt McGuriman with a time of 52.28 and Matt Piontkowski with a time of 58.32. The 200yd medley relay team came in with a time of 1:48.85.
Not only did they spend a lot of time in the pool practicing and hanging out but they also got the opportunity to experience the night life in South Beach.
“It was a mixture of hard work in the pool and fun on the beach. At the end of the day though, all of the hard work and early practices really paid off,” Boylan said.