College Swimming: U-Mary still building two years after inception

The University of Mary swimming team is one of the newest and youngest programs in the Northern Sun. This weekend's eighth place finish at conference shows the continued progress they are making. 

The Marauders swimming team is still getting there feet wet at the college level.

"Kind of like we're making a legacy," Alyssa Boese said. "So we're all super excited. Even if we don't do super well we're like, 'Hey you know what, you can do better next time.'"

The third-year program has no seniors and just three juniors. The rest of the 19 ladies are freshmen and sophomores.

"Very hungry and motivated and they wanted to make an impact right way," Allan McCallum said, "so they challenged our returning athletes right away. It was nice having that competitiveness and we've carried that throughout the season."

And the Marauders like the idea of being a part of history.

"You can set a record at almost every meet," Boese said.

The program continues to makes strides.

"We've broken a number of school records so far," McCallum said. "It's kind of nice going through the middle of season when we haven't tapered yet. We've only put our speedsters on once."

And to keep the team focused Allan McCallum assigns the team fun homework.

"Our coaches had a read a book to kind of help our mental stability," Boese said.

The assignment brought the 22 girls closer together and achieve their goal of being the loudest team.

"Even if you can't hear them in swimming because your heads underwater," Boese said. "You take a breathe and you see them and you're like, 'That's me team, Keep going.' They are doing there best. I need to do my best."

As U-Mary brings back the same girls every year, the other teams are graduate players. So a good sign for a young team.

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