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After two consecutive winning seasons, the Hollins swim team experienced some growing pains in 2013-14. Still, the team completed the season on a high note and looks to carry that momentum into the 2014-15 campaign. Hollins returns a roster that gained much-needed experience and seasoning one year ago. With a strong incoming class of 12 swimmers, the team hopes to get off to a quick start this season.
Hollins will look to a pair of ODAC Finals qualifiers from this past ODAC Swim Championships to lead the team. Meg O’Brien '15 will be asked to use all of her experiences and success to mentor her younger teammates. She reached the ODAC Finals in both the 400 Individual Medley and the 200 Butterfly. Haley Caulfeild-James '17 returns after a stellar first year. Like her teammate, Caulfeild-James also earned a pair of finals berths when she reached the finale in the 100 and 200 Butterfly. Hollins gets a big boost by the return of Claire Webber ‘16 after a year out of the pool. Webber not only made the made the ODAC Finals in her first year, but finished fourth on her way to earning All ODAC Second Team honors.
For the first time in recent memory, the roster features a larger than normal senior class. Hollins will look to their eight seniors for leadership and guidance through a schedule that includes 12 different events. The season will kick off with a pair of invitational style meets, the Converse All Women's Invitational and the ODAC Relay Championships. The team will face their first individual ODAC competition when Emory & Henry comes to Hollins for a dual meet on Halloween. After completing the bulk of their schedule before the holiday break, the team will have five meets after the turn of the calendar to get ready for the season-ending ODAC Swim Championships in early February.
The Hollins swim team came into the 2013-14 campaign on the heels of a pair of winning seasons. With a returning roster that included a pair of All-ODAC performers, the team looked to continue their rise to the top of the conference standings.
The team started the season competing in three invitational and three dual meets, providing a quick opportunity for the newcomers to "get their feet wet" before they attacked the bulk of their meets after the Winter Break. Hollins finished the first part of their season with three top-ten finishes in their invitational meets. Despite failing to pick up a victory in their three dual meets, the Hollins team posted several personal bests and broke more Hollins records en route to gaining valuable experience.
When the calendar turned to January, the team faced many hurdles before even getting into the pool. The team had several members studying abroad and working internships that left the team a little shorthanded for their eight meets before the season-ending ODAC Swim Championships. The team rallied around one another to make a big push, winning three of their final five meets, toward the ODAC Championships. During the term, Hollins bested three ODAC opponents, setting themselves up for their final event of the season.
During the championships, Hollins placed a pair of swimmers in four different ODAC final heats. Meg O'Brien '15 (Chattanooga, TN) earned finals berths in the 400 Individual Medley and the 200 Butterfly. O’Brien enjoyed her best finish, 14th, in the 400 IM. First-year swimmer Hayley Caulfeild-James '17 (Willow Street, PA) capped off her excellent debut season with finals appearances in the 100 and 200 Butterfly.
The young team with just three seniors on the roster constantly improved during a season that saw 17 Hollins swim records fall. With a strong core of swimmers set to return, Hollins will look to use this season as a springboard toward future success.
Note: The Hollins University swim team earned Team Scholar All American Honors for the 2014 spring semester from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All American award to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The swim team's student-athletes were similarly recognized for their academic achievements during the 2013 spring semester. More »