Fairfield Athletics

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Team recently traveled to Buffalo, NY from February 17-19 to compete in the 30th Annual MAAC Championships. Although the women placed sixth overall with 321 points and men placed eighth with 193.5 points, the team still broke numerous personal and program records during the meet.

“We did not have one bad swim and almost everyone did at least personal best times in the meet,” said Head Coach Bill Farley. “This MAAC [championship] was probably our best one, even though it didn’t show [in] the team standings.”

Team member Tommy Peters ’12 agreed that, “Although we didn’t place as high as past years, we still managed to break 16 program records and tie another, while giving the underclassmen great exposure to the best in the conference.”

“Our goals for the future are improve the team to the point where everyone on team is on the same page and everyone has a division 1 attitude,” explained Farley.

Peters also said, “We expect to see the best season that Fairfield swimming has ever seen next year.”

The team is also offering swim lessons during March and April. A series of five 45- minute lessons, each taught by a varsity Swimming and Diving Team member, will cost $150.00 and will be held in the RecPlex. Students, faculty, and community members can register for lessons by e-mailing fairfielduswimlessons@gmail.com.

“The program is a great way for our team to give back to the community and form great relationships with Fairfield County residents,” said Caroline Menapace ’12, who has been involved in the program since her freshman year and recently took over as one of the program coordinators last spring.

As past co-organizer Sasha Campbell ’11 notes, the lessons are a great opportunity for the team to “offer our advice and skills on a sport that we’ve all been doing for such a long time,” and the event has “always had great turn out.”

The proceeds from the swim lessons help to pay for the team’s training trip to Hawaii.

“It’s really a win-win situation to be engaging with the community as well as bringing attention to our team and Fairfield Athletics as a whole,” explained Menapace. “I have high hopes that lessons this spring will get everyone pool-ready for the summer, and put the team well on our way back to Hawaii!”

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