Jackrabbits pound Panthers

By Jordan C. Smith Sportswriter

The HPER Center was in an uproar Friday night as the Jackrabbit women’s swim and dive team bounced back in a big way from last week’s loss. After taking the first five events of the night there was no looking back as the Jackrabbits swam to an impressive 191-103 win over the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. 

“We were a lot more rested going into this meet than we were last week,” SDSU assistant coach Phil Hurley said. “Last week this time we had swum three meets in seven days.” 

It was obvious to see that the women were having fun Friday. There was an extremely positive atmosphere that was filled with the laughter and teammates joking around. Hurley commented about the environment of the team on Friday, “It’s easy to have fun when you’re winning,” Hurley said.

Whenever you have a team competing yearly for a title, strong leadership is a must. “We look to our seniors,” Hurley said. “We have nine female seniors, and you know we are really leaning on them for leadership.” 

The Jackrabbit senior swimmers accounted for multiple wins Friday night. 

Last week junior Trina Young said “the goal is second [place].” 

Hurley reiterates team’s goal is to place second in the Summit League standings.

“That’s absolutely the team goal,” Hurley said. “We know that Denver has a pretty solid squad, and we’re just not quite there yet.”

Consistency is important in any sport; the Jackrabbits must carry the momentum over into next week.

“A good week of practice,” Hurley said. “We have another great week of practice this week we are going to do good in Green Bay. [We] will get better every week. We have to get better every week. Staying still just isn’t good enough.” 

Junior Emily Campbell was one of the many standouts of the night, she was involved in two of the Jackrabbits’ wins. 

“I thought I did really well,” Campbell said. “I thought overall the whole team in general performed extremely well. I think that it’s good that we all had a little more rest this week … I think that everyone as a team came back, and we all pushed each other.” 

Campbell also expressed her excitement for next weeks meet.

“Road trips always bring out team bonding, which is a lot of fun,” Campbell said. 

The Jackrabbit women’s swim and dive team take it to the pool Nov. 2, in Green Bay, Wis.

 “They’ve always been a really tough meet for us,” Hurley said. “They’ve got a really good squad that we are really competitive with, and it’s going to come down to a couple of races. It’s going to be exciting.”