By: Chase Gardiner/GCU Staff
Following an impressive showing from the Grand Canyon University Club Swimming team at the Phoenix Swim Club Octoberfest meet, Lopes’ Head Coach Jeremy Phung had plenty of reasons to be excited. For starters, the Lopes managed to notch a first-place finish for the first time this year. While such a high placement was surely exciting, perhaps even more promising was the turnout for the meet, which Phung noted was “the best yet.”
With a first place finish under their belts, and attendance levels at an all-time high, Phung has some high expectations for the rest of the season.
“By the end of the year, I want to potentially have every record broken,” said Phung. “That would be ideal to see that happen.”
After only a month, Phung’s wish was already nearing a reality. With another strong turnout for the Ron Johnson Invitational in mid-November, the Lopes posted a collective ninth place finish out of 28 total teams present, while also managing to break a whopping 12 club records. Of the records broken, eight were for individual performance, while the other four were for team relays.
Largely responsible for this record overhaul was Lopes’ freshman swimmer Christy Krahn, who singlehandedly broke five individual records, including three that were previously her own. These records include the 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 Individual Medley, and 200 Individual Medley. Additionally, Krahn also helped the team by placing second overall in her age division.
“It feels really good to know that I hold multiple records for the club team,” admitted Krahn. While being a record holder on the team is undoubtedly quite an honor, Krahn also acknowledged her desire to see the team improve, rather than have her own records stand. “I do hope that my records get broken, either by myself or by my teammates, in the future because that means the team is getting stronger and faster.”
This strong pursuit of continued improvement is an ideal that runs deep within the culture of the GCU Club Swimming team. From the beginning of the season, Phung has harped about his desire to see both his athletes as individuals, and the team collectively, rise to new levels of success. With only a few months of the season gone, Phung has already been able to witness his vision come to pass.
To Krahn, it’s obvious why the team has been so successful so fast. “We’re all on the team for the same reason: we love to swim.”