By: Julie Laugel/GCU Staff
The Lopes’ first meet as a team exceeded expectations.
The GCU Club Swimming team placed second at the Southwest Classic Invite on Jan. 31, facing Arizona Christian University and Soka University (California). In their first meet bringing the entire team, the Lopes added nine more swimmers with national qualifying times in 17 different events.
“We’re on the right track as a team; our speed and our depth are there,” said GCU Club Swimming Head Coach Jeremy Phung. “The times they were throwing blew my expectations away – especially for our first meet of the year.”
Women – 3rd Place Finish
Out of the 19 women swimmers, Madison Hotmer was the Lopes’ top scorer, earning two silver finishes, one bronze finish, and making national qualifying times in both the 100 Backstroke and 200 Individual Medley.
Sophomore Amelia Portin also swam in two events for the Lopes. In her first meet as a GCU Club Swimming member, Portin placed third in the 200 Individual Medley and fourth in the 200 Freestyle, qualifying for nationals in both events.
“I was pretty surprised by both of my times because I haven’t swum in a meet in a few years, so it was cool to be back in the pool and swimming in a real swim meet,” said Portin.
Also in her first meet for the Lopes, GCU freshman Victoria Hobrock swam in three events, qualifying for nationals in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly.
“It was nice to get back out there,” said Hobrock. “I’m just trying to qualify for a lot of different events so that I can have options about what I want to swim (for nationals).”
Men – 1st Place Finish
The GCU Club Swimming men placed first in four different events – including the 200 Freestyle Relay – which was only seconds shy of beating a GCU record.
“Our team record came from nationals last year when all four guys were suited up and tapered and everything,” said Phung. “This was our very first meet, and these guys have never swum together, so for them to be a few seconds off of that record is amazing.”
Sam Jones was the top swimmer for the men, coming in first place and qualifying for nationals in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Freestyle.
“We’re hoping to take half of the team to nationals, but I don’t think we’ll have a problem with that,” said Phung. “A lot of them are really close to qualifying, so I’m sure we’ll get those times.”
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