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WC women make national news

Quakers rank No. 3 in team improvement

February 24, 2011

Talent, hard work and encouragement helped the WC women become one of the most improved teams in the nation this season.

Talent, hard work and encouragement helped the WC women become one of the most improved teams in the nation this season.

NATIONAL PERFORMANCE RANKINGS

The Wilmington College women’s swimming team was one of the most improved NCAA Division III squads in the nation, according to data released by www.collegeswimming.com and Avidasports.

Avidasports reported that the Wilmington women ranked No. 3 in the nation in terms of improvement of athletes’ times from in-season to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship last week. Wilmington’s swimmers experienced a 104.9-percent increase in performance.

Only two teams — Illinois Wesleyan University and Colorado College — ranked ahead of the Quakers on the national improvement list.

“I think it’s exciting. This is a product of hard work and an indication that we worked well and we rested pretty well,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said.

Adding to the good feeling, Breen said, is the fact that a majority of his team is comprised of underclassmen, who have obviously adapted to the challenges of collegiate life.

“I think the first year is the hardest, as far as just having a belief in the system,” Breen said. “You’re adjusting to new language, a different coach — you have to make a lot of adjustments. I think the team did such a great job. This is a benefit of the adjustments they made and the hard work they put in.”

Breen described the national spotlight as both a pat on the back and a type of new challenge.

“It’s important not to become complacent,” Breen said. “Even if something worked one year, it’s doesn’t mean we do the exact same thing the next year. You always have to strive for more. You have to continue to have higher expectations that people that have been on your team in the past. That’s my goal for next year.”