Swimmers get wet during exhibition

    After five weeks of grueling practices, the UCSD swim team finally hit the water in a competition at the annual Blue and Gold meet Oct. 13 at Canyonview Pool.

    Colin Young-Wolff
    Guardian

    The Blue and Gold meet is an intersquad competition that divides the swim team in half and allows the swimmers to get back into a competitive mindset after weeks of training.

    The event was also a chance for head coach Scott McGihon to preview what his swimmers will be like during the regular season.

    “”The meet went real well,”” McGihon said. “”We had some very good swims from the men and the women. It’s a good chance to get a sense of pseudo-real competition. It’s also good for the freshman to get used to the meet format that we have in college.””

    The freshman were a welcome surprise for the coach.

    “”I am definitely excited about the incoming class,”” McGihon said. “”They swam better than what we recruited them as.””

    The women’s swim team had a solid effort all around.

    “”There wasn’t a big standout,”” McGihon said. “”The returners showed that they were ready to step up and swim fast and the freshman stepped it up and swam fast.””

    Overall, the meet left McGihon with a good feeling about the upcoming season.

    “”I think that we are ready to surprise some teams,”” McGihon said. “”This meet gave me a lot of hope and excitement for the upcoming season.””

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