Feb. 16, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE - The woman's swimming and diving team has two goals in mind as they prepare for the Atlantic 10 Championships Feb. 19-21 at the Flickinger Aquatic Center in Buffalo, N.Y.: personal bests for the team and a championship.
After finishing second to Richmond for the past two years, St. Bonaventure enters the meet with hopes of an upset.
"The goal as always is to upset Richmond," said St. Bonaventure head coach Lance Brennan. "It is a lofty goal. They will have to have a bad meet and we will have to have a good meet."
"Our second goal is to have as many individual and relay winners as possible," added Brannan. "We want everyone to swim well."
The Bonnies will rely heavily upon sophomore Elise Gaillard who is among the favorites in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Gaillard, a two-time winner of the A-10 Performer of the Week award, enters the championship with the second best time in the 100-yard breast and third best time in the 200-yard breast. Last year, Gaillard finished third in both the 100 and 200-yard breast in 1:06.28 and 2:24.32, respectively.
Coach Brennan is expecting big things out of freshman Laura Bull, a two-time recipient of the A-10 Rookie of the Week award.
"As a freshman, Laura Bull has the ability to surprise herself and swim well," said Brennan. The sprint crew of seniors Mary Roth and Karyn Schachinger, juniors Kristy Michalek and Cindy de Vries, and sophomores Stephanie Belke, Ayse Diker and Stephanie Karl will also be looked upon to deliver.
Senior Maureen Theis enters the meet with the A-10's top scores in the one and three-meter diving competition. Lat year, Theis finished third in the one-meter diving competetion with a score of 226.85 and second in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 397.15. Sophomores Jacqueline Babich and Stephanie Karnas also look to challenge for titles on the boards.
Bull and freshman Shiloh Brice will look to teammates for veteran leadership as they participate in their first A-10 championship meet.
Complete meet results will be available each night on St. Bonaventure's athletics website, www.gobonnies.com.