Swimming teams have nice mix of youth, experienced swimmers

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With 14 first-years on the women's roster and 10 more on the men's team,  the Colby College swimming and diving teams open the season with tough tests at Amherst College on Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what both teams are able to accomplish at the conference and national level," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "Both teams will benefit from a large, highly talented, and very passionate first-year class in combination with a strong group of returning athletes."
 
For the Colby women, Olivia Hammer-Grant returns after having a fine season a year ago in the sprint freestyle races. Katherine King and Madi Keohane both return in the backstroke, Alicia Elliott will lead the divers, and Abigail Taylor-Roth will swim the middle distance races and the individual medley.
 
On the men's side, Travers Losert returns in the diving events after qualifying for the NCAA regionals. Ryan Bedell earned victories last season in the distance freestyle races, Jacob Tower swims the sprint freestyle events, and Carter Garfield should be strong in the breaststroke and individual medley.
 
"I have been impressed by how fast the teams have gained cohesion and their efforts in training have met the expectations of our coaching staff," Burton said. 
 
Colby will have four dual meets at home this season, including the first against Brandeis on Saturday, Dec. 7.