San Diego Mesa College’s swim and diving teams for both men and women are recruiting
for the Spring 2017 competitive season, starting Jan. 3 with a month of cardio conditioning
during Winter Intersession.
Exercise Science 126A, Cardio Conditioning I can be taken by anyone, but it is used
as a pre-season training course for women and men on the swimming and diving teams.
The intersession course, which includes both in-pool and dry land training, can be
signed up for online using the CRN 69658 in Reg-e under the “Spring 2017” semester.
The swim and dive teams officially starts training for the season on Jan. 17 at 1
p.m. The team doesn’t hold official tryouts, but interested students can come on that
day to swim and get feedback on their performance. Coach Fegan said that as long as
someone has a background in swimming they can be accepted on the team.
“All of our competitions are open, the only meet that you have to be fast enough to
qualify for is the state championship,” Fegan said.
The teams practice for two hours every afternoon and two mornings every week. In addition
to experienced competitive swimmers, women’s coach Jim Fegan said that some students
may have transferrable skills that can be used in swimming and diving – such as gymnastics
being used in diving.
“If you have a competitive background, it’s a great opportunity to keep swimming,”
Fegan said of joining the team. “There’s also the fitness advantage of staying in
shape, it’s fun and reports show that being involved in athletics improves your GPA
and your transfer rate.”
Fegan said that the men’s swim team won the conference championship and won fifth place in the state championship last year, and the women’s team took second place at conference ninth place in the
Mesa swimmer Brandon Crabtree won first place in the men’s 50-yard Freestyle (20.09),
set a state record winning first place in the 100-yard Freestyle (44.12) and won first
place in the 100-yard Butterfly (47.95) races during last year’s championship meet,
earning him the Swimmer of the Meet title.
Also in last year’s championship, Mesa swimmer Neil Franka set both a national and
state record for the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 1:47.36, earning him
the title of Men’s Co-performance of the year, according to the California Community
College Athletic Association website.
For more information about the swimming and diving teams at Mesa College, contact
women’s Coach Jim Fegan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (619) 388-2452, or men’s Coach Nathan Resch via email at email@example.com or via phone at (619) 388-2429.
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