No matter what the meet schedule says, two opponents in swimming stay the same every day: the stopwatch and the brain. A neat bag a tricks helps Seahawk swimmers keep mind over matter.
By Carmine Angioli, Staten Island Advance
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Follow-up: Payoff Time
Seahawks smash 11 school records at NEC championship
The swimming and diving team's hard work paid off big at the Northeast Conference championship, held February 17–19 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Seahawks broke 11 school records and brought home a third place finish, trailing only Central Connecticut State and back-to-back champion Saint Francis of Pennsylvania. The Seahawks had 25 individual championship finalists, with 15 of them coming from members of the freshman class. Also, the diving team capped off its inaugural season with impressive results, and the team placed first among all NEC schools on the winter Academic Honor Roll and on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, based on grade point average and distinguished participation in varsity athletics.
Mark Sowa, who after three seasons at Wagner has coached every Seahawk swimmer in the College's record books, announced on June 28 that he is leaving Wagner to become head coach at the University of Idaho. Sowa led the Green and White to three straight top-three finishes at the NEC Championships, including a second-place finish in 2008–09. Sowa's student-athletes set 23 school records and two NEC records, and they garnered 12 All-NEC honors as well as Wagner's first ever NEC Swimmer of the Year, Jessica Hart '10.