Swimming & Diving 2003-04 Season In Review
By ODU Athletics
March 26, 2004
The Old Dominion men's and women's swimming and driving programs both made marked improvements during their 2003-04 season, with both teams finishing with 4-6 records overall and placing sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Fairfax, VA. The Monarchs earned four CAA Performer of the Week awards during the year-three on the women's side and one on the men's side-in what proved to be a very successful rebuilding year for the programs.
Freshman Lauren Timby, the Team Most Valuable Player on the women's side, proved to be the x-factor on the women's team, as she tallied an impressive seven wins in the 200-yard freestyle, seven wins in the 500-yard freestyle, six wins in the 1000-yard freestyle and two wins in the 1650 freestyle. In the CAA Championships, Timby helped lead the women's team to a sixth place performance, bettering their previous eighth place finish the year before, as she placed 2nd in the 1650 freestyle (17:07.85) and 2nd in the 500 freestyle (4:59.88). Timby earned CAA Performer of the Week honors for the week of January 28, based on her performance in the Davidson Quads, where she won the 1650 freestyle (17:08.66), the 200 freestyle (1:56.33) and the 500 freestyle (5:04.27).
Also earning CAA Performer of the Week honors was senior diver Michelle Kenney, who won the award for the week of January 21, after taking both the 1-meter diving (210.07) and 3-meter diving (220.13) events. Freshman Beatrice Szilard, who took CAA Performer of the Week honors for the week of February 4, had a very strong performance at the CAA Championships, winning the 200 backstroke (2:01.59) and placing second in the 100 backstroke (57.50). Also performing well at the Championships was Senior Jessica Miller, who placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.89).
On the men's side, Michael DeNise helped lead the Monarchs charge in the CAA Championships, as the men finished sixth, after finishing seventh the year before. DeNise finished second in the 1650 freestyle (15:42.74), while Nate Tschohl, the MVP on the men's side, had a strong performance by finishing fifth in the 1650 (16:08.29) and fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:53.36). Junior Diver Tommy Dingus placed fifth in both the 1-meter (253.25) and 3-meter (428.95) diving events, while fellow diver, freshman Noah Scully finished sixth (401.75) in the 3-meter event. Scully, who set a school record in the 1-meter diving event (246.67), earned CAA Performer of the Week Honors for the week of February 4.
The Monarchs graduated a total of six seniors-five on the women's side and one on the men's side-at the end of the year, but with a strong freshman class showing tremendous promise during the year, both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs are looking to build on their successes during their 2003-04 campaign.