(AGENPARL) – WEST POINT (GEORGIA) ven 23 ottobre 2020
Swimming | Wed, Oct. 21, 2020 at 2:10 PM
WEST POINT, Ga. (Oct. 21, 2020) – The Point University swimming teams are fiercely ready to compete and strive towards excellence as they open their 2020-21 season against Thomas University and South Georgia State on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Thomasville, Georgia.
Last season recap
Last season the women’s swim team competed in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships, finishing in seventh place with 191 points. Five members of the women’s team qualified for the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships last season and three of those five will be returning to compete this season.
The men’s swim team finished in sixth place in the AAC and sent five members to compete at the NAIA National Championships, where they finished in 21st place.
Preparing for the upcoming season
Derek Kite is entering his third season as the head coach of the Skyhawks and is looking to build off the team’s success last season. “We are focusing on stability and staying level,” Kite says. “No matter what happens in our lives on the outside, we can always focus on the inside. I try to do this from a biblical and Christian based perspective”.
Having to prepare for the uncertainty that comes with this year, Kite says that the team’s goals are changing daily, but the ultimate goal is to have fun and be excited to compete.
This year’s squad
The Skyhawks will be returning several swimmers who have experienced what it takes to qualify for the National Championships.
For the women, the Skyhawks will be returning senior Brittany Morris, who competed last season at the NAIA National Championships as a 200 freestyle relay member. Taylor Sturgis is also a top returner with NAIA National Championships experience, competing alongside Morris in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay. Nica Pretorius will be returning with nationals experience as a 400 freestyle relay national qualifying team member. Kite says he expects these returners to lead the team this season due to their experience and success.
On the men’s side, senior’s Kamal Pearson and Xavier Philips and junior Jaxon Kite are expected to make a big impact this season. Philips and Kite represented the Skyhawks at the NAIA National Championships last season and were a part of the 200 freestyle relay team that broke the school record. Coach Kite says he is expecting more school records to be broken by these upperclassmen this season.
On the schedule
Following Point’s first event on Oct. 24, they will be hosting Columbia and Piedmont for a home meet on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Skyhawks have a total of five meets before competing at the AAC Championships, which will be held in Kingsport, Tennessee, Feb. 11-13. The NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, March 3-6.