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La Salle Swimming Looks to Make Waves in A-10 Championships

As the La Salle men’s swim team prepare to bring in the end of their season, two members of the team: Sean Barbour (Butterfly, So.), and Norman Gregory (Freestyle, Butterfly, So.) evaluate where their team stands heading into the conference meet.

As a team, La Salle swimming is pre-seeded to finished top three among the thirteen schools participating in the Atlantic Ten Championship, competing with programs like George Washington (former champions), Massachusetts, Fordham and St. Louis.

Coming off a second place A-10 finish last year, the sophomores evaluate what the team needs to do to beat out the competition this year.

According to Barbour and Gregory, since the impressive second place finish for La Salle in 2016, the team’s focus has shifted from individual success, to success as a team, “dedicated to [pursuing] the goal of winning conferences” Gregory says. “The ring [George Washington] got? That’s a motivator right there,” Barbour adds.

A promising La Salle competitor mentioned entering A-10’s appears to be Fabian Bergman, a senior Backstroke participant. Earlier this season, Bergman broke a longstanding 200-meter backstroke record at La Salle’s own Kirk Pool. He is the top seed in A-10’s for the 100m and 200m backstroke, potentially scoring crucial points for the team.

Barbour will compete and is seeded to score in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly, as well as the 50 yard freestyle, while Gregory will swim in the 50 yd and 100 yd freestyle, also competing in the 100 yard butterfly.

Both swimmers believe an A-10 championship win under their belt is very possible if the team performs as well as they have throughout the season, as they hope to bring more attention to the program at La Salle.

This year’s Atlantic 10 Conference Meet will be held at the SPIRE Institute, located in Genova, Ohio, February 14-17.

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