Swimming & Diving: Coach: Winning close matches against conference foe pivotal

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    After an impressive outing against a conference foe, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will welcome another conference opponent to the University Rec Center Saturday.The teams will face Wyoming at home, on the heels of a sweep against the Air Force Falcons last weekend.

    With the men’s team standing at 4-0 and the women’s team at 4-2 heading into the weekend, head coach Richard Sybesma said the teams are looking at some close races on Saturday, but it could turn out to be a big conference victory for the teams.

    “Winning the close races is what we need to do this weekend,” Sybesma said. “There will be several of them. The events we match up in really close, we’ve got to win.”

    Considering a large number of freshmen make up this year’s team, the group has come together and are continuing to grow stronger as the season moves on, senior Jonathon Berrettini said.

    “The biggest challenge is just going to be sticking together, and just persevering through the tough times at this meet,” Berrettini said.

    Senior Scott McCracken said Wyoming presents an interesting challenge with the number of strong swimmers the team has to face with this weekend. McCracken, who was named the Mountain West Conference swimmer of the week after winning the 50-free and 100-free against Air Force, said the team needs to step up its game in order to pull away against a good Wyoming team.

    “We just came off a big win from Air Force last weekend, and we don’t want to lose that drive,” McCracken said. “We’re definitely going to have to be on our A-game.