teams remain humble despite successes
The Air Force Academy is not the only element that affects the mens
and womens swimming and diving teams when they travel to Denver,
head coach Richard Sybesma said.
Theres also the altitude.
Before last weekends meet out west, the Frogs had never beaten
Air Force in the high altitude.
Sybesma said the altitude has been a reoccurring problem for his team
against Air Force in the past, especially late in previous meets,
but that the team was able to handle the elevation this time.
We had an awesome trip, he said. I couldnt
be happier. We finally beat them at their place.
Sybesma said one of the biggest keys to the teams victory was
freshman Aran Bean, who set the pool record in the 200 breast with
a 2:07.76 time.
Hes our awesome Aussie in the pool, Sybesma said.
Aran is a fierce competitor and hes also a dynamic person.
Hes the real deal. A true student-athlete.
Bean said he did not feel as though he swam any faster than usual
during his record-setting race and that the quick pool
was responsible for his performance.
It felt pretty good, Bean said. I felt like I had
good speed, but I didnt think it was anything record-setting.
I didnt even realize I had set the record until someone told
me when I got out of the pool.
Bean, a 21-year-old from Australia, said the record and his other
successes this season are more than welcome, but he never anticipated
I didnt really know what to expect when I came here from
Australia at all, he said. I didnt come in with
too many expectations or expecting massive things to happen. Well
see at the end of the season.
Sybesma said he attributes Beans immediate success at the collegiate
level to his competitiveness and ability to perform under pressure.
Hes a really great meet swimmer and one of the best competitors
Ive seen, he said.
However, Sybesma said he realizes the teams great records and
successes are not the result of any one individual.
Weve got a good team, not only in the pool but also outside
it, Sybesma said. Those kids are classy. We win with confidence
Bean said the teams great season can also be attributed to the
close bond the swimmers from the two teams have with one other.
This team, its really amazing, he said. Everyone
out here gets together so well. I think everyone puts in their part
and leads at the same time.
Despite the mens record (8-0) and the womens record (8-1),
Sybesma said the team will have no trouble remaining a humble, close
knit group the rest of the season.
The teams we swim against keep us humble, he said. We
have a confident team, not a cocky team. We arent afraid of
The Frogs host their first home meet in two months this weekend, as
Houston visits 7 p.m. Friday and New Mexico and Florida 11 a.m. Saturday