Men’s Swimming dominates in home invitational

Men’s swimming faced University of New England, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Clark University, Gordon College, Western New England University and Regis College in the Roger Williams Invitational meet Saturday, Oct. 20. The Hawks completely dominated the meet with a first-place finish and final score of 242 points.

The 2018-2019 season is off to a great start for the Hawks. The boys took first or second place in every event in this, their first significant meet of the season.

Assistant Coach Connor Devers elaborated on the new training technique that the team is using to start their new season.

“We’re trying something new this year, we’re hitting the weight room before all of our home meets. We’re training them to overcome physical adversity,” said Devers. “For the most part people are responding to it really well.”

Junior John Babuka concurred with Devers.

“It’s actually really important,” says Babuka. “Whenever we go away to a championship and we’re not lifting, we’re gonna feel good. Realgood.”

Babuka was among the top performers of the meet alongside freshman Lucas Stencel, sophomore Hunter Wronski, sophomore Christian Montanez and senior captain Hunter Olson. The five of them made up the winning teams for the 200 Medley relay and the 400 Freestyle relay, in addition to numerous first and second place finishes in other events.

Not only does the team participate in strenuous workouts, Devers said the team has been putting in time outside the pool.

“During the week we’re trying to swim a little bit less and really get in some face time and team bonding,” says Devers.

Captain Gabe Pasqualucci commented on the strength of the team this season.

“The men’s team is one of the best in Roger Williams history,” he said. “We work hard in and out of the pool and we put in countless hours…In the end, you can have successful seasons and successful individuals, but good teams come from a good culture and we really solidify that foundation.”