Blog Note: Cacky Keating and Meredith LaBerge are teaming up to provide a look into Fairfield Swimming & Diving for Stag Tracks this season.
Hey Stags Country!
My name is Cacky Keating and I am a senior and captain of the women’s swimming & diving team. Meredith LaBerge is a sophomore on the team as well and we will be writing to you throughout our season!
We began practices only three weeks ago but it seems like years already. We started our double practices last week, swimming both at 6am and 5pm, but this week it is already easier to get up in the morning. We are getting ready for our first meet at home on October 6 at 7pm against Boston College.
What some of you may or may not know is that although we score separately from the men’s swimming & diving team, we do everything together. Our men and women’s teams practice together in both the morning and night, and we aren’t separated by gender in the lanes either. In meets, we compete together, but, obviously during the meets, the men race the opposing men’s team, and the women race the women’s opposing team. We score separately, but each team trains and pushes each other to do their best.
We practice Monday through Friday, with doubles Monday through Thursday. Friday evening practices are from 4:30 to 7pm, a little longer than normal making up for not swimming in the morning.
Our head Coach is Bill Farley and he competed in the 1964 Tokyo, Japan Olympics placing fourth in the 1500-meter freestyle. Our assistant coach’s name is Jeremy Howard and he swam for the University of Kansas in his college years. We have a talented coaching staff who trains us from September to March, with our annual training trip in Hawaii every Christmas break.
This year we will be traveling to Hawaii from January 11-21, but we have to return back to school on the January 7 to train before our trip. To help pay for our trip, the Swim & Dive team teach swimming lessons to the greater Fairfield area and the funds pay for our trip.
That is all the background info we have for you now… Touch base next week!
Cacky & Meredith