The Regis College Swimming and Diving Team is coached by James Sweeney along with Marissa Minor who is the graduate assistant coach. The swim and dive team has had many successes over the past few years for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The Men’s team has twelve members who are all swimmers. The Women’s team consists of sixteen swimmers and three divers. The goals of the team this year are to “Always be better than last year. Become stronger and faster, strive for perfection.” They are also striving to have a team GPA of a 3.5 this season.
The Swimming and Diving Team has been an associate member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for over the past six years. They are also a part of the The New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) which is comprised of 21 teams in New England.
The team is full of talent which is apparent if you take a look at their records. Last season the women’s team broke six school records. Over the duration of the last five years, the women’s team has broken seventeen records. The men’s team broke twelve records last season, and has broken eighty-eight in the last five years. Over the past five seasons, the team has broken a total of 105 school records. At the NE Championships the women’s team finished in sixth place, which is their highest in the history of the program. The men’s team finished in sixth which is their third highest placing in program history. At the ECAC Championships, both the men and women’s teams scored points against teams from all divisions. The men’s team has been the highest placing D3 school for the past four years at the ECAC championship.
Not only do these student athletes have skill in the pool, but they also have skills in their classroom settings as well. Last year the women’s fall GPA of a 3.3 was ranked 34th in the country, with an improvement during the spring semester to a GPA of a 3.4 which ranked them at 30th in the country. The men’s team last year had a fall GPA of a 3.4 which put them at 32nd in the country. Their spring GPA was a 3.3, ranking them 24th in the country.
Recently the team participated in a national Tread-A-Thon here at Regis College. The purpose of this was to assist the International Water Safety Foundation in raising awareness about the dangers of drowning and also to promote water safety. The Regis College Swimming and Diving Team, along with 48 other teams are hoping to have set a new Guiness World Record for the “Most People Treading Water at the Same Time in Multiple Locations.” This event was witnessed by Mark Clemente (Regis Associate Athletic Director), Chris Avery (game operations assistant), and Pam Roecker (Dean of Athletics) who was the steward. This event was also streamed by Regis on Facebook Live.
This year for their opening meet on Saturday October 14, both teams competed at The University of New England. The women’s team unfortunately suffered a loss with a final score of 157-104, while the men outswam the Nor’easters 149-48. The team’s are away for the next few weeks but have their first home meet of the season on November 11th at 1 p.m. against Babson and Norwich.
Be sure to follow the swim and dive team throughout the rest of their season!