The men and women’s University of Hawaii swim and dive teams won the league championships this past weekend. Both squads were out in Los Angeles, California making history. The women’s team won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crown for the third straight year, while it was the men’s first ever league title.
“It was very special,” said junior swimmer Phoebe Hines. “We’ve never actually don’t that before, getting both men and women. And it was a very special feeling. I think all the girls were very excited to see all the boys be so happy because we know that it kinda hurts them when we win and they don’t. The men have worked so hard, so to be up there with us, it was good. It’s been the plan the whole time and we finally got to do it.”
“It was great because last year we lost by a really close margin,” said senior swimmer Metin Aydin. “We watched the other team celebrate and we told ourselves it’s not going to happen again. So I think this year was really sweet to jump in the pool ourselves and everybody was hugging each other and really happy because we knew how much it took to get there.”
“It’s been a pretty crazy three years with the men’s team just with the transition of the coaching staff,” said head coach Dan Schemmel. “But it’s been a lot of fun. And we are very proud of where they’ve come and the sacrifices that they had to make and overcome to get to where we were. So it was very rewarding. And the women have been superstars for three years so far.”
Both teams have zone qualifiers in two weeks. The national meet begins in the end of March.