After taking the UNYSCSA Championship head-on, men’s swimming and diving went on to perform at a high level at the NCAA regionals. The Dutchmen now look ahead to the opportunity to showcase the abilities of their team at the NCAA Division III Championships in March.
At the UNYSCSA Championship, the Dutchmen were able to perform well across the board en route to top finishes from multiple competitors. The diving team was led by Sam Hoyt ’18 who headlined the event with a record-breaking performance in the 1-meter, as well as an additional top finish in the 3-meter, both of which were recognized in Hoyt’s reception of the men’s Diver of the Meet award.
Additionally, fellow diver Matthew Mintz ’18 followed Hoyt with a podium finish in the 3-meter. For the swimming team, John Enquist ’17 blew away the competition in the 200-yard breaststroke, as he brought home another first place finish for Union. After the success in the UNYSCSA meet, Hoyt and Mintz traveled to Cambridge, Mass. for the NCAA Regional Diving Championships.
Although the two stood alone to represent the school, the pair felt the spirit of the team behind them in their dives. On the first day of the event, the pair represented the team in the 3-meter with a second place finish from Hoyt, as well as a fifth place finish from Mintz. As for the dynamic of representing an entire team in a sport focused on individual results, the pair attributed their success to the team behind them.
Hoyt said, “What it comes down to is doing the sport not for self-gain, but for the teammate sitting next to you.” The two continued to excel in the 1-meter event on the second day of competition with a fourth place finish for Mintz followed by a fifth from Hoyt. Mintz said, “My goal going into regionals was to have fun and to dive more consistently than I previously had.
For the future, I want to keep pushing myself to learn harder dives and to continue to become more consistent with the dives I have and the ones I will learn.” Hoyt and Mintz certainly displayed their consistency from the UNYSCSA’s to the Division III Regionals and will look to do the same at the upcoming Division III National Championship. The Division III Championships will happen in Shenandoah, Tex. from March 15-18. Hoyt, who felt his performance in the regional event could have been slightly better, will look to achieve perfection as the No. 1 diver. As for a goal for the competition, Hoyt added, “I’ll look to dive consistently and to the best of my ability and show everyone how good this team really is.”