2007 Season Outlook
look forward to start of 2007-08 season
The Mansfield University
swim team will kick off its season with the home opener on Saturday, October
13 at noon.
2007-08 edition of the Mountaineers features nine swimmers led by veterans
Maureen Maikner, Tricia Learn, Mary Tucker and Sarah Koontz.
Head coach Danita
Fox, entering her 11th season overseeing the program,
is pleased with the way the team has been practicing the past few
“We have a small squad of
women,” Fox said. “They have shown a lot of heart and dedication in their
training the past few weeks.”
The group of nine is lead
by lone senior Maureen Maikner. Maikner, who swam in the 200
medley relay at the PSAC Championship last year, has put in a lot of time in
early season practices and looks promising for the upcoming meets. Maikner
will compete individually in the butterfly and the breaststroke.
Junior Tricia Learn
earned a place in the PSAC Championships last season after breaking the
school record in the 1650 free. She also swam in the
4x400 free relay in the PSAC Championships and is expected to be one of the
teams top point scorers in distance and medley events. She brings
experience from the cross country team to swim the distance events for the
swim team. She will be competing in the distance free and individual medley
Fellow junior Mary
Tucker will also compete in the distance free and will swim in the
100 backstroke. Tucker has not competed in this event since high school.
Koontz is back after a solid freshman season that saw her earn the
team's Most Improved Player honors and will compete in the sprint free
events this year. Koontz competed with Learn at the PSAC Championships in
the 4x400 free relay last year. Koontz has looked outstanding so far in
Stillittano will round out the distance team and will compete in the
middle distance freestyle events and the butterfly.
Amy Hoffman has been a pleasant surprise so far in practice.
Hoffman will compete in the sprint and middle distance free events.
Junior Stacey Allesch
will race in the freestyle.
Stengel competes in the breaststroke and freshman Megan
Smickley will compete in the butterfly.
The team travels to the
Bloomsburg Relays next week before hosting Bloomsburg in a dual meet on Oct.