Since fall 2010 when the Feature Team initiative was first introduced, members of the Spirit Committee have been highlighting CJ sports teams throughout all three athletic seasons, and their efforts to build school-wide support for Eagle student-athletes officially resumed during the week of January 17-21.
The committee has had its hands full hanging locker signs and organizing lunch-time appreciations for members of the men’s and women’s swim team this week due to the growing number of Eagle swimmers in 2012. Participants have increased by 30 percent since last season.
“The participation level for CJ swimming is the highest it has been with more than 60 students combined on both the men’s and women’s sides,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director. That increase in roster size is having a direct impact on the Eagles' performance in the water, he added.
“The program is growing and the accomplishments are growing right along with it,” Pierce said.
After a strong start by the men’s and women’s team, which finished in eighth and first place respectively at the 2011 Trotwood-Greenon Invitational, the two squads have each carried the success into the New Year with a recent victory over Northmont on January 7.
Dan Striebich, a senior captain for the men’s team, attributes the program’s triumphs and popularity to its healthy balance of young athletes, experienced veterans and the general sense of all-around fun it is to be an Eagles swimmer.
“Swimming with the team and hanging out with friends at meets is a lot of fun,” Streibech said. The social aspect, something he said teammates can take away even after the season is over, extends outside of the pool as well. Among other team-building activities, CJ swimmers host one another for dinner at “pasta parties” every Friday.
The Eagles will take to the starting blocks this Saturday, Jan. 21 in the team’s featured meet beginning at 10 a.m. at Wright State University.