If this season could be summed up in one word for Laura Seibold-Caudill, it would be goals.
The women's swimming and diving coach set out a number of goals for the team this season, one of which was achieved last weekend as the Cardinals defended their title at the House of Champions meet. This weekend is another goal Seibold-Caudill has set for her team as the Cardinals hold the Douglas Coers Invitational.
"Our goal is to be able to defend our title," Seibold-Caudill said. "If you look at last week's results, we didn't win very many events, but we did get a lot of depth points. That is where our team is very strong."
Last weekend Ball State won four of the 20 events en route to a nearly 200-point victory in the eight-team invitational.
Ball State will play host to Grand Valley State University and Findlay University in this weekend's invitational.
"Grand Valley is a very, very good team. They are very deep. They are well coached by a Ball State alum," Seibold-Caudill said.
Last week, Grand Valley lost 140-103 to Michigan State University. Findlay University fell one event shy of sweeping Ursuline College last weekend.
Seibold-Caudill said both last weekend and this weekend's meets are designed to prepare the team for the Mid-American Conference Championship in February.
"They're kind of a rehearsal for the conference meet and what the order of events will be," Seibold-Caudill said. "That's kind of the whole purpose of this."
Seibold-Caudill said her team is still riding a wave of confidence after last weekend's victory.
"The win last weekend was exactly what we needed," Seibold-Caudill said. "They're confident, they're focused, but they're also looking forward to Thanksgiving Break."
After the meet the Cardinals will have a shortened week of practice because of the holiday, but Seibold-Caudill encouraged her team to swim while are at home to not lose the progress they have made.
"They're training hard. Some of the girls said they are training harder than they ever have before," Seibold-Caudill said.
The invitational begins 6 p.m. Friday at Lewellen Pool. The first session Saturday begins at 9 a.m. and the second session begins at 3 p.m.