PREVIEW: Ball State men's swim and dive vs. Miami

Sophomore Alec Tuthill swims in the 200m freestyle during the senior meet against Notre Dame on Feb. 4 in Lewellen Pool. Tuthill finsihed sixth with a time of 1:48:85. Grace Ramey // DN
Sophomore Alec Tuthill swims in the 200m freestyle during the senior meet against Notre Dame on Feb. 4 in Lewellen Pool. Tuthill finsihed sixth with a time of 1:48:85. Grace Ramey // DN

Meet information

When: Saturday, Feb. 11

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Oxford, Ohio


The Ball State men’s swim and dive travels to face Mid-American Conference foe Miami at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Head swimming coach Bob Thomas said practices have been going well this week.

“Right now, everybody is healthy and we are taking it one day at a time,” Thomas said.

For dual meets this season, the Cardinals are 1-3 on the road and 3-1 at home.

“Our athletes have been swimming well in dual meets,” Thomas said.

This weekend some of the athletes will be swimming events they normally have not been swimming during the season.

“It will be exciting and important to see how well they do in those events,” Thomas said.

This year, sophomore Alec Tuthill has been swimming the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events. Tuthill said he has been swimming butterfly in a lot of practices. he would even want to swim the 100-yard butterfly if available.

“At every meet, if there is 100 butterfly, I want to swim it,” Tuthill said. “So I can get more practice in that event, before conference.”

At the last dual meet, Tuthill finished tied for fourth with a time of 52.14.

“To prepare for this meet, I have been focusing on my technique and power,” he said.

During practices this week, freshman Ben Andrew has been focusing on his underwaters and turns. This season, Andrew has been facing senior teammate Austin Green in the 50-yard freestyle.

“It has always been fun to race against him,” Andrew said. “We are both pretty fast and generally we place well.”

In the meet against Notre Dame, Andrew swam a time of 21.91 in the 50-yard freestyle. Andrew said he hopes to swim 21.50.

“That time is a good place to be for the end of the season,” Andrew said. 

On the diving boards, head diving coach Nick Gayes said he has noticed sophomore Gabe Dean more tired in practices.

“The workload is definitely getting to him this week,” Gayes said. “Gabe is getting ready to start his taper and he is looking forward to decrease his volume of dives.”

The taper does not affect Dean’s ability to dive, but Gayes said they will back off just a bit toward the end of the week.

“This would make him a little fresher for Saturday and ready to go,” Gayes said.

At practices this week, Dean has been improving his consistency on his one-meter dives.

“My three-meters dive have been more shaky,” Dean said. “I have to clean those dives up, before MAC.”

In these past meets, Dean has not been keeping his mental game sharp.

“I will just try and keep my composure and know that I can put all of these dives away,” he said. “Confidence is key. I know that I will do fine on my 12 dives.”

The meet starts at 1 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio.  

Comments

More from The Daily






This Week's Digital Issue