The 2016-17 season began with some uncertainty for the returning Bison swimmers and divers. The previous year had required all members to reflect on our team dynamic and work towards establishing a more productive athletic environment. This reflection required hard work and commitment, but it produced results. In one short year, our team was able to shift into a cohesive group that contended for the Patriot League crown. However, it was unclear if our progress would maintain over summer break. Considering this, Coach Schinnerer kick-started this season with a simple quote, “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” With that, the Bison swimmers and divers were able to focus on what really mattered: our sport.

As we are nearing the halfway point of our season, it calls for another moment of reflection. It is clear that our team has taken great strides, both in and out of the pool. We have been able to maintain our positive attitudes and bond with our first-year class, who have integrated flawlessly. This comradery has helped the team succeed in both practice and competition. The women’s team has competed fiercely in dual meets, despite our rigorous practice schedule. The Bison women currently has a 3-3 record and is looking to increase its dual meet wins.

There is still much more work to be done during the second half the season. The team is continuing to train hard to ensure fast times and high scores at the Bucknell Invitational in two weeks. Despite this, we haven’t forgotten about our season goals, which include earning a trophy at the Patriot League Championships. The Bison are off to a great start and can’t wait for the rest of the year!

- Abigail Rosenberg