Eight seniors on the Mount Union Swimming and Diving team swam their last regular season meet in their home pool on Saturday. The Mount Union Raiders took victory over the Wilmington Quakers for Senior Day.
Saying goodbye to something you cherish so deeply can be bittersweet. The swimmers may not miss the work that went into the vigorous sport, but they will miss the memories and the family they have formed in their four years at Mount Union.
College swimming is an entirely different experience from high school.
“There is a lot more intensity," Marcy Spann, senior said, "but we grow as a family more.”
Spann came in as a freestyle swimmer but has found strengths in other events including the 400 individual medley while in college. She said she is thankful for her teammates and coaches who have always believed in her and pushed her along the way. She loved swimming at Mount Union, but is eager to see what her future in the sport business field holds. She said these four years have truly flown by, and she hopes her teammates will enjoy it as much as she has while they are here.
Senior Logan Palochak saw improvement in himself over the past four years. From being a freshman on a relay with upperclassmen to being a team leader who is looked up to daily, swimming played a significant role in his life. He had a successful four years at Mount Union, and achieved all OAC honors every season, was a part of the school record holding 400 medley team in 2017 and set a school record in 2018 in the 100 butterfly swimming a time of 50.42.
Along with all his success, he believes swimming truly shaped him into the person he is today.
"It makes me feel like I can accomplish whatever I want to do because it's such a hard sport," Palochak said. "You don’t think you’re going to get through it, but you find the will to do what you want to.”
Palochak worked hard and hopes that his teammates find what makes them happy in this sport and will continue striving to be better.