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Men’s Swim wins 15th NE10 Title

Jaylen CarrSports Editor

During the, NE10, championship weekend, the university’s Men’s Swimming and Diving team won their second straight championship, totaling 710 points to secure the victory against fellow NE10 competition.  

The Owls secured their 15th NE10 Championship, outlasting Bentley University who scored 576 points through the weekend.  

 “Our team really stepped up to the plate and performed beautifully this past weekend,” Head Coach Tim Quill said. “I’m very excited for all of it, especially the captains. They did an incredible job this year just keeping the team going and keeping them motivated.” 

McAllister Milne, a sophomore, was named the NE10 Male Swimmer of the Meet after winning seven medals. The NE10 Male Swimmer of the Meet is given out to the top individual swimmer throughout the championship weekend.   

“It feels great, just doing it twice,” said Milne. “Last year obviously felt great because we haven’t done it in a while.” 

Before the 2021-22 season, the Owls have not won an NE10 championship since 2018.  

Milne won a gold medal in the 800 Freestyle Relay and 400-yard Medley Relay. Franklin Kuhn, a junior, tied Milne with seven medals after winning the 100 Yard Freestyle, placing first with a time of 45.72.  

he was most proud of his 400-yard Medley Relay performance. “It was the best-executed race for me,” Milne said. 

Kuhn said, “It feels really good, especially this year because I was a captain.” 

The Owls brought 16 gold medals, three silvers and six bronzes during the championship weekend.  

Quill said he credits the team’s success for the past two years to how the program recruits talented swimmers and students.  

 “Without quality student-athletes that are willing to work to their truest potential,” Quill said. “Maybe our program isn’t what we see it to be now.” 

Quill credits assistant coach C.J. Morgan as a catalyst for the team’s success because of his skills in recruiting and scouting talented swimmers.  

“We always preach that everybody plays a role in the success of our program regardless of your athletic ability and or your academic ability,” Quill said. “Those things matter, and they play a big, big part in the success of our program.”  

Quill said making sure the athletes prioritize their academics is critical because if they do not do well in the classroom, they will not be able to compete in meets.  

“We keep the goals and objective in the forefront every single day and the athletes really start to believe in it,” Quill said.  

The Owls had ten freshmen on their championship roster, which helped contribute to winning the championship. Freshman Mason Wilde won silver in the 200 Breaststroke, and Samir Souidi, won bronze in the 1,00 Freestyle and 1650 Freestyle.  

“We had a great group of guys,” Kuhn said. “We had a big freshman class; it was cool to see them all get their first taste of it.” 

Quill said another big part of the team’s success is the amount of training and practice the teams put in to sustain that success.  

Milne said: “This year, we knew we didn’t want just to win it; we kind of wanted to win a lot. Everyone had their goal in mind to be better in the personal events.” 

Another part of the team’s success was the captains, Quill said. “It was a great training season. Sure, we have been doing it for over 25 years, but this is probably one of our best condition programs.” 

Kuhn said how the team supports each other in and out of the pool helped lead the team to repeat as champions.  

Quill said, “The difference in the training showed its face and true colors on Saturday and Sunday when this program men and women dominated the conference championship.” 

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