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Quakers ready for OAC celebration

February 13, 2013

The Wilmington swim team is excited about this year's prospects at the OAC championships. (Wilmington file/Randy Sarvis)

The Wilmington swim team is excited about this year's prospects at the OAC championships. (Wilmington file/Randy Sarvis)

It’s time to celebrate, well sort of. The Wilmington College swim teams are competing this week in the Ohio Athletic Conference championships, starting Thursday at the University of Akron. (Championship Website)

“This is a celebration of swimming,” said head coach Trip Breen. “As we get closer to the championship meet, the work is over. We are resting. We just have to be prepared to race. I think we have a lot to look forward to. Our bodies are right; our training was right, now all we have to do is get our minds right. Put all those things together and you have the pinnacle of the season. There is a true mind and body connection, and our swimmers have to take advantage of that.”

The Quakers have never finished higher than fifth in the championships, and are looking to break through this season.

Wilmington have two swimmers, senior Julie Creech (Dayton, OH/Centerville) and junior Corbin Hellwarth (Celina, OH/Parkway), who earned All-OAC honors in last season’s swim meet. Creech earned league honors in the 100 and 200 butterfly, while Hellwarth earned conference recognition in the 100 breaststroke.

Breen wouldn’t go as far as highlighting which events he thought the Quakers would excel at, but he couldn’t hide his excitement about the teams’ prospects.

“All we have to go on is the psych sheet,” he said. “I am excited where we are on the sheet. Most of the times came from midseason taper meets, and we didn’t taper this season. So most of the times we have are when we swam tired. It’s time to relax, have fun, celebrate this time of the season and see what is possible. It comes down to racing in these final three days.”