The Elon University club swim team has hosted the largest club sporting event at Elon University since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The participation rate was much higher than in previous years, with 12 schools enrolled against a previous participation of four or five. This follows a year without any in-person club swimming competitions.
“I feel like it’s very important to see that first meeting again,” said Freshman Todd Williams. “This is a great opportunity for us to show that we are here and that we are a club sport that needs to be watched, and for me too I think it is a great honor to have this opportunity to be a part of the team that has this opportunity.
Elon University tied with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for third place. Appalachian State Club Swim and William & Mary Club Swim finished first and second respectively.
The competition, this year dubbed the Trick or Treat Meet, is an annual event for Elon’s Swim Club. At the end of the competition, individual swimmers from each school swim a relay with a pumpkin. This year, Elon University won the pumpkin race.
Since the start of the pandemic, club sports have not been able to host large events. They, like the swim club, improvised with creative solutions, like last year’s “virtual” swim competition. It was a swim meet held at the local YMCA pool due to COVID-19 restrictions and pool renovations at Beck Pool. Teams from Mary Washington University and Elon ran in their own pools, comparing each swimmer’s times using spreadsheets to determine a winner.
However, as COVID-19 restrictions ease this year, swimmers are eager to take advantage of the opportunities it offers.
“This meeting is especially special because I am seeing my times for the first time, and I haven’t been to a meet since high school a few years ago, so having times from this meeting is really beneficial for the next one. meet, “said Elon sophomore Meghan Green.” I can see the hardships I usually go swimming, and that gives me another goal to work towards. “
The Elon University Swim Club, although it is no longer hosting competitions this semester, expects to compete in its next away competition in November at the University of Georgia.